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Fresno State roundup: Softball’s up-and-down stretch continues

Since a 10-0 start, the Fresno State softball team has yet to win two straight.

Saturday saw the trend continue, as Kierra Willis homered against Ohio State and Princeton in a split on Day 2 of the San Diego Classic II.

The Bulldogs lost 9-6 to Ohio State to start the day. Kamalani Dung gave up four runs in the first and six in five innings.

The Bulldogs then nearly squandered a six-run lead against Princeton but held on for an 8-7 victory.

Willis went a combined 2 for 7 with three runs and three RBIs. She hit a solo home run against the Buckeyes and a two-run shot against the Tigers.

Lindsey Willmon hit a two-run homer against Princeton.

6.11 The combined ERA of Fresno State starting pitchers over the past eight starts, allowing 32 runs over 36 2/3 innings.

In their past eight games, Fresno State starters have a 6.11 ERA over 36  2/3 innings. Senior Jill Compton, the 2015 Mountain West Pitcher of the Year, in that stretch has drawn just two starts and lasted a combined 4 1/3 innings.

Compton (8-3) pitched in relief against Ohio State and gave up three runs (two earned) on three hits and a walk without getting an out. She still has a 1.98 ERA on the season.

Fresno State will face San Diego at 11:30 a.m. Sunday.

Swimming – Fresno State freshman Ugne Mazutaityte was 36th in the preliminary round of the 200-yard backstroke and placed 50th in the 100 at the NCAA Championships at McAuley Aquatic Center in Atlanta.

Ugne Mazutaityte was the first Fresno State freshman to reach the NCAA Championships in program history and the first Bulldog since Dani Yoho in 2013. The Lithuanian native, however, wasn’t able to advance out of the preliminaries, finishing 36th place in the 200-yard backstroke and 50th in the 100 back.

Mazutaityte was the first Fresno State freshman to swim in the NCAA Championships and the first Bulldog at any class level since Dani Yoho in 2013.

But the Lithuanian native struggled on the big stage, timing out at 1:55.69 in the 200 on Saturday and 54.48 seconds in the 100 on Friday.

Neither time matched what she swam earlier to qualify for the NCAA meet – 1:54.47 in the 200 back and 54.04 seconds in the 100.

Though her freshman season is completed, Mazutaityte still has an outside shot at making the Olympics in the 200-meter backstroke and will compete in the European Championships in May.

Earlier this season, Mazutaityte finished a 200-meter event in 2:13.19. She needs a 2:10.60 to reach the Olympic A-cut qualifying standard and make the Lithuanian national team.

Equestrian – Fresno State beat South Dakota State 11-4 at the Student Horse Center to conclude its regular season, sweeping MVP accolades in all four events – including the best ride in Horsemanship by Sydney Elliott.

The No. 9 Bulldogs (4-7, 4-2 United Equestrian Conference) head to Nationals on April 14-16 in Waco, Texas.