Bulldogs Nipped By The Bears
Hillary West won her point and the MVP  title in Equitation over Fences today against Baylor.
Hillary West won her point and the MVP title in Equitation over Fences today against Baylor.

By Kelly Mason

Feb. 25, 2012

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FRESNO, Calif. - In the first away competition of the season the Bulldogs gave Baylor a tough ride, but fell just short to the Bears (8-9) Saturday after a tight competition.

In the two English events the Bulldogs came in two points short in the raw score recording a 722 to Baylor's 724. Fresno State claimed four points in the English arena. In Equitation on the Flat Lanie Madrazo (81) and Macy Wilson (71) each won their points. In Equitation over Fences Hillary West (83) won the MVP and Kara Spicer (71) won her point as well.

"Traveling competitions are difficult because you ride horses you don't know in a competition arena you are unfamiliar with," said head English coach Julia Scrivani. "Although it was difficult our team gave Baylor a fight, we fought all the way to the end. I think the raw score reflects how hard we fought, I was very happy with our performance today."

In the Western events, Fresno State won 4-3. The 'Dogs won the raw score too, 686.5 to Baylor's 630. In Horsemanship Lauren Crivelli (73.5) and Christa Beezley (70) each earned their point. In Reining Crivelli (66) won her second point of the day, and Ciara Kozlowski (68.5) won her point as well. Sydney Coletti (69) tied her opponent.

"Traveling always presents challenges, however our ladies gave Baylor great competition today," said head Western coach Stephanie Reeves. "We had the additional challenge of facing a team who was able to ride in a competition before us since we competed against Baylor on neutral ground at Georgia. Overall, today was a great success as our ladies rode well and displayed great sportsmanship. We look forward to riding against Georgia tomorrow."

The Bulldogs face the University of Georgia tomorrow morning starting at 9 a.m. to conclude their weekend of competition in the south.

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