Thursday, February 20, 2014

Palm Springs weekend underway for 5 MW teams

Five Mountain West teams are in action in the nation's best regular-season college softball tournament this weekend in Palm Springs.  Three begin Thursday, with UNLV, Boise State and San Diego State seeing action.  Then Friday, Fresno State and New Mexico take the field in Palm Springs as well, with the Bulldogs set to face three Top 25-ranked opponents on three consecutive days.

UNLV 5, No. 25 Texas 4 -- The Rebels battered Longhorns pitching with 14 hits, including a 3-for-4 performance from Stefany Valentino to knock off 25th-ranked Texas.  Amanda Oliveto gave up only five hits in the complete-game win.

Boise State 10, Oregon State 2 (5 innings)  -- Boise State became the third Mountain West team already this season to defeat a reeling Beavers squad.  Ashley Palmer had four hits and Devon Bridges smacked a home run, while Rebecca Patton scattered seven hits.  Oregon State lost a sixth straight game and suffered an eighth loss in its last nine outings (and the Beavers were run-ruled a second time later Thursday for their 7th straight loss).

Oklahoma 9, Boise State 1 (5 innings) -- The Broncos got a solo home run from Tara Glover in the fourth inning for their only hit and run of the game in a run-rule loss to the defending national champions.  OU, which has already lost as many games in the last two weeks as it did all of last season, got a pair of grand slam home runs in this one.  Erin Miller and Whitney Ellis both hit grand slams for the Sooners.

San Diego State 5, Fordham 4 -- The Aztecs were out-hit 12 to 7 by the Rams, but held off a late Fordham rally for the win.  Danielle O'Toole got the victory, leaving the game after five innings with a 5-1 lead and then having to re-enter in the seventh when reliever Andi Smith faltered.  Smith gave up two hits in the sixth and three more in the seventh, along with three earned runs, before O'Toole came back in to grab the win.  Patrice Jackson hit a solo homer for the Aztecs.

No. 12 Texas A&M 2, San Diego State 1 -- Katie Marks allowed only three hits in A&M's win over the Aztecs.  SDSU was being no-hit until Leia Ruiz led off the sixth with a single and finished with three hits in the game.  After Dominique Dinner hit an RBI double to pull the Aztecs within a run in the sixth, SDSU left runners stranded at second and third base in both the sixth and seventh innings.  O'Toole went the distance, giving up six hits.

Hawaii 11, San Jose State 9 -- In a wild game, Hawaii scored the game's first nine runs, then watched the Spartans rally for nine straight runs of its own.  Jessica Garcia was the hitting star with a 3-run home run and grand slam in her first two at-bats.  Hawaii pitchers walked 11 Spartans batters in the contest, but SJSU pitchers allowed five home runs.