The Fresno State softball team served a reminder Friday why it was picked to win the Mountain West Conference title.
Capitalizing on two errors in the first, the Bulldogs scored six runs in the opening inning en route to a 9-0 victory that ended in five innings via mercy rule at Colorado State in Fort Collins.
Freshman Chase Leehong hit her first career home run with a three-run shot in the first and sophomore Kierra Willis belted her team-leading sixth home run, another three-run blast, in the fourth.
Bulldogs pitcher Jill Compton tossed a three-hitter for her fourth shutout of the season and Fresno State's seventh overall. The Bulldogs also have now won five games that ended early via the eight-run mercy rule.
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"We came out ready in the first inning, took advantage of some errors and capitalized on our opportunities." Bulldogs coach Trisha Ford said in a news release. "Jill had a solid game on the mound and was able to pitch us to a win."
The Bulldogs had their leadoff batter reach base every inning except the fifth and amassed 10 hits.
Malia Rivers, Michelle Solomon and Bria Kennedy each had two hits for Fresno State.
Bulldogs catcher Paige Gumz also threw out a runner in the Rams' only stolen base attempt. Colorado State (18-14, 0-1) entered the day successful on 48 of 52 steal attempts.
The series continues at noon Saturday and the finale at 11 a.m. Sunday.