After a contested finish, the Cal-Fresno State game from the Judi Garman Classic this past weekend finally has a rock-solid answer from to the NCAA. A ruling came down on Tuesday declaring the Bulldogs the winners by forfeit.
The controversy arose after the game was called in the midst of a 2-2 tie after six innings. The stoppage came due to a “drop time” from the Cal side, due to a predetermined travel schedule. There was a hitch, however.
The drop time had not been discussed, nor agreed upon, prior to the game’s start. Per NCAA rules, such a determination must be made prior to the beginning of the game in which they made need to be instituted, so that both teams are aware of what is taking place.
According to multiple media reports, Trisha Ford and the Bulldogs’ side of the field were unaware of the goings-on, even taking the field to warm up for the top of the 7th inning until they were informed of the game’s end by the umpiring crew.
After the game, the two programs differed on interpretation of the outcome; Fresno State dubbed the game a tie, their second of the day and both against PAC-12 opponents, while Cal noted the game as a no-contest, scrubbing all of the stats and writing the game off.
Due to the differing points of view, and for a final once-and-for-all determination, the NCAA brought the gavel down on the Fresno side of the issue, awarding the Mountain West team a 7-0 victory.
Prior to the ruling on Tuesday, Fresno State did retain their top-25 spot in the national polls while Cal remained just on the outside looking in.
The game was the 110th in the all-time series between the two squads, a series that Fresno State leads 64-46. With the win, the Bulldogs’ season record moved to 14-5-1 while the Golden Bears from Berkeley dropped to 10-7 on the year.