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Fresno State roundup: No. 20 softball team suffers first loss

The Bulldogs softball team is undefeated no more.

No. 12 Oklahoma scored twice in the bottom of the fifth inning and held on for a 3-2 victory over No. 20 Fresno State at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Cathedral City, handing the Bulldogs their first loss after starting the season 10-0.

Fresno State got a run in the first inning when Malia Rivers scored on a wild pitch, but the Sooners (9-4) answered in the bottom of the inning with a solo home run by Sydney Romero.

Bulldogs starter Jill Compton cruised after allowing the home run before Oklahoma took the lead in the fifth. Caleigh Clifton opened with a single and later scored on a single by Lea Wodach to break the 1-1 tie. The Sooners added another run on Kelsey Arnold’s alert baserunning when she scored from third when Wodach was caught in a rundown while attempting to steal second.

Fresno State pulled within a run in the seventh on Dominique Jackson’s solo home run.

Compton (5-1) pitched six innings, allowing nine hits and a walk with three strikeouts.

The Bulldogs on Saturday play Northwestern and No. 7 Oregon at 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m., respectively.

Track & field – Dezirae Johnson, Nailah Harris-Murillo, Meagan Paracholski and Annemarie Schwanz raced to the silver in the distance medley relay Thursday in the Mountain West Championships at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

The quartet clocked an 11:28.45, which converts to an altitude-adjusted time of 11:18.04. Boise State finished ahead of Fresno State at 11:16.41. Following the Broncos and Bulldogs were Wyoming (11:31.66), Air Force (11:36.60) and Colorado State (11:37.07), each eclipsing the previous conference meet record of 11:37.96 set by BYU in 2007.

The running order for Fresno State was Paracholski (1,200 meters), Harris-Murillo (400), Johnson (800) and Schwanz (1,600).

The MW Championships conclude Saturday.

Lacrosse – Fresno State went on a 7-0 run to earn a 14-10 victory over Presbyterian College on Friday at Old Bailey Stadium in Clinton, S.C.

The Bulldogs at 2-2 are off to their best start since the program began in 2008.

Fresno State trailed by six points at 8-2 with less than two minutes remaining in the first half before outscoring Presbyterian 12-2 the rest of the way. The Bulldogs were led by Kyleigh Westgarth with five goals.

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