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Fresno State: Baseball stays cold at Air Force; softball wins, in line for series sweep

The Fresno State baseball’s team road woes worsened Saturday.

First in dramatic fashion, then in a complete dismantling as Fresno State suffered a 2-1, 10-1 doubleheader sweep on a chilly afternoon at Air Force.

The Bulldogs (18-21 overall, 9-8 Mountain West) fell to 2-16 in road games and three games below .500 for the first time this season.

Fresno State starting pitcher Jake Shull served up a game-winning home run to Air Force cleanup hitter Tyler Jones in the bottom of the ninth during the first game.

The Falcons (18-19, 10-10) then smacked around Bulldogs starting pitcher Jimmy Lambert for nine runs on 11 hits and four walks in the second game.

Saturday’s doubleheader in Colorado Springs, Colo., took place amid temperatures in the lows 40s.

The series opener Friday had been postponed because of snow. And plenty of snow still covered the grounds outside of the baseball diamond Saturday.

Shull was used as the series-opening starter for the second straight week after beginning the year as Fresno State’s closer. He gave up a double against his first batter then issued a walk before Air Force scored a run in the first.

Shull then threw seven straight scoreless innings and allowed only two runners to advance past first base. The Bulldogs tied the score in the fifth after Joe Prior doubled then scored on a passed ball.

But Jones got the best of Shull in the ninth, launching his sixth homer.

Lambert also gave up a run in the first. Except he struggled to regain control, and allowed three runs in the third and another five runs in the seventh.

Fresno State will try to avoid a series sweep at noon Sunday.

Softball: Solomon goes deep and ’Dogs holf off Boise State

Senior Michelle Solomon hit a two-run homer in the fifth to score the go-ahead run as Fresno State edged Boise State 4-2 in a MW game at Margie Wright Diamond.

Solomon finished 3 for 3 with two runs and three RBIs and belted her fifth homer of the season.

Jill Compton relieved Hannah Harris for the final 2 1/3 innings to register the win, holding the Broncos to one hit and no runs.

Boise State did threaten in the seventh for the second straight day after placing the tying run in scoring position with a double, partly due to miscommunication in the outfield. But the Bulldogs stranded the Broncos’ tying run at second.

Alyssa Villalpando batted 2 for 3 and Malia Rivers went 1 for 2 with two runs for the Bulldogs.

Fresno State (32-14, 13-4) and Boise State (10-34, 2-12), the first- and last-place teams in the conference, will conclude the series at noon Sunday.

Women’s tennis: ’Dogs go unbeaten in MW for second year

Fresno State finished undefeated in MW play for the second straight season.

The 43rd-ranked Bulldogs completed their dominance with a 4-1 victory at UNLV.

Fresno State (17-4, 6-0) claimed the doubles point as the sister tandems of Maiar and Rana Sherif Ahmed, and Anneka and Sophie Watts earned their 21st and 13th wins of the season together.

Maiar Sherif Ahmed also won the top singles match in straight sets, as did No. 82 Sophie Watts in the No. 2 singles.

Fresno State will try to defend its conference tournament title, with the event running Wednesday through Sunday in Albuquerque, N.M.

“To be undefeated in conference in back-to-back years is a tremendous accomplishment and took a great amount of effort,” Bulldogs coach Ryan Stotland said in a news release. “We want to bring this momentum with us to the conference championships next week.”

Men’s tennis

In his final home match, Fresno State’s Sai Kartik Nakireddi produced the match-clinching point in a 4-1 MW victory against Nevada at Wathen Center.

Nakireddi, the Bulldogs’ only senior, finished 2-0 on the day, winning the top singles match 6-3, 2-6, 7-6(6) and the No. 3 doubles with Nikolas Papic 6-2.

Fresno State (16-9, 4-3) will enter as the No. 4 seed in the Mountain West tournament, opening against No. 5 Boise State (12-15, 4-3) at 2 p.m. Thursday.

In their lone meeting, the Bulldogs defeated the Broncos 4-3 on April 12.

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