Thursday, February 17, 2011

San Diego State splits, BYU wins, UNLV falls

San Diego State split a pair of games, Brigham Young won its only game, and UNLV lost at home as the Mountain West Conference went 2-2 in action Thursday.

The Aztecs opened play in the San Diego Classic I, one of two tourneys they co-host this season with the University of San Diego. Things started out fine, but ended with a painful loss for San Diego State.

The Aztecs suffered a lopsided loss to a Top 10 ranked team for the second time in four days, falling 9-1 in a five inning, run rule affair to #8/10 Missouri. The loss came 48 hours after San Diego State had achieved its first national ranking of the season. The Aztecs entered the ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25 poll Tuesday at No. 22. Prior to the loss to Missouri, San Diego State defeated Sacramento State 4-2. Twice in the seventh inning, the Hornets brought the tying run to the plate, but were held off.

Meanwhile, BYU and UNLV were opening play in the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic in Las Vegas. The Cougars, ranked 23rd by the NFCA, came from a 3-run deficit to knock off SIU-Edwardsville 10-5. The host Rebels tried to come from eight runs down against rival Nevada, but couldn't claw all the way back. The Wolf Pack defeated UNLV 9-6.