Friday, March 22, 2013

Friday brings shutouts, blowouts and snow outs

It turned out to be the lightest Friday of the season in Mountain West softball after Colorado State's Spring Tournament was snowed out.

The Rams were unable to get either of their two scheduled games in on Friday as heavy snow began to fall.  It was probably a good thing for Colorado State because the Rams trailed Ball State 6-0 in the top of the third inning and the Cardinals had the bases loaded with only one out when the game was called.

It's unknown how much of the remainder of the tourney will be played, since more snow and below freezing temperatures are expected Saturday.  The expected wind chill could be between 12 and 15 degrees on Saturday with highs not expected to reach above the 20s.  Weather permitting, the teams will resume where they left off at 11:15 a.m. MDT tomorrow.

New Mexico and UNLV ended up being the only Mountain West teams to complete games on Friday and went a combined 1-3.

Oklahoma State 11, New Mexico 0 (5 innings) -- In Albuquerque, Kat Espinosa threw a 1-hitter as the Cowgirls blasted the Lobos.  Oklahoma State scored five times in the first inning against starting and eventual losing pitcher Kaela DeBroeck and hit back to back home runs in the frame.  OSU had 14 hits in five innings, and Samantha Chrisman had four of them.  Chrisman hit a home run, double and two singles to finish with six RBI.  New Mexico's first and only hit of the game came on an infield single by Kaity Ingram in the fourth.

Oklahoma State 6, New Mexico 1 -- In game two of their doubleheader, the Lobos were held to three hits by Cowgirls pitcher Simone Freeman.  Oklahoma State scored in each of the first four innings to open up a 6-run lead against UNM freshman pitcher Lauren Soles, who threw a complete-game but took the loss.  Soles allowed 12 hits and five earned runs.  UNM scored an unearned run in the sixth.

Tulsa 13, UNLV 1 (5 innings) -- In Las Vegas, the red-hot Golden Hurricane routed the Rebels in a run-rule affair.  Tulsa scored five times in the third and added an 8-run fourth inning as UNLV committed four errors.  Starter Amanda Oliveto, in her first game since throwing a no-hitter over UMass, went 3+ innings and gave up five hits and five earned runs to pick up the loss.  Oliveto gave up all five earned runs and walked three in the third inning, and was pulled.  Reliever Francesca Foti entered in the fourth, which turned into a nightmare for the Rebels. Foti issued three walks, committed one of three UNLV errors in the inning, hit a batter and allowed two hits, including a bases-loaded triple as Tulsa scored eight additional runs to go up 13-0.  The Rebels scored an unearned run in the fifth after a Golden Hurricane error. UNLV finished with two hits in the game, which marked Tulsa's 12th consecutive win (and second of the day after it defeated Texas Tech earlier).

UNLV 5, Texas Tech 3 -- Playing at home, the Rebels became the third Mountain West team to beat the Red Raiders this season and the second in six days.  Oliveto (11-9) got her second start of the day, and scattered eight hits and overcame nine walks to grab the win.  This was a game where the Red Raiders had tons of chances but could never capitalize.  Oliveto struck out nine, but the nine walks almost came back to haunt her team in an up and down performance.  Ultimately, she escaped jams in every inning as Texas Tech stranded 15 base runners and left the bases loaded in the first, third and seventh innings.   Tayler Aleman and Alyssa Cordova had 2-out RBI hits in the first as the Rebels took a 2-0 lead.  An inning later, Stefany Valentino added another 2-out RBI for a 3-run cushion.  A sacrifice fly and wild pitch scored the Rebels' final two runs, and Aleman and Valentino both finished with two hits.  UNLV committed a pair of errors that led to two Texas Tech runs, and Tech scored a third on a bases-loaded walk by Oliveto.  The Rebels finished with seven hits, while the Red Raiders, losers of three of their last four, had eight.  UNLV joined Colorado State and San Diego State as winners against the Red Raiders this year, and Boise State gets the chance to be the fourth Mountain West team to beat Texas Tech when the two play twice Saturday.