Fresno State ace Jill Compton delivered another quality start and the Bulldogs downed Nevada 5-3 on Saturday to clinch the teams’ Mountain West series with one game to go.
Compton (24-10) struck out seven, pitching scoreless ball through four innings before the Wolf Pack (14-32, 4-13 MW) tagged her for three in the fifth.
By then, the Bulldogs (35-14, 16-4) had built a five-run lead behind RBI singles by Paige Gumz and Whitney Smith in the second inning and a pair of bases-loaded walks in the third.
Junior right-hander Hannah Harris took over in the sixth and helped guide the Bulldogs to their sixth win in a row. She retired all six batters she faced to earn her first save of the season.
Fresno State remains atop the conference standings with a 11/2-game lead on San Jose State (33-15, 13-4), a 10-0 winner over UNLV.
Women’s tennis: ’Dogs fall in MW semifinal
Top-seeded Fresno State fell short in its defense of the Mountain West tournament crown, losing to fifth-seeded Wyoming in the semifinals via a final-match tiebreaker Saturday in Albuquerque.
The Bulldogs and Cowgirls were tied 3-3 when Wyoming’s Silviya Zhelyazkova took a third-set tiebreaker 7-3 over Anne Susdorf at No. 6 singles to clinch a trip to today’s final with a 4-3 win.
The battle lasted 4 hours, 8 minutes as all six singles matches went three sets — the first time that happened in the history of the conference tournament in the men’s or women’s brackets.
Wyoming took the doubles points before winning five of the first six sets decided in singles to force the Bulldogs to rally. Fresno State, ranked No. 49 nationally, clawed back with wins on courts No. 1, 2 and 3 behind Sophie Watts and sisters Maiar and Rana Sherif Ahmed.
Wyoming will play in its first tournament championship against second-seeded and No. 61 New Mexico, a 4-3 winner over third-seeded and No. 62 San Jose State.
Men’s golfers finish 4th at Cougar Classic
Keenan Nelson birdied four holes and Neil Bautista added five as Fresno State finished fourth out of 11 teams after the final round of the Ping Cougar Classic in Provo, Utah.
The Bulldogs posted a combined 2-over 866, climbing up one spot after Friday’s opening two rounds. Four players — Nelson, Bautista, Justin Avery and Michael Pugh — finished in the individual top 25.
Mountain West rival Colorado State won the tournament championship at 11-under 853. Pacific was second at 861, with Brigham Young at 290.
Utah State’s Seokwon Jong and Jordan Rodgers of BYU tied at 5 under through regulation of the individual competition, with Rodgers getting a birdie on the second playoff hole to win the last tournament of his career.
Nelson finished at 4 over and tied for 14th for the Bulldogs’ best finish.
Bulldogs take seven events at home invite
As Fresno State’s track and field teams honored 15 seniors Saturday at the Bulldog Invitational, the men’s and women’s squads also combined to win seven events at their final home meet of the season.
Senior Carina Mendoza made her farewell even sweeter, winning the 1,500 in 4 minutes, 39.93 seconds at Veterans Memorial Stadium in what was her first time running the race this season.
Annemarie Schwanz won the 800 in 2:08.64, second best in school history. Kyra Johnson won the 400 hurdles in 59.86. Fresno Pacific’s Sharessa Archie won the triple jump (40 feet, 31/4 inches).
Keane Bland won the men’s 110-meter hurdles in 14.46 and Kamara Biawogi the 400 hurdles in 52.51.
Fresno State swept in discus. Kayla Hopkins won the women’s event at 154 feet, 4 inches. Brice Sandri took the men’s at 176-1.