• Fresno State's softball team wrapped up the regular season and awaits Sunday's selection show to find out where it's headed for the NCAA Tournament.
• The Bulldogs baseball team looks to close out a sweep of UNLV on Sunday.
• Madchen Ly fell short of an NCAA Championships-qualifying score at a women's golf regional in South Bend, Ind.
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Fresno State will head back to the NCAA softball tournament as one of the nation’s hottest teams, closing the regular season Saturday with its 11th straight victory and finishing a Mountain West sweep of UNLV in a 12-4 win in Las Vegas.
The Bulldogs, a day after clinching the conference title and automatic NCAA bid, await Sunday’s 7 p.m. selection show for their seeding and regional destination.
A six-run fifth, highlighted by junior Alyssa Villalpando’s go-ahead two-run base hit, erased a 4-3 deficit for Fresno State (40-14, 20-4).
Jill Compton (28-10) was hurt by a pair of home runs while allowing four runs in four innings but the Bulldogs still improved to 15-0 in the junior ace’s past 15 starts.
Kierra Willis hit her conference-leading ninth triple to drive in two in the seventh and reached in all five plate appearances.
Baseball: Freshman arm again lifts ’Dogs
It was less than a month ago that left-hander Ricky Thomas had the numbers of a typical freshman, a 4.67 ERA in nine games. He had allowed 14 hits and 12 walks in 171/3 innings — in short, still very much a work in progress.
Flash forward to the stretch run, when Thomas has transformed into one of Fresno State’s most consistent starters. The rookie dazzled anew Saturday at UNLV, pitching two-run ball over 62/3 innings as the Bulldogs beat the Rebels 8-3 to set up a possible sweep Sunday.
Thomas scattered six hits and three walks, but after allowing four runners in the first two innings was virtually untouchable until tiring a bit in the seventh.
The ERA is down to 3.05 and more importantly in his first two weekend starts Thomas has a pair of road victories for a team looking to improve its seeding for the May 20-24 Mountain West tournament.
Taylor Tempel went 4 for 5 with three runs scored atop a lineup that saw six players drive in runs as the Bulldogs improved to 26-25 overall and 15-11 in the Mountain West. Fresno State is tied for third with New Mexico but also just a game down in the loss column to second-place San Diego State.
Ly wraps up regional
Madchen Ly’s best round of the weekend wasn’t enough to advance out of the NCAA women’s golf regional in South Bend, Ind.
Ly shot a 72, but finished 26th at 7-over 223 — four shots back of the final individual qualifier for the NCAA Championships. Duke won the regional team title by three over Wake Forest.