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Fresno State roundup: Blowout of Boise caps softball sweep

Lindsey Willmon, a California native who attended high school in Idaho, transferred to Fresno State from Hawaii ahead of the 2016 season.
Lindsey Willmon, a California native who attended high school in Idaho, transferred to Fresno State from Hawaii ahead of the 2016 season. FRESNO STATE ATHLETICS

Fresno State continued its dominance of Boise State on Wednesday, run-ruling the Broncos for the third game in a row to complete a sweep of the Mountain West road softball series.

The Bulldogs (21-9-1, 3-0), No. 25 in this week’s USA Today/National Fastpitch Coaches Association poll, won the finale 18-2. For the series, they outscored Boise State 49-14 while collecting 45 hits including eight home runs. The Bulldogs won Tuesday’s doubleheader 17-8 and 14-4.

Lindsey Willmon drove in nine runs, smashing a two-out grand slam in the first inning to get the offense rolling. It was Fresno State’s second grand slam of the series, with Alyssa Villalpando hitting one in Tuesday’s opener.

Willmon, a junior first baseman who transferred from Hawaii, added an RBI double and solo homer – her team-leading eighth of the season – to finish 3 for 4.

Bria Kennedy hit a two-run homer to start a seven-run fifth inning for the Bulldogs, who also drew a season-high 10 walks – five off Broncos starter Jenna Bassler (1-9).

Senior pitcher Jill Compton improved to 11-4, holding the Broncos (8-26, 0-6) to two runs on eight hits in five innings.

The Bulldogs, winners of five of six including four by run-rule, return to Margie Wright Diamond for a three-game series against San Diego State starting Friday.

Men’s basketball – Fresno State senior point guard Cezar Guerrero is headed to the NCAA Final Four, chosen as one of 14 players who will compete in the inaugural Latin American Select Team Game on Saturday at Houston’s Buick Arena.

The game will take place during the Final Four festivities and is a collaborative venture between the International Basketball Federation, NCAA and USA Basketball.

Guerrero, of Mexican descent, started all 35 games for the Bulldogs this season as they won the Mountain West tournament and qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2001.

▪ Senior guard and Mountain West Player of the Year Marvelle Harris earned honorable mention on The Associated Press All-America team. Harris averaged 20.7 points per game to lead the Bulldogs.

Lacrosse – Fresno State hosts No. 7 USC (9-0, 3-0) Thursday at 5 p.m. in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match. The Bulldogs (3-7, 0-4) trail 3-0 in the all-time series.

Tennis – The Bulldogs women’s team, which slipped one spot to No. 39 in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings, faces Utah on Thursday at noon in Salt Lake City and BYU on Friday at 10 a.m. in Provo. Utah is ranked No. 74. Junior transfer Galina Bykova leads the Bulldogs in wins in dual play this spring at 11-4. … Fresno State’s men’s team hosts UNLV on Thursday at 2 p.m..

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MOUNTAIN WEST SOFTBALL: FRESNO STATE VS. SAN DIEGO STATE

  • Series: Friday, 6 p.m. Saturday, 6 p.m., Sunday, noon
  • Records: Bulldogs 21-9-1, 3-0 Mountain West; Aztecs 21-13, 3-3
  • Webcast/radio: Mountain West Network/KFPT (AM 790)
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