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Fresno State roundup: Softball team draws twice in unusual Sunday

Fresno State senior Alyssa Villalpando homered twice to help the Bulldogs comeback and tie Oregon State 6-6 at the Judi Garman Classic on Sunday
Fresno State senior Alyssa Villalpando homered twice to help the Bulldogs comeback and tie Oregon State 6-6 at the Judi Garman Classic on Sunday Fresno State Athletics

The Fresno State softball team rallied Sunday to even the scores against Oregon State and Cal on the final day of the Judi Garman Classic.

But time got the best of the Bulldogs (13-5-1), as both comeback efforts ended in draws in a rather unusual Sunday afternoon in Cathedral City.

The Bulldogs, ranked 21st in the ESPN.com rankings, were in another top-25 battle against Oregon State, one day after falling 4-3 to No. 24 Baylor.

Down 6-2 to the No. 22 Beavers, Alyssa Villalpando got the Bulldogs back into it with her second two-run homer of the game that sailed over the left-field wall. Bria Kennedy cut the deficit to one with a solo home run in the fifth and Villalpando tied it on a single to right, scoring Christina Rodriguez for her fifth RBI of the game.

The game ended 6-6 after seven innings due to time limits.

In its next game, Fresno State came back from a 2-0 deficit in the fifth, scoring on Malia Rivers’ line drive down the left-field line and a bases-loaded walk. Tied 2-2 after six innings, the game was called as Cal had time constraints due to travel.

The Bulldogs return to Margie Wright Diamond for the Fresno State Classic, Friday through Sunday. The Bulldogs will play Weber State and Washington on both Friday and Saturday before ending the tournament against Cal State Bakersfield on Sunday.

Et cetera – The Fresno State women’s golf team will host 14 schools beginning Monday in the two-day Fresno State Classic at San Joaquin Country Club. Hannah Sodersten, with a 72.4 scoring average through seven tournaments, tops the Bulldogs’ lineup for the 54-hole event.

▪ Fresno State junior Shelbie Holden is headed to the NCAA Zone E Diving Championships at Northern Arizona in Flagstaff, with competition running Monday through Wednesday. Holden, who finished third in the consolation 3-meter finals at last month’s Mountain West Championships, a year ago at zones finished 44th on the 1-meter springboard, 36th on the 3-meter springboard and 24th on the platform.

▪ Fresno State’s women’s lacrosse team hosts Furman in a nonconference game at 5 p.m. Monday. The Bulldogs (2-3) are seeking their second consecutive win against a nonconference opponent. Furman (3-2) beat Fresno State 16-4 a year ago in Greenville, S.C.

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