The Fresno State baseball and softball teams are both home this weekend for series that will likely be critical to their postseason chances.
The Bulldogs finished 10 straight on the road Tuesday night by thumping Cal Poly 16-6 in a nonconference game.
Now Fresno State (16-11, 4-5 Mountain West) plays Air Force in a unique five-game series at Pete Beiden Field at Bob Bennett Stadium. The teams’ scheduled series last month in Colorado was called off because of weather.
The Bulldogs and Falcons will play doubleheaders Friday and Saturday beginning at 3:05 p.m. each day. The first game each day will be seven innings, followed by a regulation nine-inning game.
Sunday’s series finale is scheduled to start at 12:05 p.m. And, of course, it’s Salute to Service weekend.
Fresno State still has 15 Mountain West games after this weekend. But the Bulldogs don’t want to play catch-up trying to make the four-team conference tournament Memorial Day weekend in Reno. San Jose State (11-4) leads the standings but you can throw a blanket over the rest: San Diego State (7-6), Air Force (5-5), UNLV (7-8), Fresno State, Nevada (6-9) and New Mexico (6-9).
The Bulldogs are 25-13 after splitting a nonconference doubleheader with Sacramento State on Wednesday at Margie Wright Diamond, losing 3-0 (three unearned runs spoiled Danielle Lung’s complete game) and winning 4-0 on Hailey Dolcini’s one-hitter.
Nevada is the weekend opponent for games at 6 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday (it’s Bark in the Park Day) and noon Sunday.
The Wolf Pack are 6-3 in the Mountain West, tied for second with San Jose State trailing leader Colorado State (11-1). Fresno State (6-3) is tied with preseason conference favorite Boise State for seventh.
But go on a run over the final 16 games (five Mountain West series plus a single game against Stanford) and who knows where the Bulldogs might end up? The conference doesn’t have a postseason tournament but did have five of its nine teams in the NCAA RPI top 55 at the start of the week: Boise State (29th), Colorado State (32nd), UNLV (37), San Jose State (48th) and Fresno State (55th before its doubleheader split). The Mountain West champion gets the automatic berth but the conference is hoping for multiple bids to the 64-team NCAA postseason field.