Friday, February 22, 2013

Aztecs, Bulldogs, Broncos & Lobos win on Friday

Action continues at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Palm Springs for San Diego State and Colorado State Friday after both teams went 0-2 Thursday.  Nevada and UNLV will play their first games of the tourney.

Fresno State begins play at the Santa Clara Broncos Invitational, Boise State opens up play at the Amy S. Harrison Classic hosted by UC Riverside, and New Mexico is at the Islander Invitational in Corpus Christi.

Friday's results:

New Mexico 6, Southern 4 -- Mariah Rimmer and Chelsea Anaya hit home runs as the Lobos prevailed over Southern in their first game of the Islander Invitational.  Rimmer had three hits and an RBI, while Anaya and Naomi Tellez had a pair of hits each.  UNM moved to 7-8 on the season, while Southern fell to 0-12.  Lisa Rodrigues was the winning pitcher, allowing three runs on four hits in 3 1/3 innings.

San Jose State 5, Fresno State 2 -- In a game played as part of the Santa Clara Invitational but taking place on the Spartans' home field in San Jose, the Bulldogs remained winless away from home.  Vonnie Martin hit a 2-run double in the first inning to give Fresno State the early lead but the Bulldog offense was non-existent after that.  It was just San Jose State's 10th win ever over the Bulldogs in 91 games between the two schools.  Coach Trisha Ford's squad (7-7 overall) is 0-6 away from Bulldog Diamond this season. San Jose State improved to 6-7 and is now 2-1 versus the Mountain West that it will join next season.  The Spartans have beaten New Mexico 9-0 and lost to UNLV 2-1 earlier this year.

Boise State 10, Weber State 1 (5 innings) -- The Broncos run-ruled the Wildcats in Riverside.  Boise State moved its record to 5-6 on the year, while Weber State remained winless at 0-6. 

Utah 7, Colorado State 3 -- The Utes pounded out 10 hits to defeat Kacie McCarthy and the Rams at the MNCC.  Utah improved to 5-6 on the season and is now 2-1 versus the Mountain West after beating UNLV and falling to Nevada earlier this season.  Colorado State has lost four straight games.   After being down 3-0 in the sixth inning, CSU got a 2-run single from Shae Rodriguez to make it a 1-run game.  In the top of the seventh though, Utah broke it open as the first three batters of the inning all reached base off McCarthy (two walks and a single).  All three runs ended up scoring after reliever Holly Reinke entered and were charged to McCarthy.  A fourth run of the seventh was charged to Reinke.  CSU got a run in the seventh on a solo homer by Daneille Wikre for the final margin.

Fresno State 5, Santa Clara 1 -- At the Santa Clara Broncos Invitational, the Bulldogs continued their dominance over the hosts.  Fresno State has now won 47 of the 48 games between the schools in this series after Friday's win.  It was the Bulldogs' first win of the season away from home as they improved to 8-7.  Santa Clara remains winless at 0-7.  Freshman pitcher Taylor Langdon got her first career start and picked up the win, improving to 3-1 on the season.  Langdon was relieved in the fifth by freshman Hannah Harris, who earned her first save by allowing just one hit in three innings.  Sophomore Brenna Moss had two stolen bases and three hits, including her Mountain West-leading fifth triple of the season.  Junior Stesha Brazil moved into a tie for the conference lead in home runs with San Diego State's Lorena Bauer by hitting her fifth -- a 2-run shot in the top of the fifth inning.  Freshman catcher Paige Gumz added a pair of hits and Vonnie Martin added an RBI.  Diane Runge and Michelle Solomon both hit doubles in the contest and the Bulldogs stole four bases, surpassing their entire 2012 stolen base total as they now have 19 on the year.

Oregon State 6, Nevada 5 (11 innings) -- At the MNCC, the Wolf Pack lost a heartbreaker to the Beavers with the international tiebreak rule in effect.  Second baseman Karley Hopkins committed an error to begin the fourth inning, giving Oregon State runners at second and third base with nobody out.  It was the fourth Wolf Pack error of the game and would prove to be the most costly.  Tough-luck losing pitcher Karlyn Jones then got the Beavers to hit into an infield groundout that failed to advance either runner.  A sacrifice fly, which would have been the third out of the inning if not for the error, sent Oregon State to its ninth straight win.  Nevada trailed 3-0 before taking the lead with the long ball in the fifth inning.  Erin Jones hit a 3-run home run to conclude an impressive, 15-pitch at-bat to pull the Pack into a 3-all tie.  One out later in the fifth, Ashley Butera homered as Nevada went in front 4-3.  A solo home run by Oregon State in the sixth tied the game and each team scored a run with the ITB in effect in the eighth.

BYU 5, UNLV 3 -- At the MNCC, the Mountain West suffered its seventh straight loss in the tournament without a win as the Rebels saw a late lead disappear in a loss to the Cougars.  UNLV was up 3-1 in the sixth inning, but BYU scored three in the sixth to take the lead for good.  The Cougars added an insurance run in the seventh.  Freshman Jamie DePippo took the loss in relief after entering in the sixth in place of starter Stefany Valentino.  BYU (5-8 overall) had eight hits to the Rebels' four in the game.  UNLV is now 5-6 on the season after losing its third straight game.

LSU 6, UNLV 1 -- At the MNCC, freshman pitcher Francesca Foti of UNLV allowed just one earned run in a complete-game effort, but the Tigers opened up a close game with a late rally.  A Rebels error with two outs in the sixth inning was their undoing as four hits and a walk followed for a 4-run LSU inning.  UNLV took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Tigers starter Ashley Czechner walked a pair and hit two batters, the last one scoring UNLV's lone run.  Foti allowed 13 hits in six innings of work on a day when Amanda Oliveto didn't pitch in either Rebels game.  UNLV's fourth straight loss dropped it to 5-7 on the year and the Mountain West lost its eighth straight game this weekend at the Palm Springs-area tourney.  LSU improved to 13-1.

San Diego State 3, Syracuse 0 -- Friday night, the Aztecs picked up the Mountain West's first win of the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic after eight straight losses.  Senior pitcher Rebecca Arbino struck out a career-high 12 and allowed five hits in the complete-game shutout for the Aztecs over the Orange.  San Diego State moved to 7-6 on the season, while Syracuse suffered a third straight defeat and is now 3-3.