Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Rams win, Lobos lose as MW goes 1-1 Tuesday

The last Mountain West team of the season to play Long Beach State became the only one in the conference to defeat the 49ers.  In a non-conference game in Long Beach, Colorado State was held to only two hits, but bunched both together in the sixth inning to come from behind and beat the 49ers 2-1.  Long Beach State had been 6-0 versus the Mountain West this season, defeating all six other teams in the conference earlier this season.  This time, Colorado State sent 2012 MW Pitcher of the Year Kacie McCarthy to the circle while the 49ers chose to go with sophomore Amanda Hansen and JC transfer Christian Carbajal rather than ace Erin Jones-Wesley in the mid-week game.  Long Beach State took a 1-0 lead in the fifth on an RBI double by Sarah Carrasco.  Despite still having a no-hitter intact in the sixth inning, Hansen was surprisingly yanked from the game after walking the leadoff batter in the sixth.  Following a sacrifice, Colorado State wasted little time in getting its first two hits of the game once Carbajal entered.  Kendal Butterfield and Taylor Hutton hit back to back, RBI singles that were aided by overthrows from the outfield each time.  That was all McCarthy would need as she threw a perfect seventh inning and retired the final nine batters she faced.  Colorado State improved to 13-14, while Long Beach State lost its third straight game and dropped to 18-13 ... In Albuquerque, visiting New Mexico State snapped a 5-game losing streak and picked up a 2-0 win at rival New Mexico.  The Lobos didn't have much offense against a pair of Aggies pitchers, getting three hits.  New Mexico's best chance to score came in the fifth when it got its first hit of the game -- a one-out double by Jordyn Bledsoe.  A New Mexico State error followed, putting Lobos runners at the corners with one out, but a groundout and strikeout ended the threat.  UNM fell to 14-18 overall, while NMSU saw its record move to 15-12.