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Fresno State softball: Bulldogs go eight, but stay unbeaten

Fresno State senior Paige Gumz was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, only to see it waved off by umpires. She responded with a tying single, setting up the Bulldogs’ eventual 3-2 victory over Kansas on Saturday at Margie Wright Diamond. The Bulldogs are off to an 8-0 start.
Fresno State senior Paige Gumz was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, only to see it waved off by umpires. She responded with a tying single, setting up the Bulldogs’ eventual 3-2 victory over Kansas on Saturday at Margie Wright Diamond. The Bulldogs are off to an 8-0 start. FRESNO STATE ATHLETICS

Nationally ranked Fresno State remained unbeaten Saturday night, escaping an extra-inning scare with a 3-2 walk-off win against Kansas to wrap up Day 2 of the Fresno State Kick-Off tournament at Margie Wright Diamond.

The Bulldogs, ranked No. 22 by ESPN.com/USA Softball and No. 24 in the USA TODAY/National Fastpitch Coaches Association poll, have won eight in a row to start the season.

Trailing 2-1 with the bases loaded and no outs in the eighth, Fresno State thought it caught a break when Paige Gumz took a pitch to her left thigh.

But before the Bulldogs could celebrate the game’s tying run, the umpires called it off by ruling Gumz had leaned into the ball’s path.

Gumz delivered on the next pitch she saw, dropping a bloop single to shallow center that scored Chase LeeHong from third.

One out later with the bases still loaded, the Bulldogs did get a gift from Jayhawks pitcher Andie Formby, as she walked Morgan Howe to bring home Brooke Coates.

Jill Compton (5-0) gave up eight hits and two runs (one earned) in eight innings. She had four strikeouts and four walks.

Malia Rivers opened the scoring in the bottom of the third with an RBI single up the middle. The Jayhawks (4-5) tied it in the sixth on Erin McGinley’s sacrifice fly and went ahead on McGinley’s single in the eighth.

The tournament concludes Sunday with three games: 9 a.m. Kansas vs. UC Riverside, 11:30 a.m. Fresno State vs. UC Riverside and 2 p.m. Fresno State vs. Sacramento State.

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