Tuesday, March 8, 2016

NCAA rules against Cal and awards forfeit victory to Fresno State


Looks like we were correct.  And sometimes, fairness is actually restored.

Fresno State won a victory against then-27th ranked Cal after all.  As we reported Sunday, the Bulldogs' game with the Golden Bears at the Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton was as strange as they come.

In the top of the seventh inning of a game tied 2-2, the Flo Softball broadcast of the game between Fresno State and Cal took a stunning turn.  Umpires were seen walking over to Bulldog head coach Trisha Ford and announcing the game was over due to Cal travel concerns.  The major problem with that:  It was never discussed before the start of the game.  Per NCAA softball rules and rules of the Garman Classic itself, a drop-dead time for any travel issues must be established prior to the beginning of a game so both teams know what is taking place.

With the game tied and headed to the seventh, Fresno State was on the field ready, willing and able to play.  But the game was called anyway.

Tuesday, the NCAA ruled against Cal, and awarded the Bulldogs a 7-0 victory.  With the win, Fresno State's record moves to 14-5-1 (the Bulldogs did tie 22nd-ranked Oregon State that same day in another game that had a drop-dead time rule established prior to its start).  Cal drops to 10-7 on the season.

So the 110th meeting of what's often been a controversial series involving Fresno State and Cal ends in a Bulldog victory.  Fresno Sate now leads the all-time series with the Bears 64-46.  The Bulldogs now own nine wins over Power 5 conference teams (2 over the Pac-12, 3 over the Big Ten, 2 over the Big 12, and one each over the SEC and ACC) this season.

Also Tuesday -- Two Mountain West teams played rare midweek games.  San Diego State (12-7) scored the only runs of the game in the bottom of the sixth to escape the Terriers of Boston University (4-9) by a 2-0 score, and New Mexico (11-8) lost an 11-3,run-rule game in five innings to in-state rival New Mexico State (17-8) in Las Cruces.  Haley Hutton of Colorado State and Alyssa Batastini of UNLV were named the league's Player and Pitcher of the Week for their efforts last weekend.