Make that an unlucky seven for Fresno State’s baseball team in its latest bid to find a win, any win, on the home diamond of the New Mexico Lobos.
The Bulldogs fell to 0-7 in Albuquerque since joining the Mountain West Conference, and fittingly Friday it was a seven-run inning that proved their undoing as the Lobos rolled 12-7 to open a three-game series.
Fresno State (15-12, 6-4) actually led in this one, with three consecutive hitters delivering what must have felt like a series of momentum-shifting two-out RBI hits in a four-run third inning while erasing an early 1-0 deficit.
The Bulldogs quickly gave back two in the bottom half, then got one of their own in the top of the fourth before New Mexico swung the seven-run hammer.
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Freshman right-hander Rickey Ramirez relieved starter Jimmy Lambert to begin the bottom of the fourth and got a groundball to short for the first out. But an error by third baseman Manny Argomaniz, whose two-run single was the Bulldogs’ big hit in the third, helped ignite the Lobos.
A walk, hit batsman and a tying single ended Ramirez’s night. Dylan Lee followed and two pitches into his outing allowed a bases-clearing double to No. 2 hitter Lane Milligan. There were three more hits, two of them bringing in runs as did a wild pitch, and a third pitching change before the inning finally came to an end.
New Mexico (13-10, 6-4) tacked on two in the fifth to push its lead to 12-5 against a Bulldogs team that entered as the Mountain West leader in team ERA at 3.77. Fresno State pitchers had limited the opposition to a conference-low .236 average, but gave up 12 hits to the Lobos.
The Bulldogs are 1-8 this season away from Beiden Field.
Bulldogs ride into title match vs. SMU
Fresno State will face Southern Methodist for the United Equestrian Conference championship Saturday after the top-seeded Bulldogs beat South Dakota State 13-3 to open the competition at the Student Horse Center.
The Bulldogs, No. 5 nationally, dominated in equitation on the flat (4-0) and reining (5-0).
Kylina Chalack (166) led the way for Fresno State in equitation over fences. Kara Spicer (161, flat) and Taylor Brown (146.5 horsemanship; 138.5 reining) had the other top Bulldogs scores.
SMU beat New Mexico State 10-6 to reach Saturday’s 9 a.m. final.
Fresno State will honor nine of its riders on Senior Day this morning: Gianna Armanino, Linne Beason, Bryn Boyett, Ciara Kozlowski, Kirsten McKillop, Brigid O’Leary, Randi Pomrehn, Amanda Postel and Spicer.
Tennis: Women win, men fall vs. top foes
Anne Susedorf won 6-1, 6-3, No. 59-ranked Sophie Watts 6-3, 6-4 and Maiar Sherif Ahmed 7-6 (6), 6-3 as Fresno State’s No. 34 women’s tennis team used a run of straight-sets singles victories to beat No. 55 Denver 5-2.
The Bulldogs are 13-3 while the Pioneers fell to 7-7.
• Samir Iftikhar helped secure the doubles point in a tiebreaker, then the nation’s No. 61-ranked singles player clinched it by edging Sai Kartik 7-5, 7-5 as No. 44 New Mexico beat the visiting Bulldogs men in a Mountain West match. Fresno State is 9-7 overall and 0-2 in the league. The Lobos are 13-8 and 1-0.