Sunday, March 10, 2013

Nevada, Fresno State grab run-rule, shutout wins

Just five games took place Sunday around the world of Mountain West softball.  San Diego State was denied a victory when Oregon State came up with a big inning. Fresno State got a second consecutive impressive pitching performance from a freshman in a run-rule win. Nevada got its second win of the weekend over Rutgers thanks to an all-around strong effort. UNLV lost a heartbreaking, 1-run game to UCLA, and New Mexico endured a tough, walk-off loss in Seattle.

Sunday's results:

Nevada 12, Rutgers 0 (5 innings) -- The Wolf Pack offense exploded for 13 hits and Nevada scored in every inning of its run-rule rout of the Scarlet Knights in San Luis Obispo.  Erin Jones went 4-for-4 with three doubles and an RBI to lead the way for Nevada.  Wolf Pack pitcher Karlyn Jones earned the complete-game shutout victory, allowing four hits.  It was the second win of the weekend for Nevada over the Scarlet Knights, who have now lost three games versus Mountain West opponents this season.  Megan Fincher had a 3-run home run and freshman Megan Sweet hit a 2-run blast as part of her 2-hit game.  Sara Parsons and Jasmine Jenkins also had multi-hit games as the Pack went 4-1 at the Mustang Classic and moved a game over .500 at 13-12 overall.  Rutgers (7-8) went 1-4 in the tourney.

Fresno State 8, St. Mary's 0 (6 innings) -- Freshman pitcher Hannah Harris tossed the first complete-game shutout of her collegiate career as the Bulldogs run-ruled St. Mary's to conclude play in the Fresno State Classic.  Harris didn't walk a batter, allowed only three hits, and retired the final nine batters she faced all in a row.  The Gaels had just one base runner reach second base in the game.  Meanwhile, Fresno State pounded out 11 hits.  Michelle Solomon and Kapri Angotti both tallied three apiece.  Solomon launched a deep home run over the center field fence, had two RBI and ended the game with an RBI single that invoked the run rule.  Angotti had three RBI to lead the Bulldogs, who got things started off on the right foot when sophomore Brenna Moss led off the game with her league-leading sixth triple.  Moss stole home immediately after her triple, taking advantage of the St. Mary's infield walking the ball back to the circle.  Fresno State pushed four runs across in the first as Vonnie Martin hit an RBI single and Angotti had a 2-run single and the Bulldogs batted around.  Stesha Brazil added an RBI and stolen base, and the Bulldogs have now stolen 42 bases on the year.  Fresno State is now 15-11 overall, while St. Mary's dropped to 4-16 against a difficult schedule that's already included Cal, Oregon, Hawai'i, Oregon State, Washington, Ole Miss, UAB, San Diego State and the Bulldogs.

No. 11/9 UCLA 4, UNLV 3 -- The Rebels lost a heartbreaker to the Bruins in Lakewood at the Long Beach State Invitational.  Despite having just three hits in the game, UNLV bunched two of them together in the fourth inning to erase a 1-0 deficit and take a 3-1 lead.  Stefany Valentino walked to begin the bottom of the fourth for the Rebels, and a Tayler Van Acker double moved her to third.  Following a hit by pitch to load the bases, Pauline Monreal cleared them with a 3-run triple off Ally Carda as UNLV surged in front.  With junior ace Amanda Oliveto in the circle, the Rebels looked to be in good shape.  After retiring the Bruins in order in the sixth, Oliveto took a 2-run lead to the seventh and ran into immediate trouble.  A single and double preceded a 2-run double from B.B. Bates to knot the score at 3-3.   A one-out single by UCLA freshman Brittany Moeai scored the Bruins' third run of the inning and provided the game's final margin.  Oliveto, who struck out eight, had allowed six hits through the first six innings before UCLA finished with 10 in the game.  UNLV fell to 8-16 on the season, while the Bruins improved to 21-4.

No. RV/23 Oregon State 9, San Diego State 5 -- Aztecs senior pitcher Rebecca Arbino was sailing along with a 4-run lead and a 3-hit shutout intact until everything turned sour.  Oregon State erupted for eight runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to rally from four runs down and go on for the win over San Diego State in the Fresno State Classic.  Arbino allowed five consecutive hits, including two triples, to begin the fifth inning as the Beavers had eight of their 11 hits in that one inning alone.  Danielle O'Toole came on in relief of Arbino and gave up a walk and three hits (including a double) in the fifth, and the Aztecs also committed an error.  The nine runs were the most allowed in a game this season by the Mountain West's premier pitching staff, which entered the tourney with an ERA under 2.00.  The last time San Diego State allowed more runs in a game was exactly one year ago to the day in the same tournament when Cal put up 12 runs against San Diego State on March 10, 2012.  The Aztecs got a 3-hit game from Kayla Jordan, including a triple.  San Diego State is now 12-12 on the season, including 0-9 versus teams ranked in at least one of the two major Top 25 polls.  The Beavers, under first-year head coach Laura Berg, are 20-4 overall and have won 18 of their past 19 games.

Yale 6, New Mexico 5 -- The Lobos rallied from five runs down to tie the game, only to see the Bulldogs win it in walk-off fashion at the Husky Classic in Seattle.  New Mexico starting pitcher Kari Gutierrez lasted just one-third of an inning, allowing four hits and five earned runs as the Lobos fell behind 5-0 early.  In the top of the second, New Mexico had six hits and scored four runs to pull within one.  It would stay that way until the sixth when Jordyn Bledsoe hit an RBI single to score Mariah Rimmer with the tying run.  But in the bottom of the seventh, reliever Kaela DeBroeck (who hadn't allowed a run since entering in the first inning) gave up a solo home run to Yale freshman Lauren Delgadillo to end it.  New Mexico had a season-high 16 hits in the game, but stranded 11 base runners and had two runners thrown out at the plate.  Rimmer and Chelsea Anaya had three hits each.  Yale center fielder Tori Balta threw out New Mexico runners at home in both the sixth and seventh innings.  The Lobos dropped to 13-14 overall, while the Bulldogs won their second game of the season.