Sunday, April 7, 2013

Wolf Pack, Bulldogs, Broncos refuse to be swept

It was a strange day all around Mountain West softball Sunday.  A big streak came to an end, and every team that won Friday and Saturday ended up on the losing side today.

San Diego State saw its school-record tying win streak come to a halt, and both UNLV and New Mexico also failed to record sweeps.  Nevada, Fresno State and Boise State all won Sunday after losing the first two games of their series.

Nevada 4, San Diego State 2 -- In Reno, the Wolf Pack scored three times in the bottom of the sixth and snapped SDSU's 13-game winning streak.  Nevada's win also knocked the Aztecs down a notch in the MW standings as Colorado State (3-0) is the last unbeaten.  Megan Dortch picked up the win, while Rebecca Arbino took the loss.  Each team finished with six hits in the game.

Fresno State 6, UNLV 4 -- In Las Vegas, Amanda Oliveto was staked to a 4-run lead, but Fresno State used the long ball to score six unanswered runs and win in dramatic fashion.  In the top of the third, Michelle Solomon blasted her second grand slam of the season to pull the Bulldogs into a 4-4 tie and the game stayed that way until seventh.  Stesha Brazil hit her eighth homer of the year -- a 2-run shot to left -- with two outs in the seventh for the game-winning runs.  Freshman Hannah Harris (7-4) got the win with 5 1/3 innings of scoreless, 2-hit relief.  Freshman Paige Gumz extended her hitting streak to 10 games.

Boise State 13, New Mexico 0 (5 innings) -- In Albuquerque, the Broncos put a pair of consecutive, 1-run losses in the series behind them and rolled to a run-rule win over the Lobos.  Rebecca Patton got the victory for Boise State, its first Mountain West win of the season.  Freshman Lauren Soles had a tough afternoon and took the loss.

Texas A&M 10, Colorado State 2 (5 innings) -- In College Station, the Rams were run-ruled for the second time in three days against the Aggies.  Freshman pitcher Holly Reinke got the start and took the loss, giving up eight earned runs in 2 1/3 innings.  Colorado State saw its record fall to .500 (17-17) overall, but the Rams became the only unbeaten team in Mountain West play when San Diego State lost to Nevada.  The Rams travel to Reno next weekend to meet the Wolf Pack.