After Fresno State’s narrow one-run loss to Utah State on Saturday leveled the series, the Bulldogs showed no mercy Sunday in run-ruling the Aggies 8-0 in five innings to clinch the Mountain West series.
Starting pitcher Jill Compton pitched a one-hitter and fanned five to improve to 19-10 this season in the circle, including 8-3 in conference play.
Offensively, catcher Paige Gumz started the onslaught in the third inning with a two-run homer to left. One inning later, Fresno State turned up the heat, batting through the lineup while stringing together seven hits for six runs.
Malia Rivers plated the first two runs of the fourth with a bases-loaded chopper over third base. Kierra Willis followed with a shallow single to center to score Brenna Moss.
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Fresno State loaded the bases again with one out, setting up Alyssa Villalpando’s two-run single for a 7-0 lead. After a walk and fielder’s choice loaded the bases for the third time in the inning, Whitney Smith drew a walk for the eighth and final run.
The win vaults the Bulldogs (30-14, 11-4 Mountain West), who are off to a 7-2 start for the month of April, into a first-place tie with San Diego State with nine league games remaining.
The Bulldogs will return to Fresno for a two-week home slate starting Friday against Boise State.
Lacrosse wins late
Fresno State scored twice in the final two minutes, capping a second-half comeback in an 11-10 victory over Cal on Senior Day.
Anjelica Fuccillo tied the score with 1:51 to go on an unassisted shot and freshman Lindsay Hobson scored the game-winner with six seconds left on a free-position shot to vault the Bulldogs to their program-best fourth win of the season.
The win also was Fresno State’s second in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, the most in the six-year history of the program.
The team honored two seniors but only one was able to play Sunday. Holly Cisneros suffered a season-ending injury earlier this season and the Bulldogs (4-9, 2-5 MPSF) fought until the end for a victory to honor their injured teammate.
The other senior, Marcy Levatino, had a game-high four goals, including three in the second half that helped the Bulldogs erase a two-goal deficit.
“It was the perfect way to end my last day on the home field,” Levatino said. “Everyone did exactly what they needed to do. They had great intensity. We talked (Sunday) about inches and everybody put in that extra inch, that extra work to put everything together.”
The Bulldogs trailed early, as Cal (2-11, 1-5) jumped to a 6-4 halftime lead. Fresno State scored three straight goals after halftime to spark the second-half rally.
The team has two games left, April 24 at Colorado and April 26 at Denver.
Fresno State finished ninth at the El Macero Classic, carding a team score of 915, 51-over par. UC Davis repeated as champs, shooting 1 over (865).
After dropping the doubles point, the Fresno State men’s tennis team rallied against Boise State for a 4-3 win in Mountain West action.