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Bulldogs softball set to honor ’98 national champs during Mountain West opening series

Mike Candrea, coach of top-ranked Arizona, walks to his dugout as Fresno State softball players rush to the field to celebrate winning the 1998 College World Series in Oklahoma City. No. 3 Fresno State, coached by Margie Wright, defeated defending national champion Arizona 1-0 in the final. That Bulldogs team will be honored Saturday, March 24 at Margie Wright Diamond.
Mike Candrea, coach of top-ranked Arizona, walks to his dugout as Fresno State softball players rush to the field to celebrate winning the 1998 College World Series in Oklahoma City. No. 3 Fresno State, coached by Margie Wright, defeated defending national champion Arizona 1-0 in the final. That Bulldogs team will be honored Saturday, March 24 at Margie Wright Diamond. Associated Press file

The Fresno State softball team went 2-2 in a weekend warmup for Mountain West Conference play at home against Colorado State.

The Bulldogs play Friday at 6 p.m., Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at noon. Saturday features a pregame ceremony honoring the 20th anniversary of Fresno State’s College World Series championship. Gates open early at 1 p.m.

Fresno State (15-13) swept Cal Poly on Sunday after being swept by Illinois on Friday, all at Margie Wright Diamond.

Rachel Minogue totaled four hits and six RBIs as the Bulldogs beat Cal Poly 10-2 in five innings and 9-5. Savannah McHellon hit her fourth homer.

Fresno State waited out the rain Friday, finally getting the doubleheader started at 6 p.m. The Bulldogs led 7-0 after two innings of the first game but lost 10-9, then fell 8-5 in nine innings.

Baseball: Bulldogs avoid SJSU sweep

Fresno State won the second game of their Sunday doubleheader to avoid a Mountain West sweep by San Jose State.

The Bulldogs (12-8, 3-6) beat the Spartans (8-10, 2-6) 6-3 in the series finale at San Jose’s Municipal Stadiium, getting a three-run homer by freshman right fielder Miles Tomczak in the second inning to go ahead for good, four hits by second baseman Jeremiah Burks and 4 2/3 innings of shutout relief by freshmen Jaime Arias and Nikoh Mitchell.

San Jose State won the series opener, delayed to Saturday because of rain, 4-1 on a complete game by Josh Goldberg, then beat the Bulldogs 10-1 in the first game Sunday.

Rain continues to plague the baseball team: its scheduled Tuesday game at Pepperdine was postponed because of the forecast. No makeup date was set. Fresno State is scheduled to return to Mountain West play with a weekend home series against Nevada.

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