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.
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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.