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Fresno State roundup: Softball team serves up long balls in loss

Fresno State’s pitching proved quite hittable again at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic.

Loyola Marymount cranked out 12 hits, including three home runs in the sixth inning, to defeat Fresno State 8-3 during the final day of the three-day tournament Sunday in Cathedral City.

Bulldogs starting pitcher Hannah Harris served up two home runs in surrendering eight hits for five runs (four earned) in 5 2/3 innings.

Relief pitcher Taylor Langdon gave up two homers in allowing three runs and three hits in one inning.

Fresno State ended the tournament with a 3-1 win over Cal State Northridge as Bria Kennedy hit two homers and Dominique Jackson one.

The Bulldogs entered the Classic with a 10-0 record largely because of strong pitching. But Fresno State allowed at least eight hits in each of the first four games in Cathedral City.

Against Loyola Marymount, the Bulldogs’ Kierra Willistied the score 3-3 in the bottom of the fifth with a two-run home run.

But Fresno State gave up four runs in the next inning as Harris served up a home run before Langdon entered and yielded back-to-back homers.

Women’s tennis – No. 26 Fresno State completed a weekend sweep with a 6-1 victory over Saint Mary’s at the Wathen Tennis Center.

The win snapped a five-match losing streak to the Gaels that dated to 2010.

Fresno State secured the doubles point even with No. 25 Mayar Sherif Ahmed and Rana Sherif Ahmed unable to finish their match at No. 1.

Instead, Sofya Malysheva and Olivia Noble won the No. 3 doubles, and Anneka Watts and Sophie Watts secured the doubles point with a win at No. 2.

The Ahmed sisters led 5-2 when their match was halted.

Mayar Sherif Ahmed, ranked No. 30, won the top singles match 6-3, 6-2.

Lacrosse – The Bulldogs made it a two-goal game before dropping a 13-11 nonconference decision to Campbell at Barker-Lane Stadium in Buies Creek, N.C.

Fresno State (2-3) led 3-0 early, but the Fighting Camels (1-2) took the lead at 4-3 and extended it to 13-8 with 11:14 remaining in the game. The Bulldogs rallied with two goals by Nicole Ortlieb and another by Kyleigh Westgarth but were held scoreless over the final 2:59.

Sarah Bloise led Fresno State with five goals, and Ortlieb had four.

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