Fresno State finally had a lead against No. 15 UC Santa Barbara.
Except it didn’t last long and a couple of early runs were not nearly enough in a 7-2 loss Friday, the Bulldogs’ third straight in the four-game nonconference series.
Taylor Ward and Manny Argomaniz, the 3-4 hitters in the lineup, each went 0 for 4 and are a combined 0 for 23 against the Gauchos, who go for a series sweep this afternoon. Argomaniz’s struggles actually started before this series, with the senior captain hitless in his past 18 at-bats, including five strikeouts.
Fresno State (16-16) broke on top 2-0 as Jesse Medrano grounded out and Ryan Dobson doubled to drive in runs in the top of the third.
The Gauchos (22-7) answered with four straight hits, including a two-run double by Woody Woodward, and a sacrifice fly in the bottom half to move ahead 3-2.
The Bulldogs mustered just three hits the rest of the way, blanked across the final six innings as 6-foot-6 left-hander Justin Jacome (5-1, 2.05 ERA) pitched into the ninth before Alex Garcia came on to strike out the final two Bulldogs hitters.
Bulldogs co-captain Garrett Mundell, one of five to pitch for his team Friday, allowed four runs on seven hits and a walk in 31/3 innings.
Fresno State is 2-12 on the road ahead of Saturday’s 2 p.m. series finale, with Bulldogs southpaw Anthony Arias (1-0, 6.05 ERA) to face right-hander Shane Bieber (4-2, 2.30).
Softball team stumped at plate in loss to Aztecs
A day after amassing 13 hits, the Fresno State softball team recorded only three Friday and was shut out for the fourth time this season in a 3-0 defeat at San Diego State.
The top five batters in Fresno State’s lineup went hitless against Aztecs pitcher Erica Romero (22-10, 2.99 ERA), roughed up inside the circle during the Bulldogs’ 5-0 win Thursday. Romero on Friday struck out six and didn’t allow a walk as San Diego State evened the three-game Mountain West series.
Hannah Harris (7-3, 2.46), who got the start for the Bulldogs after Jill Compton tossed a two-hitter Thursday, gave up three runs (two earned) on eight hits in five innings.
Three-time defending conference champ San Diego State (24-13, 7-1) is two games ahead of Fresno State (24-13, 5-3). The teams meet for the final time this season at noon Saturday.
Women golfers stay close to ranked opponents
Some of the nation’s top-ranked women’s golf programs didn’t appear to hold much of an intimidation factor over Fresno State through one round at the Ole Miss Rebel Intercollegiate.
The Bulldogs shot a 2-over 290 at the Ole Miss Golf Course in Oxford, Miss., and were in third in the 18-team field. Fresno State trailed No. 15 Furman (288) and No. 19 Texas A&M (289) but was ahead of No. 10 Tennessee and No. 18 Kent State.
Fresno State senior Madchen Ly and freshman Mimi Ho were tied for second after shooting 2-under 70s, one behind Kent State’s Josee Doyon. Ly carded four birdies and Ho five, including on three of the first five holes of the back nine.
The three-day tournament continues Saturday. For live scoring, visit birdiefire.com.
Bulldogs track and field runner sets school record
Fresno State’s Annemarie Schwanz broke a 31-year-old school record in the 5,000-meter run at the Stanford Invitational.
Schwanz, the Bulldogs’ lone participant at the meet, finished second in her heat at 16 minutes, 23.63 seconds and was first among all collegiate participants at Cobb Track & Angell Field. Schwanz bettered the 16:26.40 of Renee Ortiz in 1984.
Bulldogs women’s tennis flawless on Senior Day
Aishwarya Agrawal , Tanya Murtagh and Anne Susdorf were victorious while celebrating their Senior Day in Fresno State’s final home women’s tennis match of the year, a 7-0 win for the No. 37 Bulldogs over Mountain West rival Nevada.
Fresno State (15-3, 4-0) has won nine straight, the past two 7-0.
• The Bulldogs men lost 6-1 at No. 37 San Diego State, falling in straight sets in 5 of 6 singles matches. Nikolas Papic won at No. 2.