Friday, March 1, 2013

BYU, UCLA among Friday Mountain West foes

Colorado State's snow-covered home field in a photo taken last Saturday.

A whopping 13 games were on tap Friday as every Mountain West team except for San Diego State played twice today.

Fresno State faced No. 10/12 UCLA today in a battle of former NCAA softball champions, looking for its second straight win over the Bruins.  The Bulldogs also beat former Mountain West member BYU in a rematch of last season's WAC championship game.

Boise State, New Mexico and San Diego State all played games on day two of the San Diego Classic I, co-hosted by the Aztecs and USD.  Colorado State played twice in its own tournament in Fort Collins, opening the home portion of the Rams 2013 schedule.  UNLV began play in its third home tourney of the season, while Nevada was in Stockton at the Libby Matson Invitational against future Mountain West opponent San Jose State.

The Mountain West went 8-5 Friday, with its losses coming to top-notch competition.

Fresno State 5, BYU 4 -- Stesha Brazil hit her Mountain West-leading sixth home run of the season as the Bulldogs rallied past the Cougars in San Diego.  Fresno State scored the game's final four runs and won it on Brazil's 2-run, walk-off blast with one out in the bottom of the seventh.  Jill Compton got the win, holding BYU to just two hits in five innings of scoreless relief.  Brenna Moss had two hits, stole two bases and scored three runs as the Bulldogs played without their top hitter, Brooke Ortiz (.361), who was out with an injury.  Moss singled to lead off the bottom of the seventh.

No. 10/12 UCLA 7, Fresno State 1 -- B.B. Bates hit her 12th home run and added a bases-clearing, 3-run double with two outs in the sixth inning to break open a close game as the Bruins beat the Bulldogs in San Diego.  Up until the sixth inning, Fresno State had allowed just four hits and one earned run to UCLA, which improved to 14-2 on the year.  Errors and a passed ball scored three of the Bruins' first four runs.  Compton took the loss, allowing one earned run on two hits. Destinee Levesque, who had pitched one inning all season, didn't allow an earned run in her longest stint of the year -- 1 1/3.  Vonnie Martin walked in the seventh and pinch runner Bria Kennedy later scored Fresno State's lone run.

BYU 8, Boise State 1 -- Tori Almond got the victory as the Broncos were held to just three hits in the Cougars' rout in San Diego.  Reigning Mountain West Pitcher of the Week Rebecca Patton took the loss as BYU pounded out 10 hits to pick up just its second win in its last eight games.

San Jose State 11, Nevada 4 -- In Stockton, the Spartans pushed eight runs across on seven hits in the third inning and never looked back in routing the Wolf Pack.  Karlyn Jones took the loss for Nevada, going 2+ innings.  San Jose State improved to 11-8.

Colorado State 5, Bradley 3 -- Ashlie Ortega hit a home run and had two RBI as the Rams won their home opener to snap a 6-game losing skid.  Colorado State finished with six hits in the game and starting pitcher Kacie McCarthy scattered seven Bradley hits to grab the win.

Nevada 1, Pacific 0 -- In Stockton, Wolf Pack pitcher Megan Dortch allowed just two hits as Nevada prevailed over the Tigers.  Freshman Megan Sweet accounted for the game's lone run with a solo homer in the sixth.  The Pack had three hits in the contest.  Pacific dropped to 10-5 on the year.

New Mexico 4, Utah State 2 -- In San Diego, the Lobos scored three runs in the bottom of the third inning to erase a 2-run deficit and send the reeling Aggies to their 16th consecutive loss to begin the season.  Kari Gutierrez got the victory with a 4-hitter.  New Mexico had five hits against Utah State.

Colorado State 4, Brown 0 -- Holly Reinke pitched a complete-game, 4-hit shutout as the Rams defeated the Bears in Fort Collins.  Danielle Wikre hit a home run and Kendal Butterfield had two of Colorado State's six hits in the game.  Brown (0-2) opened its 2013 season Friday under first-year head coach Katie Flynn.

UNLV 6, Weber State 0 -- At the Eller Media Stadium Classic, Amanda Oliveto scattered five hits in a shutout win over the Wildcats.  UNLV scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to break open a 1-0 game, and Pauline Monreal's two hits led the Rebels. Weber State fell to 0-11 on the season.

Long Beach State 6, Boise State 2 -- In San Diego, the 49ers pounded out 11 hits and scored runs in five separate innings on their way to a win over the Broncos.  Kenzie Cole took the loss for Boise State, which surrendered 21 hits in two games Friday.  Sarah Barnes and Devon Bridges combined for four of the Broncos' five hits.  Erin Jones-Wesley picked up the win for Long Beach State (8-6).

UNLV 4, Cal State Northridge 2 -- In Las Vegas, the Rebels prevailed over the Matadors at the Eller Media Stadium Classic.  Jaexie Balilea had two hits and an RBI, and scored two of UNLV's four runs in the win.  Oliveto started the game and later re-entered, allowing one hit and no runs in three innings of work.  The Matadors (6-13) dropped their fourth game to a Mountain West team after losing three to Fresno State earlier this season.

Long Beach State 5, San Diego State 4 -- In a back and forth game, the 49ers rallied for a win over the co-host Aztecs at the San Diego Classic I by scoring twice in the sixth inning against freshman pitcher Danielle O'Toole.  San Diego State had taken its first lead of the game, 4-3 in the top of the sixth, before Long Beach State rallied.  The 49ers got a 2-run single from designated hitter Emily Gregorio in the frame, one of three hits off O'Toole in the inning.  San Diego State out-hit Long Beach State 11 to nine in the game.  Christian Carbajal went the distance for the 49ers (9-6).  Rebecca Arbino went the first five innings for SDSU, allowing two earned runs.

New Mexico 2, San Diego 1 (11 innings) -- In San Diego, the Lobos rallied in the top of the 11th inning with the international tiebreak rule in effect.  Naomi Tellez hit a double with one out in the 11th to score the placed runner with the game's first run.  With two outs, Cassandra Kalapsa added an RBI single that would prove pivotal since USD rallied for a run in the bottom of the 11th but fell short.  Lauren Soles got the win in relief after Kaela DeBroeck started for UNM and pitched seven scoreless innings.  The win continued the Lobos' remarkable turnaround.  After losing 22 of 25 games spanning two seasons, New Mexico has now won 11 of its past 13.