Saturday, March 5, 2011

BYU, San Diego State both fall to Fresno State

A pair of Mountain West Conference teams -- Brigham Young and San Diego State -- both took it on the chin Friday in games against the 23rd-ranked Fresno State Bulldogs.

At the Campbell-Cartier Classic in San Diego, Fresno State used a 6-run fourth inning to break things open in a 7-3 win over BYU, and then got some fine pitching to knock off San Diego State 2-1 on the Aztecs' home field.

BYU also lost to UCLA 5-2 on Friday, while San Diego State played its only game of the day against the Bulldogs. The Cougars and Aztecs have played brutal non-conference schedules thus far. BYU has faced 10 different Top 25 teams already, while San Diego State has faced eight.

Fresno State improved to 8-1 with the sweep of BYU and San Diego State. The Bulldogs' last six wins in a row have come over teams that reached the 2010 NCAA Tournament.

Bulldogs shortstop Haley Gilleland went 5-for-6 with a double, two RBI, two runs and two stolen bases, and reached base seven times in eight at-bats versus Mountain West pitching Friday. Pitchers Michelle Moses (3-1) and Mackenzie Oakes (5-0) picked up the wins against BYU and San Diego State, respectively. Tori Almond (1-2) took the loss for the Cougars, while Aztecs pitcher Lorena Klopp (1-1) suffered the loss for her team. San Diego State had won its first two games in the Classic Thursday, including a win over No. 23/25 Houston.

In a bit of irony, both the Cougars and Aztecs will be conference opponents of Fresno State in the near future. Next year, BYU will compete as a member of the WAC, in which the Bulldogs compete. Fresno State, beginning July 1, 2012, will become a full member of the MWC and will play its first full softball season as a Mountain West member in the 2013 season.