Sunday, March 17, 2013

UNLV's Oliveto tosses no-hitter against UMass

The third no-hitter of the season in the Mountain West took place Sunday as UNLV junior pitcher Amanda Oliveto didn't allow a hit in a 5-0 win over UMass at the San Diego Classic II.

Five Mountain West teams were in action Sunday.  The Rebels and Colorado State both concluded play in San Diego with wins.  Nevada and Boise State wrapped up play in home tournaments with victories.  Fresno State was the only team that found itself on the losing end Sunday as three errors doomed the Bulldogs.

UNLV 5, UMass 0 -- Amanda Oliveto tossed her fourth career no-hitter and the Rebels sent reeling UMass to a 10th consecutive loss.  Oliveto joins a pair of Mountain West freshmen -- Fresno State's Jill Compton and New Mexico's Lauren Soles -- in throwing no-hitters this season.  The Rebels took advantage of Minutewomen errors in both the second and fourth innings to go up 3-0.  Alyssa Cordova's 2-run single following a UMass error in the second provided Oliveto with the only runs she would need, but UNLV didn't stop there.  In the fourth, Cordova reached on a fielder's choice as Pauline Monreal scored on a throwing error.  The Minutewomen committed eight errors over their final three games of the tourney and now have 47 in 17 games this season. After qualifying for the NCAA Tournament in 16 of the past 17 years, UMass is off to the worst start in school history at 2-15.  In the seventh inning, Tayler Van Acker hit a 2-out, 2-run home run for the game's final margin.  UMass did have multiple base runners, despite not getting a hit.  Minutewomen batters reached on a fielder's choice, a walk, a hit batter, and there were two UNLV errors in the game.  Oliveto has now thrown no-hitters in all three of her collegiate seasons, and the Rebels moved to 12-17 on the season.

Colorado State 3, Seton Hall 1 -- The Rams improved their record to 12-14 overall with a win over the Pirates in San Diego.  Kacie McCarthy allowed three hits and struck out six while walking one to pick up the victory.  In a game with four total runs, just one was earned as the teams combined for five errors.  Kendal Butterfield reached on errors to begin both the second and fourth innings for Colorado State, and scored in both innings.  A sacrifice fly by Danielle Wikre in the third scored the game's lone earned run after singles by Shae Rodriguez and Haley David.  While McCarthy's string of shutouts ended at three, her streak of complete games without an earned run was extended to four.  Seton Hall scored in the second inning to take a brief 1-0 lead after the Rams committed one of their three errors in the game.  The Pirates are 10-11 overall.

Nevada 10, Northern Colorado 6 -- The Wolf Pack completed a 4-0 weekend with a comeback win over the Bears at the Nevada Classic in Reno.  After giving up a 4-run top of the fifth inning and finding themselves facing a 3-run deficit, the Wolf Pack scored seven runs over the next two innings for the win.  Ashley Butera's 2-run home run in the bottom of the fifth pulled Nevada into a tie, and the Pack offense took control.  Karley Hopkins and Sara Parsons combined for six hits and seven RBI, and Nevada had 13 hits to 10 for the Bears.  Karlyn Jones saw her scoreless innings streak end in this one after relieving Bailey Brewer in the top of the fifth, but picked up the victory.  Nevada won its seventh straight game to move to 17-12 on the year.  The Pack's winning streak is their longest since a 12-game winning streak during the 2009 season, the last time they reached the NCAA Tournament.  Northern Colorado, losers of 10 of its last 12 games, is now 9-18-1.

Boise State 6, Portland State 2 -- The Broncos scored all six of their runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to erase a deficit and defeat the Vikings at the SpringHill Suites Invitational in Boise.  Portland State committed a pair of errors in the sixth inning and Boise State took advantage of two hit batters, and also had four singles in the frame to break the game open.  Lela Work earned the pitching win, striking out five, walking none, and scattering six hits.  Devon Bridges led the Broncos with a pair of hits.  Portland State saw its record fall to 7-20.

St. Mary's 3, Fresno State 2 -- The Bulldogs picked up arguably their most disappointing loss of the season, committing three crucial errors in a disheartening setback to St. Mary's at the Capital Classic in Sacramento.  Coach Trisha Ford made some major tweaks to the lineup, with senior Diane Runge batting leadoff for the first time in her career, Brenna Moss pushed to third after batting first all season, Kapri Angotti moving up from ninth to second in the batting order, Kelly Megee getting her first start at first base, and leading home run hitter Stesha Brazil not starting for the first time in 89 career games at Fresno State.  The Bulldogs' three errors proved costly, especially when two came in the fourth and directly led to all three St. Mary's runs, which were unearned.  Fresno State scored two in the bottom of the fourth on three Gaels miscues.  The Bulldogs looked like they might get it going in the seventh, loading the bases with one out when Megee and Vonnie Martin singled, and pinch hitter Bria Kennedy walked.  Runge hit into a force at home, and Angotti grounded out on one pitch to leave them loaded as the game ended.  Making things worse, Fresno State had already beaten St. Mary's easily twice this season -- last week in an 8-0 run-rule affair, and earlier this season when Jill Compton no-hit the Gaels.  Freshman Taylor Langdon got the tough-luck loss, tossing a 3-hitter and allowing no earned runs as the Bulldogs' defense had an off day.  St. Mary's entered the day just 6-17 on the season, while Fresno State (17-13) lost its second straight after beginning the tourney 2-0.  It was just the second time this year the Bulldogs lost a game when they out-hit their opponent.

Boise State 8, Idaho State 7 -- The Broncos lost a 3-run lead and then rallied from two runs down to nip the Bengals in Boise.  Lela Work won for the second consecutive game and ISU was forced to use four different pitchers in a wild contest that featured 22 hits and a more than 20-minute delay due to an injury that occurred in the Bengals' dugout.  Four Boise State batters had multiple-hit games and the Broncos hit three home runs.  BSU moved to 13-15, while Idaho State fell to 9-14 on a day when action didn't conclude until around 7:30 p.m. local time Sunday evening.