Thursday, May 12, 2016

No. 17 Fresno State breaks school record with 22nd straight win


The 2016 Fresno State softball team, ranked 17th in the nation in the latest ESPN.com/USA Softball rankings, continues to re-write the school's record book.

The Bulldogs ran the nation's longest winning streak to 22 straight by beating UNLV Thursday night, breaking a record that stood for 17 years.  The 1999 Fresno State team -- the last Bulldog team to reach the Women's College World Series -- held the previous mark of 21 straight wins for the better part of the last two decades.

But this year's Fresno State squad continued to roll and gain momentum towards possibly hosting an NCAA regional when the pairings are announced live Sunday at 7 p.m. Pacific time on ESPNU.

The Bulldogs improved to 21-0 in Mountain West play and 40-9-1 overall, becoming the 25th Fresno State softball team since 1982 to win 40 or more games in a season.  Head coach Trisha Ford has done it each of the past two years.

Fresno State also continued to tear up the Mountain West record books, running their current winning streak in conference play to a staggering 31 games, spanning two seasons.  With two games remaining, the Bulldogs are gunning for the first unbeaten season ever for a team in Mountain West softball play.

No. 17 Fresno State 4, UNLV 1 - Pitcher Jill Compton moved into third-place all-time among Fresno State pitchers by winning her 15th straight game.  Only All-American pitchers Amanda Scott and Marcie Green, both of whom led their teams to the WCWS, have ever won more consecutive games for the Bulldogs.  The senior right-hander Compton improved to 15-0 in conference play and 24-4 overall with her 87th career win.  Alyssa Villalpando, the Mountain West leader in RBI, smacked a 3-run home run -- her eighth round-tripper of the season -- in the third inning to give the Bulldogs a 4-0 lead.  It came after Kierra Willis, the conference leader in walks, runs and on-base percentage, drove in the Bulldogs' first run of the game on a sharp infield grounder.  Bria Kennedy had a 4-for-4 day, including a double, for the Bulldogs.  UNLV scored its lone run with two outs in the seventh inning.

Boise State 3, San Diego St. 2 - The Broncos picked up one of their biggest wins of the season and all but nailed the door shut on any NCAA at-large hopes the Aztecs may have had with the win in San Diego.  Nicole Wilson allowed just two hits over six innings to pick up the win.  San Diego State threatened with the potential tying and go-ahead runs on base in the bottom of the seventh.

San Jose St. 4, New Mexico 1 - The Spartans secured second-place in the final conference standings with a win over the Lobos in San Jose.

Nevada 12, Utah State 4 (5 innings) - In Logan, the Wolf Pack won their first game in the last 25 days with a rout over the Aggies.  Brooke Bolinger allowed four runs and four hits to pick up the win, and Nevada scored three runs before Utah State starter Alleyah Armendariz recorded an out.