Fresno State

Freshman record-setter, sophomore pitcher lead Fresno State to season-ending sweep

Fresno State freshman outfielder McKenzie Wilson, seen in an undated photo, set the school single-season stolen base record on Friday night, May 10, 2019 against Boise State.
Fresno State freshman outfielder McKenzie Wilson, seen in an undated photo, set the school single-season stolen base record on Friday night, May 10, 2019 against Boise State. Fresno State Athletics

Fresno State wrapped up the softball regular season with a sweep against Boise State on a record-setting weekend at Margie Wright Diamond.

McKenzie Wilson, the Bulldogs’ freshman leadoff hitter and outfielder from Long Beach, set the Fresno State single-season stolen base record with a first-inning swipe Friday. She has 35, breaking the record of 34 set by Brenna Moss in 2013 and 2014.

Sophomore pitcher Hailey Dolcini threw a three-hitter in Thursday’s 5-0 win and was the winning pitcher Saturday as the Bulldogs outlasted the Broncos 5-4. Fresno State won 10-2 Friday in a game that ended in the fifth inning on the mercy rule.

The Bulldogs (36-18, 14-10) finished fourth in the Mountain West Conference and figure to be a long shot for the 64-team NCAA Tournament field that will be announced Sunday night. Another option is the National Invitational Softball Championship.

Fresno State roughed up Gianna Mancha (12-7), the Broncos’ sophomore from Central High. Mancha was tagged for all five runs in a Thursday third-inning rally and was the losing pitcher in relief Saturday when she allowed Kaitlyn Jennings’ two-run, two-out homer in the sixth.

Dolcini (17-6), the transfer from UC Riverside, dominated against the eighth-highest scoring team in the country, securing her seventh shutout by retiring the last 11 straight Thursday. She allowed just four runs and seven hits in 13 innings total.

Wilson was 3 for 9 with five runs scored and two RBIs on the weekend. She has a 14-game hitting streak and has reached base in 22 straight games.

In Friday’s game, Hayleigh Galvan hit two home runs and freshman shortstop Vanessa Hernandez from Sanger High hit a bases-loaded triple. Danielle Lung (15-5), the freshman from Clovis, went 3 2/3 innings for the win.

Rebekah Cervantes, Boise State’s senior shortstop from Redwood High who was last year’s Mountain West Player of the Year, was 2 for 8 with a run and an RBI on the weekend as the Broncos (34-14, 12-12) tied for fifth in the Mountain West. After, Cervantes was gracious posing for photos with many youngsters who came to support her.

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