Fresno State

Fresno State has a delightful Easter weekend with baseball, softball sweeps

Fresno State’s Emilio Nogales, left, and EJ Andrews Jr., center, between innings against San Francisco Tuesday, March 12, 2019 in Fresno.
Fresno State’s Emilio Nogales, left, and EJ Andrews Jr., center, between innings against San Francisco Tuesday, March 12, 2019 in Fresno. ezamora@fresnobee.com

That was a happy Easter weekend for the Fresno State baseball and softball teams.

The Bulldogs baseball team won all three games in a first-place showdown at San Jose State, completing the sweep Saturday afternoon with a dominant 6-1 victory behind the third solid pitching performance of the weekend. Fresno State went from two games behind the Spartans in the Mountain West Conference to a game ahead of both San Jose State and San Diego State.

The Bulldogs softball team completed a three-game sweep at Utah State on Saturday afternoon with a 7-5 victory in nine innings. Junior third baseman Schuylar Broussard hit two two-run homers and made a highlight-reel diving catch on a foul pop for the final out, capping a career weekend.

Fresno State got its 30th win of the season and climbed above .500 in conference play for the first time this year.

Baseball

Bulldogs starter Nikoh Mitchell allowed three hits and struck out seven in 6 1/3 innings Saturday. Ryan Sullivan, the third Fresno State pitcher, inherited a two-on, no-out situation in the eighth and got a popup and two groundouts. He finished the game for his first save.

Emilio Nogales hit a two-run single in the first, Zach Presno hit a two-run single in the sixth and Nolan Dempsey hit an RBI double in the seventh – each with two outs. Carter Bins homered leading off the ninth. Shortstop JT Arruda finished it off with a diving catch.

Jaime Arias got a save in each of the first two games as the bullpen backed solid starting pitching by Ryan Jensen on Thursday night and Davis Moore on Friday night.

Fresno State won 8-6 Thursday as McCarthy Tatum broke a tie with a two-run homer in the seventh. Jensen (6-1) won his third straight, striking out eight in seven innings.

The Bulldogs scored five in the first Friday and Moore (6-0) went five innings in a 7-5 win.

The Bulldogs (24-12, 11-7) are home this week for a nonconference game Tuesday against Pacific then a conference series against New Mexico on Friday-Sunday at Pete Beiden Field at Bob Bennett Stadium.

Softball

Hayleigh Galvan led off the ninth inning with a homer and Jade Nua added an RBI single to give Fresno State its final lead Saturday. All three Bulldogs pitchers saw action with starter Danielle Lung returning for the final three innings.

Broussard homered in each of the first two games (she came in with seven career homers) as Fresno State (30-14, 8-7) beat the Aggies 11-6 on Thursday and 5-2 on Friday. Danielle East got the pitching save in each of the first two games.

Leadoff batter McKenzie Wilson, named to the NFCA Freshman of the Year Top 25 list Thursday, had four stolen bases in the series and with 30 total is four shy of the school single-season record.

The Bulldogs have their 38th straight 30-win season. They have risen to a third-place tie in the Mountain West but will be hard-pressed to catch leader Colorado State (15-3), which swept Fresno State to start conference. The Bulldogs host Stanford (30-10 but coming off three losses at Arizona) on Tuesday then play conference foe New Mexico on Friday-Sunday at Margie Wright Diamond.

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