Friday, March 29, 2013

Colorado State scores 18 runs in rout of UNLV

Colorado State scored a season-high 18 runs, while Nevada and San Diego State both won thanks to errors by Fresno State and New Mexico in Mountain West play Friday.

Colorado State 18, UNLV 10 (5 innings)

In a game Amanda Oliveto would like to forget, the junior allowed 10 earned runs in just two-thirds of an inning as the Rams rolled in Fort Collins.  Oliveto started the game and gave up six runs in the first inning and was pulled without recording the final out.  After CSU's offense got rolling, Oliveto re-entered in the fifth and allowed four consecutive bases-loaded walks as the run-rule went into effect.

Colorado State had to use three pitchers of its own, including Kacie McCarthy as UNLV rallied back from a 6-1 deficit to tie the game.

In a wild game with changing momentum, CSU's 6-1 lead in the first inning eventually became a 6-all tie in the fourth before the Rams rallied with five runs in the bottom of the frame.  Even an 11-6 lead wasn't safe for Colorado State though, as UNLV scored for the fifth straight inning by pushing four runs across in the top of the fifth to cut the margin to a run.

The Rams responded again with a 7-run bottom of the fifth as all five pitchers in the game ran into difficulty.  None of the five (Francesa Foti and Oliveto for UNLV, and starter Kailey Snyder, Holly Reinke and McCarthy of CSU) allowed fewer than three runs in a wild offensive display with 18 hits.

Cassy Mosser, Chelsea Biglow and Alysa Greckel all had three hits for the Rams.  Greckel had five RBI, while Biglow had four.  Despite the lopsided loss, the only three home runs in the game came off the Rebels' bats.  Stefany Valentino hit a pair to finish with four RBI, while Emily Haslinger had one.  Tayler Van Acker had three of UNLV's 11 hits.

Nevada 1, Fresno State 0

Fresno State gave this game away and Nevada gladly accepted.

The Bulldogs out-hit Nevada eight to three, but blew golden opportunities to score all game long, and the Wolf Pack took advantage of a game-changing error with two outs in the seventh inning.

Fresno State shortstop Maria Sio's miscue -- her team-leading 12th of the season -- came on a force play that would've sent the Bulldogs to the bottom of the seventh tied 0-0.  The Pack got just three hits -- all singles -- in the game against Fresno State freshman pitcher Hannah Harris, who lost the game but deserved a much better fate, especially against the Mountain West's top hitting team.

Harris took a no-hitter into the fifth and a 1-hitter into the seventh.  With one out in the seventh, Sara Parsons singled for Nevada's second hit of the game.  With two away, Jasmine Jenkins singled as Parsons advanced to second.  It was the first time Nevada had moved a runner into scoring position in the game.

Lauren Lastrapes then hit a bouncer to Sio, who threw a wild toss well wide of second base trying to get the easy force to end the inning, and Parsons scampered home for the game's only run.

Fresno State stranded 10 base runners in the game, including a staggering nine in scoring position.  The Bulldogs left runners in scoring position in every inning but the sixth and had hits in every inning but the sixth as well.  During one stretch, Fresno State left the go-ahead run stranded at third base in four consecutive innings.

The Bulldogs had a runner at second base with one out in the first inning, runners at second and third base with two outs in the second, runners at the corners with nobody out in the third, a runner at third base with two outs in the fourth, runners at second and third base with two outs in the fifth, and runners at first and second base with just one out in the seventh.  They failed to score every time.

Megan Dortch got the win for Nevada, maneuvering her way through eight hits, a walk and two Pack errors, and escaped jams all night long.  Harris lost for the first time in five starts, and has not allowed more than one run in any of those last five starts.  She has thrown 13 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run.

San Diego State 5, New Mexico 0

A game-changing error occurred late in this one as well as the Aztecs broke a scoreless tie with two outs in the sixth.

New Mexico's Jordyn Bledsoe committed her second error of the game -- and team-leading 13th of the season -- with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning, allowing San Diego State to score the game's first two runs.

Kamerin May led off the sixth for SDSU with a single.  With one away, Patrice Jackson hit an infield single, and -- with two away -- a walk by UNM starter Kaela DeBroeck loaded the bases.  Pinch hitter Kayla Bufardeci then hit a grounder to Bledsoe, whose wild throw allowed the game-changing runs.  Pinch hitter Kaitlin Connors then delivered a crushing blow with a 3-run homer as all five runs in the frame were unearned.

Combined with last night's opener, all nine runs allowed by New Mexico in this series have been unearned.  Rebecca Arbino, who came on in relief of freshman starter Danielle O'Toole in the sixth, grabbed the win by throwing two hitless innings.  UNM had six hits against O'Toole and left the bases loaded in the fifth.

San Diego State had seven hits against DeBroeck, who took the loss.  Jackson, with two, was the only player with multiple hits for either team.