Saturday, May 11, 2013

2013 regular season comes to an end Saturday

All seven teams were in action Saturday as the 2013 regular season came to a close.  San Diego State and Colorado State completed 3-game sweeps in conference play, while Boise State won its final series of the season over Nevada.  UNLV and New Mexico experienced a winless weekend, while Fresno State saw its season come to a disappointing end when it was swept at Long Beach State.

San Diego State 2, UNLV 1 -- Patrice Jackson hit an RBI single in the first and Kamerin May added another in the third as the Aztecs swept the Rebels in San Diego. Rebecca Arbino scattered six hits to grab the win, while Amanda Oliveto gave up seven in the loss.  Heather Harrison's RBI single in the sixth accounted for UNLV's lone run.  San Diego State finished 13-5 in Mountain West play with a second straight regular season title.  The Aztecs, who finished two games ahead of second-place Fresno State and Colorado State, will learn their NCAA Tournament matchup Sunday at 7 pm PT on ESPNU.  The Rebels finish the year alone in sixth place in the conference at 7-11.

Boise State 7, Nevada 6 -- Both teams finished tied for fourth in the Mountain West at 9-9 after the Broncos won the series two games to one in Boise.  Kenzie Cole got the win and senior Lela Work picked up the 12th save of her career in her final game as a Bronco.  Karlyn Jones took the loss for Nevada.  Boise State hit five home runs in the game from five different players.  Work and fellow senior Holly Bourke both went deep, along with Devon Bridges, Brittany McCray and Jordan Kreiger.  Senior Lauren Lastrapes hit a home run for Nevada in her final collegiate game.

Colorado State 10, New Mexico 5 -- The Rams swept the series from struggling New Mexico, sending the Lobos to a 10th consecutive loss in Mountain West play to end the season.  Colorado State, which was predicted to finish second in the conference in the preseason coaches poll, ended the year in a tie for second alongside Fresno State.  UNM, predicted to finish fifth in the preseason by Mountain West coaches and last in our preview here at the blog, finished last.  Kaela DeBroeck took the loss in her final career start for the Lobos.  Colorado State freshman Holly Reinke got the win.  Shae Rodriguez hit two home runs and had five RBI for CSU.  Cassandra Kalapsa hit a homer and had three RBI for the Lobos.  Danielle Wikre and Ashlie Ortega also hit round-trippers for the Rams, who finished 25-24 overall.

Long Beach State 4, Fresno State 3 -- Jill Compton saw her scoreless innings streak end at 23 after entering in relief as Long Beach State came from behind for a win at home over the Bulldogs.  Fresno State was up 2-1 in the fourth after freshman Hannah Harris went the first three innings.  Compton lost the lead in the fifth when she allowed three hits, including a 2-run home run as Long Beach State won its sixth straight game.  Vonnie Martin homered for the Bulldogs against two-time reigning Big West Pitcher of the Week Erin Jones-Wesley, who earned the win.  Martin extended her conference-best hitting streak to 14 games, while Brenna Moss hit her NCAA-leading ninth triple and stole her MW-leading 33rd base of the season. 

Long Beach State 3, Fresno State 2 -- In a near carbon copy of the day's first game, Jill Compton took a second straight loss and allowed a 3-run home run as Long Beach State beat the Bulldogs for a third time this season and swept the doubleheader.  Fresno State hit two home runs of its own with Stesha Brazil putting the Bulldogs up early with her 10th, and Michelle Solomon belting one in the sixth.  The 49ers' home run came in the fourth, immediately following a Bulldog infield error with Fresno State up 1-0.  Trailing by a run in their final inning of the season, the Bulldogs went quietly as Amanda Hansen retired the side in order for the first time in the game.  It was a record-setting day, both in a good and not so great way.  Brenna Moss stole her 34th base of the year and the Bulldogs tied a Mountain West single-season record with 87 steals.  The defeat, however, tied a dubious school mark.  Fresno State joined the 1993 Bulldogs squad with 24 losses in a single season, most in the school's softball history.  That '93 team, however, played eight more games than this year's team and advanced to the NCAA Tournament where it won a game and went 1-2.  The 2013 team also finished the season with 21 losses away from home, winning just 12 of 33 contests away from Bulldog Diamond.  No previous Fresno State softball team had lost more than 15 road and neutral-site contests in a single season.