Fresno State started defense of its Mountain West softball title in dominating fashion, blasting Boise State for a combined 31 runs on 32 hits – including five home runs – in sweeping a road series-opening doubleheader Tuesday afternoon.
Alyssa Villalpando stole the show, driving in seven in a 17-8 win in game 1 and two in a 14-4 victory in game 2. The senior third baseman busted opened the floodgates in the first with a grand slam and added a bases-loaded stand-up double in the third. She finished 4 for 8 for the No. 25 Bulldogs (20-9-1, 2-0).
Morgan Howe and Vanessa Hernandez homered to push the lead to 15-2 after four innings.
Boise State (8-25, 0-5) homered three times in game 1 but couldn’t match Fresno State’s blistering offense that rolled along into the second game.
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With the score 2-2 after four in game 2, Bria Kennedy led off the fifth with a home run and Willis added a two-run shot.
In the circle, senior Jill Compton (10-4) went all five innings in the opener. She gave up eight earned runs on nine hits while fanning five. Freshman Kamalani Dung (4-0) won game 2, giving up four runs on six hits in six innings. She struck out six.
The series concludes at 11 a.m. Wednesday.
▪ The Bulldogs slipped in the two major national softball polls, dropping from No. 23 to 25 in the USA Today/National Fastpitch Coaches Association rankings and out of the ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25 after checking in 25th last week. The Bulldogs were tops among others receiving votes in the latter.
Women’s golf – Junior Gudrun Bjorgvinsdottir was named Mountain West golfer of the week after a 13th-place finish at the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational in Hawaii. After an opening 76, she followed with consecutive par 72s to finish 4-over 220. It’s the second such honor in three weeks for Bjorgvinsdottir, who earned it after the Fresno State Classic on March 9.