The Fresno State baseball team got an unusual three-game series split and the Bulldogs softball team got a sweep in Mountain West Conference weekend action at home.
Sunday’s baseball game was tied 6-6 when it was called after nine innings because New Mexico had to make its flight home to Albuquerque. Fresno State won Friday’s opener 10-4 but lost 8-2 Saturday night.
On the softball diamond, sophomore Hailey Dolcini threw complete games on Friday night and Sunday, each with nine strikeouts, to power the Bulldogs’ sweep against New Mexico.
Fresno State (26-13, 12-7) stayed in first place by a game over San Jose State, which was swept at Nicholls State in Louisiana in a nonconference series to stretch the Spartans’ losing streak to 10 games.
Ryan Jensen went a career-high eight innings for the Friday night win, and six of the Bulldogs’ eight hits went for extra bases.
Leadoff batter Zach Ashford extended his hitting streak to 17 games Saturday but left the game with an injury after his eighth-inning single. H pinch-hit Sunday, walking with one out in the ninth before he was lifted for a pinch-runner. His replacement in the starting lineup, Jeff Jamison, went 3 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI.
With just a 4 1/2-game spread in the seven-team Mountain West standings, it’s still up in the air which four teams make the conference tournament Memorial Day weekend at Nevada. That’s where Fresno State is headed for a weekend series after a Tuesday night nonconference game at home against Cal Poly.
Dolcini, a transfer from UC Riverside, allowed a combined six hits and one unearned run in 12 innings as the Bulldogs won Friday 9-1 in five innings and Sunday 4-0. Dolcini is 10-1 with a 0.6 ERA in home games. She has 74 strikeouts in 71 2/3 innings pitched at home.
Fresno State won Saturday’s game 5-1. Freshman Danielle Lung went six innings and sophomore Danielle East retired the Lobos 1-2-3 in the seventh, getting help from a running catch of a foul ball at the fence by left fielder Kaitlyn Jennings.
Schuylar Broussard hit a two-run homer off the top of the center-field fence to power Sunday’s win. She has five homers in the last seven games.
McKenzie Wilson and Kelcey Carrasco had solid hitting series. Wilson, the freshman leadoff hitter, was 7 for 11 with two triples and six RBIs. She had one stolen base to give her 31 for the season. Carrasco, a junior transfer from Michigan State who went to Tulare Western High, went 5 for 9 with five RBIs.
The Bulldogs (33-15, 11-7) moved into solo third place in the Mountain West heading to their final road series next weekend at San Diego State.