Saturday, March 16, 2013

Aztecs snap Red Raiders' 10-game win streak


Everyone but New Mexico played twice Saturday as the Mountain West faced 12 non-conference games.  Boise State, Colorado State, Fresno State and San Diego State all beat 2012 NCAA Tournament teams.  Nevada ran its winning streak to a season-high six games, and UNLV split a pair.

San Diego State 3, Texas Tech 0 -- The Aztecs picked up their seventh straight home win in five days -- and one of their bigger wins of the season -- by defeating the Red Raiders of the Big 12 Conference.  The win snapped a 10-game winning streak for Texas Tech, which fell to 24-9 overall. In defeating the Red Raiders, San Diego State helped the Mountain West pick up a win over a Big 12 team for a second straight day following Fresno State's Friday win over a now 21-6 Kansas team.  It was Texas Tech's second loss this season to a team from the Mountain West, as Colorado State notched a win over the Red Raiders last month.  Rebecca Arbino threw a complete-game, 2-hitter to earn the victory and San Diego State scored all of its runs in the sixth.  In a 0-0 pitcher's duel between Arbino and Cara Custer (10-3), the Aztecs scored the game's first run with two outs in the sixth on a Kamerin May RBI single.  Lorena Bauer followed with her conference-leading eighth home run of the season -- a 2-run shot -- and that was all Arbino would need.  Texas Tech left runners in scoring position in three different innings, including at second and third base in the top of the sixth when the game was tied.  Arbino got a groundout to escape the jam.  In the seventh, the Red Raiders had a leadoff double but nothing else.

Colorado State 2, UMass 0 -- Rams senior pitcher Kacie McCarthy tossed a complete-game, 4-hitter in Colorado State's win over the Minutewomen in San Diego.  Danielle Wikre continued a strong weekend with a solo home run in the second for CSU.  The Rams' second run came home in the fifth without benefit of a hit following two UMass errors.  The Minutewomen, off to the worst start in school history at 2-14 overall, committed three errors and now have 44 errors in just 16 games.  They've lost nine straight games and entered the week with the fourth worst fielding percentage of 289 Division I teams.  Colorado State, now 11-13, had five hits in the game, including two each from Wikre and Emily Pohl.  UMass has advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 16 of the past 17 seasons.

Fresno State 6, Texas State 1 -- In Sacramento, Bulldog freshman Whitney Smith belted her first career home run, Michelle Solomon had two RBI, and freshman Hannah Harris got the win as Fresno State defeated the Bobcats.  Smith launched a deep blast over the fence in left to begin the top of the fourth inning and give the Bulldogs a 3-0 lead.  Fresno State stole three bases in the first inning when it went up 2-0, and had four steals for the game.  Sophomore shortstop Maria Sio had a pair of hits, and Solomon's RBIs came on a fielder's choice and a 2-out triple in the third.  Harris scattered eight hits in six innings against a Texas State team that won 39 games a year ago, advanced to the NCAA Tournament, and was declared the preseason favorite to win the WAC two months ago.  The Bobcats have struggled to a 5-21 record after losing their all-conference pitching ace Anne Marie Taylor to injury early in the season.  The Bulldogs, meanwhile, have won five of six to move to 17-11.  Pinch hitter Kelly Megee walked in the fifth and scored when the Bulldogs added a pair of runs on a Paige Gumz double and Vonnie Martin RBI single.

Bryant 2, UNLV 1 -- The Bulldogs scored a run in the sixth inning to snap a 1-1 tie and go on for the victory over the Rebels in San Diego.  Eventual losing pitcher Francesca Foti, who entered in relief of starter Stefany Valentino, walked a batter to begin the sixth and then gave up a single.  After a sacrifice advanced both runners, coach Lisa Dodd turned to Amanda Oliveto, who walked the first batter she faced before giving up the game-winning, infield single.  That run was charged to Foti.  Both teams had seven hits, and Valentino led the way for UNLV with three, including one with two outs in the bottom of the seventh.  The Rebels had a pair of runners on base when Tayler Van Acker grounded out to end the game.  UNLV's record moved to 10-17, while Bryant is now 4-7.

UNLV 8, Buffalo 3 -- The Rebels pounded out 11 hits in a win over the Bulls in San Diego.   Four UNLV players (Tayler Van Acker, Tayler Aleman, Garie Blando, and Pauline Monreal) had two hits apiece.  Monreal hit a pair of doubles and finished with two RBI.  Aleman had three and Van Acker two RBI in a bounce-back win for UNLV after a surprising loss earlier in the day to Bryant University.  Pitcher Amanda Oliveto got the win for the Rebels, scattering seven hits and suffering some wildness with five hit batters.  The Bulls stranded 12 base runners in the contest and left the bases loaded twice.  Buffalo dropped to 4-16 on the season, while the Rebels picked up their 11th win in 28 games.

