Sunday, February 20, 2011

Weekend results around the Mountain West

It was not the best weekend ever for softball teams in the Mountain West Conference as the league went just 9-18 overall.

Brigham Young (6-4)
The Cougars moved to 6-4 on the season after a weekend at the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic in Las Vegas. BYU defeated SIU-Edwardsville 10-5, edged struggling Cal Poly 8-6, withstood a 6-run seventh inning by Boise State in a 12-11 win, and run-ruled Cal State Northridge. BYU lost its only game of the weekend against a ranked opponent, falling 7-4 to No. 19 Stanford.

Colorado State (2-7)
The Rams went 0-5 on a tough weekend at the Texas Invitational in Austin. Colorado State fell twice in run-rule decisions to host Texas (12-4 in six innings and 8-0 in five innings). The Rams also were beaten twice by Wisconsin (5-1 and 7-6) and lost to Missouri State (8-2). Coach Jen Fisher's squad has lost six consecutive games.

San Diego State (6-3)
It turned out to be a disappointing weekend hosting a rainy San Diego Classic I for the Aztecs. After moving into the national rankings last week, San Diego State could find itself out of the Top 25 as early as Tuesday. The Aztecs went 1-2 this weekend, falling to Missouri 9-1 in a five inning run-rule game and losing to Washington 6-3 today. San Diego State committed six errors in the loss to the Huskies. The Aztecs' one win this week was a 4-2 victory over Sacramento State.

New Mexico (3-3)
The Lobos were swept in a 3-game series at Baylor this weekend. The Bears are 8-0 on the season and New Mexico kept each game relatively close so that's an improvement for the program. Baylor won the three games by scores of 7-2, 4-0 and 3-1.

UNLV (4-5)
The Rebels went 2-3 in their own Louisville Slugger Desert Classic, but did it the unconventional way. UNLV upset a pair of Southeastern Conference opponents, beating Tennessee 4-3 and Arkansas 3-2 in eight innings. But the Rebels suffered frustrating losses in games they were probably expecting to win: 9-6 to in-state rival Nevada, 1-0 to SIU-Edwardsville and 14-9 to Utah State.

Utah (5-6)
Few teams suffered the types of heartbreaking losses the Utes endured this weekend in Las Vegas. Utah took big leads into the late innings against No. 14 Oregon and No. 9 Hawai'i, only to lose them both in their final at-bats. The Utes led the Wahine 6-1 before falling 8-7, and led Oregon 5-3 heading to the seventh inning before giving up the game's final five runs. In an 8-4 loss in eight innings to Arkansas, the Utes scored three in the seventh to force extra innings, only to give up four runs in the eighth. The team did pick up a pair of victories, defeating Boise State 12-8 and Long Beach State 3-2.