Monday, March 7, 2011

Weekend results around the Mountain West


It was another mixed bag of results among Mountain West Conference softball teams this past weekend. San Diego State and Brigham Young continued their incredibly tough schedules. New Mexico played highly-ranked Washington tough in an extra-inning game, UNLV had its best weekend of the year, Utah got a couple of wins in tourney action, and Colorado State continued to struggle.

Brigham Young
The Cougars went 1-4 at the Campbell-Cartier Classic hosted by San Diego State with their lone win a 5-0 victory Saturday over Cal Poly. The competition was stiff, including three Top 25 opponents and another that could jump into the national rankings this week following an impressive weekend. No. 25 Houston beat BYU 4-0 Thursday morning and the Cougars fell to Long Beach State 1-0 later that afternoon. On Friday, BYU lost a pair of games to ranked teams, falling to No. 23 Fresno State 7-3 and to No. 6 UCLA 5-2.

San Diego State

The weekend started off very strong with a pair of victories Thursday for the Aztecs in their Campbell-Cartier Classic. Bailey Micetich picked up a 3-0 win over Long Beach State and its star freshman pitcher, Erin Jones-Wesley. Samantha Beasley then got an impressive win as San Diego State routed No. 23/25 Houston 6-0. Cougars pitcher Donna Bourgeois took the loss. Friday night, the Aztecs suffered a 2-1 loss at home to its longtime nemesis, No. 23 Fresno State. The Bulldogs, who ended the season of San Diego State in NCAA regional action last year, beat the Aztecs for the 53rd time in 62 all-time meetings. Following the loss to Fresno State, the Aztecs faced defending national champion UCLA. The 6th-ranked Bruins were able to escape with a 3-1 win. And on Sunday, San Diego State couldn't hold a 1-0 lead, giving up two runs in the sixth inning of a surprising 2-1 loss to struggling Cal Poly. The Mustangs were just the second unranked team to grab a win over San Diego State this season.

UNLV

Following a shocking 8-5 loss to the USD Toreros in the Eller Media Stadium Classic opener on Friday, the Rebels bounced back for four straight wins. UNLV took down Troy 3-2, Bradley 7-1, Kansas 10-1 (five innings), and San Jose State 3-2 (eight innings).

New Mexico

The Lobos pushed No. 5 Washington to extra innings in a 7-4 loss Saturday before being run-ruled by the Huskies twice in the 3-game series in Albuquerque. Washington won the final two games (each in six innings) by 11-2 and 12-3 scores.

Utah

The Utes were in Tallahassee and went 2-2, splitting two-game series with both Florida State and Wisconsin. The 5-4 win over the Seminoles is a quality victory considering FSU was ranked to begin the season before falling out of the polls.

Colorado State

The Rams continued to have a difficult start to the season, hosting their own Colorado State Classic. Things didn't go well and CSU finished 1-4 despite a weak slate of opponents. The Rams were run-ruled 19-5 (five innings) by Northern Illinois, fell 13-10 to Santa Clara, lost 12-9 to Sacred Heart and dropped a 16-5 (five innings) game to Northern Illinois. The weekend ended with CSU's lone win, a 9-4 decision over Santa Clara.