Nevada 9, Northern Colorado 0 (6 innings) -- The Wolf Pack continued to feast on opposing pitching, picking up their third straight run-rule win Saturday in Reno at the Nevada Classic.  Junior pitcher Karlyn Jones has played a huge role in the Pack's recent 5-game winning streak.  The right-hander tossed her third consecutive complete-game shutout, limiting the Bears to three hits.  Lauren Lastrapes ended the game in the sixth with a 3-run home run, one of two round-trippers for the Pack in the game.  Megan Fincher also went deep against a Bears team that has struggled, losing nine of its past 10 games.  Nevada was the second Mountain West team to run-rule Northern Colorado in a 2-week span after Colorado State grabbed a 10-0 (five innings) win last week.  Fincher, Jasmine Jenkins and Megan Sweet all had two hits as part of Nevada's 10-hit attack.  Jones (10-4) has won six consecutive starts and has been the winning pitcher in two-thirds of the Wolf Pack's victories this season.

Idaho State 6, Boise State 4 -- The Bengals scored in each of the first five innings on their way to a win over the Broncos at the SpringHill Suites Invitational in Boise.  Idaho State had 12 hits, including three home runs, in the game.  Amanda Fitzsimmons had a huge game for the Bengals, going 3-for-4 at the plate with two home runs and four RBI.  Oh, and she also was the game-winning pitcher, too, in an all-around effort.  Fitzsimmons was one of three Idaho State players to have three hits apiece as the Bengals picked up their fourth win of the season over a Mountain West team.  Tara Glover had a 4-hit game with an RBI for Boise State (10-15).  Idaho State, now 8-13 on the season, was coming off a loss earlier in the day to Utah State.

Nevada 6, UT San Antonio 2 -- The Wolf Pack won at their own Nevada Classic, defeating the Roadrunners to pick up their sixth straight win.  Nevada broke a 2-2 tie in the fifth, scoring a pair of runs and then adding two more in the sixth.  Megan Dortch grabbed the victory, going six innings and allowing two hits.  Karlyn Jones gave up a hit in the seventh in relief.  Nevada hit three home runs in the game, with freshman Megan Sweet hitting two and Lauren Lastrapes belting one for the second straight game.

Sacramento State 3, Fresno State 0 -- Hornets ace Caitlin Brooks held the Bulldogs to just two hits and the hometown team won in Sacramento at the Capital Classic. Brooks, who entered the game with a 1.32 ERA, improved to 8-2 with her 10th complete game.  Jill Compton threw a complete-game, 4-hitter for the Bulldogs.  Unfortunately, two of the four hits were home runs as the Hornets scored all three of their runs in the fourth inning of what had been a scoreless pitcher's duel.  Brooks retired the first seven batters of the game before allowing a single to Maria Sio, who had three hits on the day.  Following Sio's single, Brooks retired the next 11 batters in a row.  The Bulldogs got a leadoff single from Diane Runge to begin the seventh but couldn't capitalize.  Sacramento State improved to 13-8 and avenged an earlier 3-2 loss to the Bulldogs this season.  Fresno State is now 17-12 overall.

Boise State 2, Portland State 1 -- Rebecca Patton allowed three hits in a complete-game effort and picked up the win over the Vikings in Boise.  The Broncos managed just two hits in the game, but bunched them both together in the third inning, and Portland State issued a walk and added an error in that all-important frame.  Devon Bridges' 2-out RBI single in the third accounted for Boise State's runs.  Patton forced the Vikings to strand the potential tying run at second base to end the game.  Her 3-hitter matched a career-best outing, previously achieved when she was pitching for Cal Poly.  Boise State is now 11-15, while Portland State, a 2012 NCAA Tournament team, is 6-19 overall.  The Vikings dropped to 0-10 this season in true road games.

San Diego State 9, Seton Hall 0 --  Despite the 9-run margin, this one went the full seven innings as the Aztecs prevailed in San Diego.  San Diego State went up 3-0 in the first inning, before putting the game away with a 4-run top of the seventh as the designated visiting team.  Freshman pitcher Danielle O'Toole was the winner, giving up six hits to the Pirates.  Patrice Jackson continued her recent offensive onslaught with a pair of home runs and three RBI.  She was one of four Aztecs with two hits each in an 11-hit attack.  Seton Hall saw its record drop to 10-10.

Miami-Ohio 3, Colorado State 2 (8 innings) -- In San Diego, the RedHawks scored twice in the bottom of the eighth for a walk-off win over the Rams.  After Colorado State took a 2-1 lead in the top of the eighth on an Emily Pohl RBI single, Miami-Ohio tallied a pair in the bottom of the frame to win it.  The international tiebreak rule was in effect when the RedHawks got a sacrifice fly to tie the game following a Kailey Snyder wild pitch that advanced two runners. With two outs in the eighth, a single won it for Miami, which had lost 11 of its past 12 games.  The Rams are 11-14, while the RedHawks won for just the fourth time in 21 games this year.  Pohl had four of CSU's eight hits and both RBI.