New Mexico splits with No. 23/RV Oregon State -- In Corvallis, the Lobos and the Beavers split a doubleheader in Oregon State's home opener Thursday. New Mexico won game one, 5-3, before falling in a heartbreaker in the nightcap, 5-4. In the first game, UNM was out-hit six to four but made Oregon State pay for some costly miscues. The Lobos scored a pair of runs in the second inning without getting a hit, thanks to two walks and a pair of Oregon State mental mistakes on ill-advised fielder's choices. In the opener, four of the Lobos' five runners who eventually scored got on base without a hit. Two UNM players who walked, one who reached on a fielder's choice, and one who reached on an error, all ended up scoring. Cassandra Kalapsa's 2-run home run in the fifth came following a walk, and gave the Lobos the lead for good in that one. In the nightcap, New Mexico had a 4-1 lead heading to the sixth, only to see the Beavers score three in the bottom of the sixth to tie it. Lobos freshman pitcher Lauren Soles, who went the distance in game two, was the tough-luck loser as Ally Kutz hit a game-winning, walk-off solo home run on Soles' first pitch of the seventh. New Mexico freshman outfielder Mariah Rimmer, who had two of UNM's four hits in the opener, was forced to leave game two after being hit by a pitch in the top of the first inning. There was no immediate word on her condition. New Mexico is now 14-17 overall, while Oregon State, which was No. 23 this week in the USA Today/NFCA poll but unranked in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll, is 21-5.
San Diego State 13, Bryant University 6 -- Patrice Jackson went 3-for-3 and hit a sixth inning grand slam as the Aztecs defeated the Bulldogs of the Northeast Conference in San Diego Classic II Thursday. Five different Aztecs players had two hits apiece as part of San Diego State's 15-hit attack. It was the third straight game for the Aztecs to reach double figures in runs. Freshman pitcher Danielle O'Toole won for the second day in a row to improve to 7-5. Bryant is 2-6 on the season, but had eight hits in the game, one off its season high.
San Diego State 2, San Jose State 0 -- Rebecca Arbino scattered five hits as the host Aztecs defeated the Spartans at the San Diego Classic II Thursday. There wasn't much action in a game dominated by senior pitchers Arbino and Amanda Pridmore of San Jose State. The Aztecs scored a run in the second on a sacrifice fly by Kayla Jordan, and then added a second run two innings later when Monica Downey hit an infield RBI single. The Spartans dropped to 14-10 overall, while the Aztecs improved to 16-12 with their fourth win in three days. Both pitchers are now 8-7.