Friday, April 12, 2013

Rams, Bulldogs, Rebels all post shutout wins

Colorado State senior pitcher Kacie McCarthy, the reigning Mountain West Pitcher of the Year, tossed a one-hitter Friday in the Rams' 10-0 (5 innings) rout of Nevada in Reno.

Nevada struggled in the circle and on defense as the Rams went up early and sailed to the easy win.  The victory kept Colorado State as the only unbeaten team in Mountain West play.  The Rams, who are just 18-17 overall, sit atop the conference standings at 4-0.

Nevada, which committed three costly errors in the game's first 2 2/3 innings, dropped to 2-5 in the conference and 23-19 overall.

McCarthy struck out four, but did walk five in the game.  Nevada used three pitchers in the game's first 2 2/3 innings.  Starter Megan Dortch ran into immediate trouble in the first when CSU pushed three runs across.  Dortch walked three, hit two batters, and gave up five runs (four earned) on four hits in 1 2/3 innings.

Nevada freshman shortstop Megan Sweet committed a pair of errors and the Pack had three early miscues that led to six unearned runs.  That was the ballgame.  Reliever Bailey Brewer gave up five runs (all unearned) on four hits.  She and third pitcher Ariel Craig combined to walk another six in the game as wildness and errors were Nevada's undoing.

Colorado State got a big day offensively from Ashlie Ortega (3-for-3 with two doubles and an RBI), Emily Pohl (a double, two walks and two RBI), Alysa Greckel (a pair of hits and two RBI), and Cassy Mosser (two hits and a pair of runs scored).

Fresno State 5, Boise State 0

Fresno State freshman pitcher Jill Compton tossed a 3-hit shutout to lead the Bulldogs past the Broncos in a series opener at Bulldog Diamond Friday.

Compton, who has struggled lately and won just one of her past six starts entering this series, dominated Boise State in this one.  After starting slow and allowing two hits in the top of the first inning, Compton allowed just one hit (a single) over the final six innings.

The freshman picked up her 10th win of the season with her 14th complete game and third shutout.  Fresno State became the first team to shut out Boise State as a Mountain West member.  The Broncos hadn't been shut out in a regular-season conference game since April 2, 2010.  Fresno State was the last team to do it, shutting out Boise State when both were WAC members in another 5-0 game.

The Broncos were their own worst enemy in this one, committing four costly errors that led to four unearned runs.  With Fresno State struggling to score of late, the Bulldogs happily took everything they were given by a Boise State team that fell apart early in this one.

Fresno State scored two in the second and added three more in the third against starter Rebecca Patton.  In the third inning, the Bulldogs took advantage of a pair of Boise State errors, including one by Patton herself on a wild throw down the line.  While Fresno State had three hits in the frame, runs scored on a wild pitch by Patton and a fielder's choice where Stesha Brazil slid under the tag.

Vonnie Martin, who doubled, and Brenna Moss both had two hits and an RBI to lead the Bulldogs' 8-hit attack.  Freshman Paige Gumz, who hit an RBI double, has hit safely in 11 of the last 12 games.

Fresno State improved to 13-3 at home, moved within a game and a half of first place, and has not allowed an earned run in three straight Mountain West home games.  Bulldog pitchers also have not allowed an earned run in four of their past five home contests.

UNLV 8, New Mexico 0 (6 innings)

UNLV junior pitcher Amanda Oliveto allowed only four hits as the Rebels knocked off the Lobos in Las Vegas in six innings.

New Mexico has now lost 15 of its past 16 Mountain West road games as its struggles continued.  UNLV, meanwhile, has won three of its last four conference games -- all at home -- after starting league play 0-3.

Oliveto, who's had problems with wildness in an otherwise impressive season, walked just one and struck out two.  New Mexico freshman Lauren Soles continued to have difficulty with illegal pitch calls, which have gone against her in several games this year.

Both UNLV runs in the first inning came when Soles was called for illegal pitches.  Stefany Valentino, who singled, and Tayler Van Acker, who reached on an error, scored back to back runs on illegal pitch calls that went against the freshman left-hander.

Valentino and Van Acker's two hits apiece led the Rebels, while Emily Haslinger hit a solo homer and Pauline Monreal added a double and three RBI.  Oliveto improved to 14-11 on the year and entered the game with an 8.72 ERA in Mountain West play.