Saturday, March 2, 2013

Bulldogs, Aztecs, Broncos, Pack win Saturday

Much of the focus remained on the San Diego Classic I, co-hosted by San Diego State and USD, where four Mountain West teams continued play Saturday.  Colorado State and UNLV both played again in home tournaments today, while Nevada remained in Stockton for the Libby Matson Invitational.

Fresno State and San Diego State both went 1-0 Saturday and still sit atop the standings with the two best overall records.  Nevada and Boise State both split a pair today and were the only other winners.

Long Beach State 6, New Mexico 2 -- The 49ers continued to impress against Mountain West competition in San Diego, rolling to their third straight win over a MW team.  Long Beach State broke a 2-all tie with a single run in the fifth and three more in the sixth inning to pull away.  Cindy Sheehan took the loss for the Lobos, while the 49ers (10-6) got a complete-game, 6-hitter from pitcher Erin Jones-Wesley.  Chelsea Anaya had two hits and both RBI for UNM.

Nevada 6, Southern Utah 5 -- The Wolf Pack pounded out 13 hits and erased a late deficit to defeat the Thunderbirds in Stockton.  Starting pitcher Karlyn Jones tossed a complete-game, 5-hitter but two of Southern Utah's hits were homers, including a grand slam that gave SUU a 4-2 lead in the third.  Down 5-3 in the sixth, Nevada bunched six hits together in the frame to take the lead for good.  Ashley Butera, Sara Parsons and Erin Jones all had doubles for Nevada.  Southern Utah dropped to 2-11 on the season.

Nebraska-Omaha 3, Colorado State 2 (8 innings) -- The Mavs scored twice in the top of the eighth inning with the international tiebreak rule in effect to defeat Kacie McCarthy and the Rams at the Colorado State Classic.  A 2-run single by shortstop Tonya Peterson was the difference for the Mavs, who are 16-1 overall and transitioning to NCAA Division I softball.  The Rams scored a run in the bottom of the eighth but the game ended when a CSU pinch runner was called out for leaving first base early.  Shae Rodriguez had three of the Rams' six hits.

BYU 6, New Mexico 1 -- Cougars pitchers Tori Almond and Hannah Howell threw a combined 2-hitter as the Cougars rolled to a win over the Lobos in San Diego.  BYU had 11 hits against New Mexico's Lauren Soles and Kaela DeBroeck, with Soles taking the loss.  The Cougars scored in four consecutive innings from the second through the fifth in beating a Mountain West team for the third time this season.  BYU played all seven MW teams in 2013, going 3-4, with losses to Colorado State, Fresno State, Nevada and San Diego State.  The Cougars are 7-12 overall.

No. 10/12 UCLA 5, Boise State 4 (11 innings) -- The Broncos battled, but UCLA (15-2) prevailed in extra innings with the international tiebreak rule in effect in San Diego.  Alyssa Tiumalu hit a sacrifice fly to win it for the Bruins in the bottom of the 11th of a game that took more than three hours to complete.  Rebecca Patton went the distance for Boise State, allowing five hits and two earned runs, striking out five and walking seven.  UCLA starter Jessica Hall ran into immediate trouble, walking three in the first inning as Boise State went in front 1-0 before leaving the bases loaded.  The Broncos had several chances to break the game open, but stranded 17 base runners in the contest.  Boise State had runners at third base with less than two out in all four extra innings, and scored only one time.  Devon Bridges tied a school record with four hits in the game.

Boise State 5, San Diego 3 -- After getting down 3-0 early, the Broncos rallied for the game's final five runs to win against the Toreros.  In the process, Boise State took two of three from USD in the past week.  Makenna Weir had three hits for the Broncos and led the way.  Weir's first career home run put Boise State on the board, her second hit (an RBI double) brought BSU within a run, and her third hit -- an RBI single -- tied it in the sixth when the Broncos took the lead for the first time.  Lela Work scattered five hits to earn the complete-game win.

Pacific 3, Nevada 2 -- In Stockton at the Libby Matson Invitational, the host Tigers scored on a sacrifice fly in the seventh to pull out a come-from-behind win over the Wolf Pack.  Despite playing on its home field, Pacific was the designated visiting team and scored with the help of a Nevada error in the seventh.  Karley Hopkins and Sara Parsons hit first inning doubles as the Pack took an early lead, but Nevada had just two hits over the game's final six innings.  Megan Dortch pitched a complete game and took the loss.

DePaul 2, UNLV 1 -- After suffering a surprising loss to Cal State Northridge earlier in the day, the Blue Demons bounced back with a win over the host Rebels at the Eller Media Stadium Classic in Las Vegas.  Kirsten Verdun allowed just three UNLV hits, and DePaul had eight against Rebels pitcher Amanda Oliveto.  A fielder's choice allowed the eventual game-winning run to score in the sixth, and DePaul ran its record to 11-8 with a second win this season over the Rebels.

San Diego State 4, Utah State 1 -- The Aztecs scored three runs in the first inning and held on for a home win over the Aggies, who fell to 0-18 on the season.  Freshman Danielle O'Toole moved her record to 4-4, allowing five hits in 6+ innings.  Senior Rebecca Arbino came on to pick up her first save of the season after O'Toole gave up a leadoff single in the seventh.  Kristin May had a 2-run double in the first inning and finished with three RBI.

Fresno State 9, Utah State 6 -- Sophomore outfielder Michelle Solomon blasted her first career grand slam and finished with five RBI in the Bulldogs' win over the Aggies in San Diego.  Solomon hit her grand slam in the bottom of the first as Fresno State went up 4-0. An error paved the way for three unearned USU runs and the Aggies took a 6-4 lead into the fifth.  Solomon answered again with a run-scoring single and the Bulldogs pushed five runs across in the fifth to break the game open again. The top five hitters in the lineup went 7-for-17 with seven RBI and eight runs scored. Freshman Taylor Langdon (4-1) grabbed the pitching win, allowing just two hits and no runs in three innings of relief.  Former Bulldog Becca Walker, now playing for 0-19 Utah State, went 0-for-3 and committed an error.

New Mexico State 8, UNLV 0 (5 innings) -- In Las Vegas, the Rebels didn't have much left in the tank after coming off a narrow, 2-1 loss to DePaul earlier.  New Mexico State (12-7) rolled to the run-rule win, and UNLV was held to just three hits for the second consecutive game.  Francesca Foti got the start and went the distance for the Rebels, allowing 12 hits in 4+ innings.