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Bulldogs’ baseball sweep of Michigan State highlights successful home weekend

Fresno State leadoff batter Zach Ashford was 7 for 16 in a season-opening, four-game sweep of Michigan State at Beiden Field.
Fresno State leadoff batter Zach Ashford was 7 for 16 in a season-opening, four-game sweep of Michigan State at Beiden Field. FRESNO STATE ATHLETICS

Fresno State teams had a good President’s Day weekend on campus.

Baseball swept Michigan State to start its season.

Softball went 4-1 in its own tournament, running its record to 7-3 after two weekends.

Women’s lacrosse opened its home season with a 15-11 win Friday over Mercer. The Bulldogs lost Monday 22-12 to Vanderbilt.

Even a loss had a silver lining: Wrestling lost 41-0 to fourth-ranked Oklahoma State, but with a crowd of 4,328 Sunday afternoon at the Save Mart Center the Bulldogs finished with an average of 4,566 for six home duals in its first season back in the sport.

Wrestling’s next competition is the Big 12 Championships March 3-4 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Baseball

Baseball’s sweep came against a Power Five conference opponent and was redemption after Michigan State swept the Bulldogs last season. Fresno State won three one-run games in the series and got 24 innings out of its starting pitchers, who combined to allow just 15 hits and three earned runs.

Sunday, the Bulldogs produced a two-out rally to score the go-ahead run in the seventh for a 5-4 win. Korby Batesole singled and Carter Bins doubled. Freshman Jamison Hill, Friday’s winning pitcher, worked the ninth for his first save.

Fresno State won 5-4 Friday, then swept a Saturday doubleheader by scores of 9-4 and 2-1. Junior right-hander Edgar Gonzalez gave up five hits (all singles) and an earned run while striking out seven in seven innings for the win and was named Mountain West Pitcher of the Week.

Leadoff batter Zach Ashford was 7 for 16 in the series.

The Bulldogs are back in action Wednesday with a road game at UC Santa Barbara, then come back home next weekend for a Friday-Saturday-Sunday four-game series against Houston Baptist.

Softball

Fresno State pitchers combined for a 1.48 ERA in the Bulldog Classic. Saint Mary’s scored two unearned runs in the seventh inning Sunday but Danielle East left runners at second and third to get a save in a 3-2 win.

Fresno State also beat Saint Mary’s 7-1, Pacific 10-5 and Cal State Bakersfield 8-0, but lost to UC Davis 2-0.

The Bulldogs’ Miranda Rohleder had four triples, six total hits and led the team with seven runs scored. She also stole four bases, leading an 8-for-9 weekend by Fresno State.

The Bulldogs are back in action Friday in the Mary Nutter Classic in Palm Springs with a game against Wisconsin. LSU, BYU, UCLA and Cal State Northridge complete Fresno State’s weekend opponent list.

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