Thursday, February 7, 2013

THURSDAY: Colorado State knocks off BYU

Colorado State got the season off on the right foot with a marquee victory for the Rams and the Mountain West, while New Mexico and San Diego State were also in action Thursday on day one of the 2013 season.

Colorado State 4, BYU 1 -- Pitcher Kacie McCarthy, the reigning Mountain West Pitcher of the Year, tossed a complete-game, 4-hitter as the Rams disposed of the Cougars at the Red Desert Classic in St. George, Utah.  Colorado State never trailed in breaking a 4-game losing streak in the series against its former Mountain West rival.  CSU had been run-ruled in their last four meetings with BYU dating to the 2010 season.  The Cougars, who received votes in both preseason national polls, are favored to win the Pacific Coast Softball Conference this season after winning the WAC title last year and the Mountain West crown the previous three.  Second baseman Cassy Mosser came up with the biggest hit of the day -- a 2-run, sixth inning double that scored two runs and provided the game's final margin.  CSU had four hits in the contest, with the other three being singles.  McCarthy walked five and struck out four to earn the win.

San Diego State 5, Creighton 2 -- Pitcher Rebecca Arbino gave up nine hits, but didn't allow an earned run in the complete-game victory over the Bluejays at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz.  Arbino struck out a career-high 11 and didn't allow a walk in shutting down a Creighton offense that had its way with New Mexico earlier in the day.  Back to back home runs in the bottom of the fifth by Patrice Jackson and Lorena Bauer propelled the Aztecs to the season-opening victory.  SDSU out-hit the Bluejays 10 to nine, but Coach Kathy Van Wyk's squad committed four errors.  Jackson had three hits to lead the way offensively,  while Bauer and freshman Kayla Bufardeci had two apiece.

Creighton 5, New Mexico 1 -- The Lobos loaded the bases in the seventh inning and brought the potential tying run to the plate, but couldn't score as the Blue Jays picked up the season-opening win in Tempe, Ariz., at the Kajikawa Classic.  Kaela DeBroeck went the distance and took the loss, giving up eight hits and all five earned runs.  She struck out five and walked only one, but had a shaky first inning when Creighton stormed to an early 4-run lead.  New Mexico had six hits in the game -- all singles from six different players.

Loyola Marymount 9, Colorado State 0 -- Immediately after posting their season-opening win over BYU, the Rams were back at it, but fell this time in a rout.  Loyola Marymount, picked to finish second behind BYU in the PCSC this season, overpowered the Rams with 15 hits, including a pair of home runs from freshman Stephanie Crist.  It was another freshman -- pitcher Sydney Gouveia -- who shut down the Rams' offense with a 2-hit shutout.  LMU exploded for seven runs in the top of the seventh inning, with most of the damage coming against starter Kailey Snyder.  The senior failed to get an out in the seventh and took the loss, giving up 11 hits in 6+ innings. Gouveia, who prepped alongside Fresno State freshman pitcher Jillian Compton at Arroyo Grande High School, struck out 10 in her collegiate debut.  The loss snapped Colorado State's 8-game winning streak dating to last season. 

No. 4/4 Arizona State 3, New Mexico 0 -- The Lobos had just one base runner in the game as Sun Devils ace Dallas Escobedo tossed a complete-game, 1-hit shutout.  Kaity Ingram had a single in the fourth inning, but that was all UNM could manage against 4th-ranked ASU on its home field in Tempe.  New Mexico freshman pitcher Lauren Soles had a strong debut, allowing only five hits, including just one for extra bases.  Escobedo struck out 15 Lobos, six of whom struck out at least twice in the contest.