Saturday, April 15, 2017

Rams edge Aggies, while Bulldogs lose heartbreaker at No. 23 Cal

Colorado State shut out first-place Utah State to salvage game three of that series Saturday, while Fresno State lost a heartbreaker in Berkeley in a game where the Bulldogs were two outs from a key road win over the nation's 23rd-ranked Cal Bears.

The Rams, behind pitcher Larisa Petakoff's third shutout of the season, beat Utah State and freshman pitcher Kellie White 3-0, but it was the Aggies winning two of three games in the series.  USU's lead in Mountain West play dwindled to just a game in the loss column over both San Jose State and San Diego State, which both completed 3-game home sweeps.  The Spartans knocked off Boise State for a third day in a row, while the Aztecs overpowered New Mexico a third straight day.  SDSU outscored the Lobos 22-3 in the series.

Nevada, after losing a 7-0 lead in a 12-7 loss at home to UNLV on Friday, bounced back for a win in the series finale over the Rebels.

In Berkeley, Fresno State held a 1-0 lead nearly the entire game against a Cal team that hadn't lost a home non-conference game to an unranked opponent in more than a decade.  The Bulldogs were two outs from a shutout, which would have been sophomore pitcher Kamalani Dung's MW-leading seventh of the year.

In the fateful bottom of the seventh inning, Dung was hamstrung by a strike zone that kept getting smaller and smaller as Cal neared a rare non-conference home loss.  Dung had allowed just two hits until the bottom of the seventh, but after three walks and a pair of singles, it was the Bears who came out on top.

Fresno State out-hit Cal seven to four, despite the loss.  The Bulldogs have lost an uncharacteristic six of their past seven games, tying a school record for most losses in a 7-game span in program history.  Dung finished with a 4-hitter against the nation's 23rd-ranked team.

In 14 innings of work this week, Dung allowed a total of just five hits and had an ERA of 1.00.