Friday, March 15, 2013

Fresno State snaps Jayhawks' 6-game win streak

Boise State's Dona Larsen Park on Opening Day

Boise State kicked off its home season with a sparkling, new stadium in Dona Larsen Park.  Nevada played at home for the first time this season and got a strong effort from both its pitching and hitting.  And Fresno State's Jill Compton shut down the nation's No. 1 hitting team as the Bulldogs defeated Kansas to highlight nine games Friday involving Mountain West teams.

Colorado State split a pair, UNLV got two shutouts, and host San Diego State played a late game at the San Diego Classic II to round out the day's action.

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Fresno State 3, Kansas 2 -- Bulldog freshman pitcher Jill Compton added to an already impressive start to her career with perhaps her biggest win.  Compton effectively shut down the nation's No. 1 hitting team and Fresno State picked up a key, non-conference victory over the Kansas Jayhawks of the Big 12 at the Capital Classic in Sacramento.  KU entered the game leading the nation in team batting average, hitting a staggering .401.  The Jayhawks had seven starters today batting over .400 for the season, but they were little match for Compton, who scattered seven hits.  Stesha Brazil hit her seventh home run of the season to pull Fresno State into a 1-1 tie with Kansas in the third, and the Bulldogs took a 2-1 lead in the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Michelle Solomon to score Diane Runge, who tripled.  In the bottom of the sixth, junior Kapri Angotti delivered one of the biggest clutch hits of the season for Fresno State.  Angotti's 2-out single on a full-count pitch scored freshman Whitney Smith, who walked to lead off the inning.  At one point in the game, Compton retired 12 of 13 Jayhawks in succession to pick up her seventh win.  Fresno State moved to 16-11 on the year, while Kansas (20-6) saw its 6-game winning streak come to an end.

UNLV 2, UT Arlington 0 -- Junior pitcher Amanda Oliveto continued a dominant season, tossing a complete-game, 2-hitter in a win over the Mavericks of the Western Athletic Conference at the San Diego Classic II.  UNLV got both of its runs in the third.  After Geri Blando and Stefany Valentino singled, Tayler Van Acker brought both home with a 2-run single.  In the top of the seventh, Oliveto ran into her biggest jam of the game, as UT Arlington's first two runners of the inning reached on a walk and a single.  A strikeout and two groundouts ended the game as the Mavericks left a pair, including the potential tying run, in scoring position.  UNLV won for the ninth time in 25 games this season, while UT Arlington fell to 13-10.

Colorado State 2, Fairfield 0 -- Senior pitcher Kacie McCarthy allowed just two hits in the Rams' shutout win over the Stags of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference at the San Diego Classic II.  Danielle Wikre accounted for both Colorado State runs, hitting a solo homer to lead off the bottom of the third inning, and then adding a sacrifice fly in the fourth.  The Rams moved to 10-12 on the season, while Fairfield is now 7-7.  No player for either team had more than one hit in the game.

Utah State 5, Boise State 3 (8 innings) -- The Broncos are certainly hoping things go better in future games at Dona Larsen Park than their first one did on Friday.  Playing for the first time at its new ball park, Boise State suffered a shocking loss to a Utah State team that was just 2-20 on the season.  In the eighth inning, with the international tiebreak rule in effect, the Aggies scored a pair of runs on a Tara Glover error and a bases-loaded walk by eventual losing pitcher Rebecca Patton.  Utah State entered the week having lost 24 straight games spanning two seasons, and Aggies reliever Shelbi Tyteca picked up her first win of the season in 16 appearances.  With one away in the seventh and Boise State down a run, freshman Ashley Palmer hit the first home run at Larsen Park to pull the Broncos into a 3-all tie.  Glover's first inning triple was the fifth of her career, a new Boise State record.  The Broncos dropped to 9-14 with the loss.

UNLV 1, Marist 0 -- Freshman pitcher Francesca Foti picked up both her first career win and shutout by tossing a complete-game 3-hitter against the Red Foxes of the MAAC.  Pauline Monreal doubled to lead off the fifth inning and scored on a 1-out single by Heather Harrison for the game's lone run.  Foti, now 1-4 on the season, walked four and struck out three.  The Rebels improved to 10-16, while Marist dropped to 7-7.

