The Fresno State softball team, coming off an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2017 but missing many key components from that squad, lost 8-0 to third-ranked Oregon on Friday in the Bulldogs’ season-opener.
Fresno State is playing in the Kajikawa Classic at Arizona State, returning to the field Saturday for games at 8 a.m. against Stanford and 4 p.m. against Arizona. The Bulldogs finish the tournament with a Sunday morning doubleheader against Purdue and Notre Dame, then come home for the Bulldog Classic beginning Feb. 16.
Fresno State lost 4-1 to Oregon last season at the tournament.
This time around, the Bulldogs were one-hit (a single in the first by senior Savannah McHellon) and freshmen pitchers Danielle East and Samantha Mejia were each touched for four runs.
Fresno State is without last year’s Mountain West Conference Pitcher of the Year, Kamalani Dung, who transferred to Cal for her junior season. Three others checked out for Arizona State: twins Maddi and Kindra Hackbarth, now sophomores, and Morgan Howe, now a junior. All three are starters for the Sun Devils and Maddi Hackbarth has two homers.
Howe and Dung were regulars for the Bulldogs last year along with three seniors who graduated – Malia Rivers, Kierra Willis and Lindsey Willmon.