Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Bulldogs score 31 runs on 32 hits and hit 5 HRs in doubleheader sweep



Fresno State became the first Mountain West team this season to assure itself a series win away from home, rolling to a 17-8 (five innings) win at Boise State in Tuesday's opening game, and following it up with a 14-4 win (six innings) in the nightcap.

Elsewhere, San Jose State took advantage of eight UNLV errors to claim a doubleheader sweep in San Jose in front of a crowd listed at 75 in the official boxscore.  San Diego State and Nevada split a pair in San Diego.

No. 25 Fresno State 17, Boise State 8 (5 innings) - The Bulldogs scored a season-high in runs and had 16 hits, including three home runs, to power past the Broncos.  Fresno State set the tone in the first inning as Bria Kennedy, Malia Rivers and Kierra Willis all singled to begin the game, and Alyssa Villalpando followed with a grand slam to make it 4-0 just moments into the contest.  Villalpando, on a day where she would finish with nine RBI, cleared the bases a second time in the game with a bases-loaded double in the third before coach Trisha Ford pulled nearly all of her starters.  Jill Compton picked up the win (her 10th of the year), while Nicole Wilson took the loss.  For Compton, it was her first complete-game outing since being hit by a line drive March 6 in a win over Cal. Freshmen Morgan Howe, in a pinch-hitting role, and Vanessa Hernandez both hit their first career home runs in the game.  Howe, Villalpando, Whitney Smith and Kierra Willis all had two hits, while Bria Kennedy was 3-for-3.  Three of Boise State's nine hits came from Morgan Lamb, who homered.

No. 25 Fresno State 14, Boise State 4 (6 innings) - Freshman pitcher Kamalani Dung earned the complete-game win in her first ever start in a Mountain West game, and the Bulldogs pounded out 16 hits for the second game in a row.  Villalpando had two more RBI to finish with nine on the afternoon, and five Bulldogs had multi-hit games.  Willis and Bria Kennedy each hit home runs and finished with two hits.  Willis had three RBI, while Kennedy had a pair of RBI and scored three runs.  Hernandez, after hitting a homer in the opener, had a key, 2-out, 2-run double to break the game open in the fifth and finished with two hits and three RBI.  Lindsey Willmon and Malia Rivers had a pair of hits each.  The Bulldogs' five homers on the day gave them 31 for the season, surpassing their 2015 team total for the year.  Rebekah Cervantes supplied nearly all of BSU's offense with two home runs and all four RBI.  Dung allowed just six hits in improving to 4-0 on the season.  Mackenzie McGill took the loss.

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