Fresno State closes out the fall season with a 12-7 victory over UC Davis

Bailey Alexander riding in the reining competition against University of Georgia at the Student Horse Center on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. (Larry Valenzuela/ The Collegian)

The Fresno State equestrian team, currently ranked No. 6, wrapped up its fall competition with a 12-7 victory over UC Davis on Friday, according to a Fresno State Athletics news release.

Freshman Bailey Alexander, who leads the Bulldogs in the reigning and has the longest active winning streak, continued her winning streak in the reigning competition and earned her third Most Outstanding Player (MOP) of the season. Alexander is now 6-0 in the event this year.

The afternoon began with the fences event, which saw the Bulldogs fall 3-2. Sophomore Alivia Hart earned her first point of the season with a 75-69 victory over Stephanie Don of UC Davis. 

Freshman Annastasia Anstead earned the second point for Fresno State with a 76-71 ride against Lily Ulrich of UC Davis. Anstead picked up her second fences point of the year on Friday.

The Bulldogs continued their winning ways in the horsemanship competition. The ‘Dogs outscored the Aggies 4-1 in the event. Senior Nicole Campbell scored a 75.5 to her opponent’s 73. Sophomore Brooklyn Moch had a season-best of 76.5 to earn her fourth point of the season.

Sophomore Hannah Buijs also had a great performance. Buijs had a season-high in her 75-74 ride. Freshman Hannah Way scored a 74 to Katie Flinn’s 71.5 for the Aggies to score the final point for the Bulldogs in the horsemanship competition.

The Bulldogs’ 4-1 win in the western event brought them to a 6-4 lead with two events remaining.

The stars of the event on Friday were the freshmen, who were the point winners for the ‘Dogs as Ana Bertozzi (78-60) and Anstead (74-59) won their rides. Even with the ‘Dogs’ freshmen showing out, the Aggies were able to top the Bulldogs in the flat, 3-2.

The western corp completed its almost perfect day with a 4-0-1 outing in the reining. Alexander opened up, scoring a season-high and her sixth-consecutive win to remain undefeated for the season. Freshman Julianne Kelley secured her point with a 70.5 to her opponent’s 67.5.

Senior Shea Gilson tied in her ride while senior Paige Barton earned her point on a 74-73 edging, and sophomore Lexee Padrick rounded out the scoring in the event with a 74-72 ride.

Fresno State ended its fall season with an overall record of 5-4, having impressive victories over Texas A&M, Baylor and Oklahoma State.

The Bulldogs equestrian team will not return to action until Feb. 1, 2020, when it hosts the No. 1 ranked Auburn at the Student Horse Center.

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