Thursday, March 29, 2012

Conference play begins next week

Conference play begins next week in the Mountain West, and teams may be looking forward to it after a difficult non-conference season.

Wednesday was one of the toughest days of the season in MW softball as the league went 1-5 in non-conference play.  Colorado State was the lone winner yesterday, shutting out Northern Colorado 8-0.

San Diego State suffered its most heartbreaking loss of the season in dramatic fashion.  Justeen Maeva drove in five runs to break the Aztecs' career RBI record, but San Diego State blew a 5-run lead in the seventh inning in a crushing, 8-6 loss at No. 19 Arizona.

The Wildcats trailed 6-1 entering the bottom of the seventh and were later down to their last strike, trailing 6-3 when a 3-run homer off Bailey Micetich tied the game.  Arizona got a 2-run, walk-off home run in the eighth to win it, pushing San Diego State's record below .500 for the first time this season at 18-19.

Boise State is now looking at a 3-game losing streak after a series sweep at the hands of Oregon.  The Broncos lost the opener to the Ducks 4-1, and were run-ruled 14-6 in five innings in the nightcap of a Wednesday doubleheader.  Oregon completed the 3-game sweep of Boise State with a 6-4 win Thursday. UNLV also was swept in a doubleheader at Southern Utah Wednesday, falling 9-1 (six innings) and 3-2.

New Mexico plays a key, 3-game series at Texas this weekend, along with a single game vs. Tulsa.

The Golden Hurricane are tied for the No. 4 spot in the Mid-Major Softball Poll alongside Fresno State, which joins the Mountain West on July 1.  Along in the mid-major rankings, three current MW teams are included.  New Mexico is seventh, San Diego State is tied for 11th, and Boise State is 17th.