Fresno State

Bulldogs win final softball series, wait to see if they’ll make postseason

Fresno State sophomore Vanessa Hernandez’s two-out grand slam in the seventh inning lifted the Bulldogs past Colorado State on Saturday.
Fresno State sophomore Vanessa Hernandez’s two-out grand slam in the seventh inning lifted the Bulldogs past Colorado State on Saturday. Fresno State Athletics

Fresno State beat Colorado State 5-2 Saturday in Fort Collins to finish the softball regular season with a 34-21 overall record.

Sophomore Vanessa Hernandez hit a two-out grand slam in the seventh inning to lift the Bulldogs.

It was Fresno State’s eighth win in their last nine games. And with their third straight Mountain West series win, the Bulldogs finished 14-9 in conference, tied with Utah State for third place. San Jose State won the title at 16-8, followed by San Diego State at 15-9. The half-game separation to third is because of a canceled Fresno State-Utah State game last month.

Hernandez’s homer was her seventh of the year and she leads Fresno State with 21 extra-base hits.

Two other sophomores provided bright lights for the future: Morgan Howe extended her hitting streak to 12 games, and Kamalani Dung (25-13) became the third Bulldogs pitcher to reach 25 wins since 2008, including Jill Compton in 2015 and ’16.

Fresno State waits to see if it will receive a postseason bid. The NCAA field will be set live Sunday in a show that begins at 4 p.m. on ESPN2. The National Invitational Softball Championships will be set after that.

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