Nevada 10, UT San Antonio 0 (5 innings) -- Playing their home opener at Christina M. Hixson Park, Nevada put together an all-around effort to run-rule the visiting Roadrunners of the Western Athletic Conference.  Junior right-hander Karlyn Jones (8-4) tossed her second consecutive complete-game shutout, holding UTSA to just three hits to earn the win.  Jones got all kinds of offensive support, too, as the Wolf Pack had five extra-base hits, including three home runs.  Sophomore Ashley Butera hit a pair of home runs and finished with five RBI.  Junior Erin Jones enjoyed a 3-for-3 day with a home run, two RBI and three runs scored.  UTSA fell to 14-10 on the season, while Nevada moved two games over .500 for the first time in 2013, winning its fourth straight. 

Harvard 4, Colorado State 3 -- At the San Diego Classic II, shortstop Emily Gusse hit a run-scoring single with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning to lead the Crimson over the Rams.  Harvard, which trailed in this one 3-0 early, rallied with single runs in the third, fifth, sixth and seventh innings for the comeback win.  Holly Reinke took the loss for CSU in a complete-game outing as Harvard had 10 hits.  In the top of the first, the Rams scored three runs on four hits, thanks to a fielder's choice and RBI singles from Danielle Wikre and Kendal Butterfield.  Colorado State second baseman Cassy Mosser committed errors in both the fifth and sixth innings that led to Harvard scoring a pair of unearned runs.  Harvard improved to 4-6 on the season, while the Rams fell to 10-13.  It was CSU's 10th loss in its last 14 games.

Boise State 8, Idaho State 0 (5 innings) -- Pitcher Lela Work earned her first career shutout in the run-rule win at home for the Broncos over the Bengals at the SpringHill Suites Invitational.  It was quite an improvement for Boise State after falling in its home opener to Utah State in the game immediately preceding this one.  The Broncos scored four times with two outs in the second to break the game open early.  Boise State got four consecutive two out, RBI hits -- singles by Lindsey Nicholson, Jordan Kreiger and Makenna Weir, along with a double by Tara Glover.  Two innings later, Boise State put up a four spot again.  Holly Bourke walked with the bases loaded, Devon Bridges hit a 2-run single and Mackenzie Whyte added a run-scoring double.  Work didn't issue a walk or strike out a batter, but retired Idaho State in order in the top of the third inning immediately after the Broncos pushed their first four runs across.  After splitting its opening day at Dona Larsen Park, Boise State is 10-14 overall.  Idaho State dropped to 7-12.

San Diego State 4, Buffalo 2 -- At their San Diego Classic II, the Aztecs got a solo home run from Patrice Jackson to snap a late scoreless tie in a win over the Bulls.  Jackson's home run came with one out in the sixth inning of a 0-0 game.  This one was a pitcher's duel nearly the entire way as Aztecs freshman starter Danielle O'Toole battled Buffalo's Tori Speckman.  When the first two batters of the fifth inning reached base safely for the Bulls, Kathy Van Wyk summoned Rebecca Arbino to try and maintain a 0-0 tie.  Buffalo's biggest threat of the game subsided as Arbino got three quick outs on only six pitches, and the Bulls had a runner thrown out at home.  Using the momentum from that half inning, San Diego State got the homer from Jackson minutes later to take the 1-0 lead.  After being held to three hits through 6 1/3 innings, the Aztecs' bats got going with one out in the seventh as they had four straight hits, including a triple by Kayla Jordan and doubles by Lorena Bauer and Tiffany Corder, to score three runs and take a seemingly safe 4-0 lead to the seventh.  Not so fast.  Buffalo staged a rally in the seventh, getting three hits, including a 2-run double, and bringing the potential winning run to the plate.  Arbino allowed two runs and three hits in three innings of relief and grabbed the win.  SDSU improved to 17-12 overall with its fifth win of the week, while the Bulls fell to 4-15 and lost for the 11th time in their last 13 games.