The Fresno State softball team ran into a buzz saw Friday and even the chance to take its swings against a freshman was not enough to sway the outcome.
Right-hander Michelle Floyd pitched two-hit ball over four innings and fellow freshman Mo Mercado and sophomore Courtney Rodriguez each drove in two runs from the Nos. 7 and 8 spots as No. 14 Arizona beat the Bulldogs 8-0 in five innings at the Mary Nutter Classic in Cathedral City.
Fresno State, playing the first of its five games at the tournament, saw its five-game winning streak snapped and fell to 8-3.
Arizona took advantage of wildness by Bulldogs sophomore Jill Compton in the first. A bunt single, sacrifice, walk and hit batter loaded the bases and a pair of two-out walks forced in runs.
Arizona, which opened its tourney stay by beating No. 12 Texas A&M 4-2 before falling to No. 16 Missouri 2-0 on Thursday, moved to 12-1 later Friday, as Nancy Bowling opened by retiring 18 straight batters in 7-0 victory over No. 11 Nebraska.
Compton made it just three innings against the Wildcats, allowing four runs (three earned) on three hits and the three walks.
The Bulldogs offense managed one hit in each of the first two innings but only more after that.
Fresno State plays games Saturday at 9:30 a.m. against No. 25 Texas and noon against Virginia.
Equestrian: Bulldogs ride to upset over No. 2 Baylor
Fresno State's equestrian team edged No. 2 Baylor 8-7 on day one of matches against the visiting Bears and Southern Methodist.
"More than excited is the best way to put it right now," interim head coach Eric Hubbard said. "We've been riding really well, so we knew we could do it at home, and the girls proved it today."
With the match tied 7-7, junior Brigid O'Leary won by a half-point in reigning. It was the first competition point of her career.
Macy Wilson's 88 in equitation on the flat earned her a Most Outstanding Player honor.
Day two begins at 10 a.m. Saturday when Baylor and SMU finish up, followed by the match between the Mustangs and Fresno State.
Men's golf: Hawaii tourney ends at 36
Fresno State and the rest of the field at the Johns Burns Intercollegiate went home without playing the final 18 of a scheduled 54-hole tournament with the Hawaiian island of Kauai under a flash-food warning.
Justin Bailey of Brigham Young won the individual title at 10-under 134 and No. 4 Cal took the team title at 16-under 560.
Fresno State (600) was 16th. Nate Jessup's 145 tied for 23rd.
Women's swimming: MWC meet continues
Esme Gullick turned in Fresno State's best swim on Day 3 of the Mountain West Conference championships, winning the B final in the 400 individual medley.
Gullick placed ninth overall in 4:18.69, an NCAA B cut time.
The Bulldogs are last among 10 teams with 126 points; Boise State leads at 477.
Loreen Whitfield (Clovis East High) helped set a conference record as San Diego State won the 400 medley relay in 3:35.13. Whitfield was fourth in the 100 fly with an NCAA B cut time of 54.04.
Tennis: Bulldogs teams split against ranked foes
Freshman Claire Yang won in three sets at No. 6 as the Bulldogs women beat No. 63 Santa Clara 4-3 at the Wathen Center.
The men had a lead but fell 4-3 to No. 69 New Mexico, despite wins by top player Sai Kartik Nakireddi in singles and doubles.