Sunday, February 24, 2013

8 Sunday games complete the weekend

The Mountain West won just two of eight games on a less than memorable Sunday.  After Colorado State finished 0-5 in Palm Springs with a pair of late Saturday night losses, UNLV joined the Rams today with an 0-5 weekend.  Nevada split, and San Diego State lost as both finished 2-3 in the same tourney.  Fresno State and Boise State both had winning records this weekend but both blew late leads in Sunday losses. Only New Mexico escaped the day unscathed, and notched a win over a Big 12 opponent in the process.

The results will be updated throughout the day so check back often:

New Mexico 2, Kansas 1 -- Freshman Mariah Rimmer delivered a clutch, run-scoring double with two outs in the top of the seventh inning as the Lobos got the win over the Jayhawks in Corpus Christi.  Rimmer's hit -- just New Mexico's second hit since the third inning -- scored Sheryl Guillermo, who walked to lead off the seventh.  Freshman Lauren Soles threw 2.1 innings of scoreless relief, allowing two hits, to earn the victory.  Kansas (10-4) had scored 36 runs in its previous three games of this Islander Classic before running into Soles and UNM starter Kaela DeBroeck, who allowed three hits and a run in 4.2 innings.  For the second time this season, the Lobos (9-9) have their record at .500, following an 0-7 start.

Idaho State 6, Fresno State 5 -- A promising weekend ended in disappointment for the Bulldogs (10-8), who gave a win away to the Bengals in Santa Clara.  A 2-out error in the bottom of the sixth was Fresno State's undoing and it denied the Bulldogs what looked like an impressive comeback win.  Idaho State went in front 3-0 early before Fresno State came back with five straight runs.  The Bulldogs scored three in the fourth to tie it and then scored single runs in the fifth and sixth to go up 5-3.  Jill Compton, who'd come on in relief with no outs in the second inning, was mowing the Bengals down, retiring 10 straight entering the sixth inning.  A defensive switch to begin that sixth inning had Fresno State playing out of position in the infield for the first time all season, and it proved costly as a 2-out error loaded the bases.  Compton gave up a double following the miscue, and Hannah Harris allowed a single that broke the 5-5 tie.  And that was it:  Three unearned runs with two outs in the bottom of the sixth proved to be the difference.  Idaho State won its third game of the year versus the Mountain West (the Bengals beat Nevada twice) and defeated the Bulldogs for the first time in history.  Brooke Ortiz had her second straight 3-for-3 game (and went 8-for-9 over the last two days), but the Bulldogs blew numerous chances to break it open, stranding runners on base in all seven innings.  Maria Sio lined out to end the fifth as Fresno State left the bases loaded. (Note: Immediately after beating the Bulldogs, Idaho State lost to previously winless Santa Clara.)

San Diego 8, Boise State 6 -- The Broncos saw their chances at a 4-win weekend evaporate quickly as San Diego rallied from a big deficit for the win in Riverside.  Boise State (7-7) was rolling early and roughed up Toreros starter Jenny Lahitte.  After Sarah Barnes hit a 3-run home run in the top of the third as part of her 4-for-4 day with four RBI, the Broncos were up 5-0 and Lahitte had to be pulled from the game.  Boise State starter Kenzie Cole was cruising along until the bottom of the fourth when USD scored three runs to cut Boise State's lead to 5-3.  In the bottom of the fifth, things went sour for the Broncos.  San Diego scored five times on six hits.  Cole allowed four straight singles and was replaced by Rebecca Patton, who gave up a run-scoring single, followed by a walk, and a 2-out, 2-run double that put USD up 8-5.  In the sixth, Boise State got a run back on an RBI single by Devon Bridges, but that was all.  San Diego picked up its third win in four tries over Mountain West squads this season (the Toreros beat Fresno State twice in 1-run games last week).  USD faces New Mexico next weekend.

UCLA 13, Nevada 4 (5 innings) -- The Wolf Pack were no match for the Bruins in a run-rule rout at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Palm Springs.  Nevada starting pitcher Megan Dortch walked the first four batters she faced to force in a run early and things spiraled downhill from the beginning.  A single and a 2-run double followed, and Dortch left the game without recording an out as UCLA was up 5-0.  The Bruins had another 5-run inning in the third and scored in all four innings they came to bat.  UCLA's Mysha Sataraka tied a school-record with three doubles in three at-bats.  Bailey Brewer pitched four innings of relief for the Pack, surrendering eight hits.  A key Karley Hopkins error prolonged the third when all five runs scored with two outs.  Nevada scored a pair of runs in the fifth against Bruins reliever Jessica Hall, who walked one, hit consecutive batters and gave up singles to Megan Fincher and Ashley Butera.  Erin Jones hit a 2-run double for the Pack in the third.

Oregon 4, UNLV 2 -- Oregon freshman pitcher Cheridan Hawkins didn't allow a hit in five innings of relief as the Ducks beat the Rebels in Palm Springs.  UNLV junior Amanda Oliveto took the loss, giving up seven hits and three earned runs.  Junior outfielder Pauline Monreal put the Rebels in front early with a 2-run, 2-out double in the first, but that was all UNLV could muster as it lost for the sixth straight game.  Oregon tied it in the top of the second and scored single runs in the third and fifth, but could never pull away.

Long Beach State 7, UNLV 2 -- Erin Jones-Wesley struck out 11 as the 49ers defeated the Rebels to complete an 0-5 weekend for UNLV.  Long Beach State leadoff hitter Shayna Kimbrough had four hits to lead a 13-hit attack against the Rebels, who lost their seventh straight game.  UNLV is 5-10 on the season.

Oregon 3, San Diego State 1 -- Ducks ace Jessica Moore tossed a complete-game 3-hitter, shutting down the Aztecs' offense in Palm Springs.  Moore held San Diego State hitless until the sixth inning.  With one out in the sixth and trailing 3-0, Kayla Jordan doubled down the line in right for the Aztecs' first hit.  Jordan scored on a 2-out single by Kamerin May.  San Diego State senior Rebecca Arbino went the distance, scattering seven hits over six innings and taking the loss.  The Aztecs finished 2-3 in Palm Springs and saw their overall record dip to a game over .500 at 8-7.

Nevada 7, UC Santa Barbara 1 -- Wolf Pack pitcher Karlyn Jones had a shutout going until the sixth inning as the Wolf Pack picked up a win over the Gauchos in Palm Springs.  There was not much offense to speak of on either side until the fifth when Nevada broke a 0-0 tie.  Megan Sweet, Ashley Butera and Erin Jones hit run-scoring singles, Sara Parsons hit a 2-run double, and another run scored on a sac fly in a 6-run inning.  A frame later, a pair of UCSB errors plated a Nevada run.  Jones struck out her sixth batter of the game to end it as the Pack moved to 7-8 on the year.