The Fresno State softball team defeated Cal Poly 4-1 on Sunday at Margie Wright field in the final nonconference game before Mountain West play begins.
The win, however, didn’t prevent usually mild-mannered coach Trisha Ford from scolding the Bulldogs afterward.
The Bulldogs (19-10) amassed 11 hits against the Mustangs (14-16). But Fresno State also left 10 runners on base, seven in scoring position.
“Wins are always good, and we’ll take them,” Ford said. “But we’ve got to put a team away.
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“We had very unfocused at-bats with runners in scoring position.”
The Bulldogs loaded the bases in the second but came away with no runs after flying out in three straight at-bats.
The next inning, Fresno State struck out then grounded out to leave runners on second and third.
Fresno State did score twice in the fourth but also stranded runners on first and second.
And though the Bulldogs managed to score a run in the sixth off a bases-loaded walk, Fresno State failed to deliver a big blow and tack on more. Instead, the Bulldogs hit a ground out to the pitcher for a fielder’s choice, then struck out swinging.
“We know that we’re a better team than that,” said Bulldogs leadoff hitter Brenna Moss, who finished 2 for 3 with two runs. “It’s expected of us to perform better than that.”
Bulldogs No. 2 hitter Malia Rivers went 3 for 3 with two RBIs. No. 3 hitter Michelle Solomon went 2 for 2 with two walks and an RBI.
Bulldogs junior Jill Compton (11-7, 2.62 ERA) struck out seven while going the distance for the second straight day. Compton was coming off a 3-1 loss to No. 16 Minnesota on Saturday, which dropped the Bulldogs to 1-6 against nationally ranked teams.
Baseball team drops series
Fresno State booted a routine grounder in the top of the ninth, leading to a 1-0 loss to UC Davis on Sunday and the Bulldogs’ first series defeat at home this season.
Bulldogs closer Jake Shull, trying to work out of a self-inflicted jam with runners at the corners and two outs in the ninth, appeared to induce the inning-ending grounder to second against Aggies No. 9 hitter Brad Pluschkell.
But Bulldogs sophomore Jesse Medrano, who was brought in during the ninth after starting second baseman Koby Batesole was taken out for a pinch hitter an inning earlier, stumbled while fielding the grounder.
Fresno State (10-11) dropped two of three against UC Davis (13-7-1) in the nonconference affair, marking the first time in four multi-game series at Beiden Field that the Bulldogs finished on the losing end.
Bulldogs starting pitcher Garrett Mundell logged a no-decision despite throwing 72/3 scoreless innings.
Fresno State endured its first shutout this season and lost by one run for the seventh time.
Women’s tennis team rolls again
Though Fresno State’s top singles player Maiar Sherif Ahmed had her 14-match win streak halted, the 43rd-ranked Bulldogs women’s tennis team still prevailed 5-2 against Idaho at the Wathen Tennis Center.
Fresno State’s Sophie Watts, Rana Sherif Ahmed, Anneka Watts and Tanya Murtagh each won in singles action. The Bulldogs also took two of three in doubles play to win another point.
Maiar Sherif Ahmed lost in a third-set tiebreak, falling 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (8-6).
Lacrosse team falls short
Fresno State allowed eight straight goals en route to a 17-6 loss to Winthrop.
Bulldogs freshman Nicole Ortlieb scored back-to-back goals within 30 seconds, joining Chyna Hill and Marcy Levatino with two goals each. Fresno State (2-6) has lost three straight.