Thursday, February 27, 2014

Rainy San Diego Classic begins

Thursday is day one of the San Diego Classic I, and if the weather forecasters are correct, it could be the only day games are played.  With heavy rains predicted for Friday and Saturday, it's unknown how many games will be played those days.  And if it's bad enough, it could make the field unplayable Sunday.  While host SDSU was set to play two games Thursday, the real hurt could come for Colorado State, Fresno State and Utah State, all of whom are scheduled to play five games in San Diego over the weekend.

Meanwhile, Nevada is in Long Beach, which is supposed to see rainy conditions as well.  UNLV hosts a home tourney with showers in the forecast, while Boise State is in Moraga at the St. Mary's tournament with ... wait for it ... showers and wet field conditions forecast at least through Saturday.  Finally, San Jose State heads to the Libby Matson Classic in Stockton this weekend and, well, you know.

We may have just found the cure for the worst drought in California history:  plan a softball tournament and it's sure to begin raining.

Thursday's Mountain West results

San Diego State 2, BYU 0 -- Sophomore pitcher Danielle O'Toole scattered five hits and struck out eight in a shutout win over the Cougars (7-10).  The Aztecs out-hit BYU seven to five, and both teams left eight runners on base.

No. 2 Tennessee 3, San Diego State 1 -- Not many teams in the country get the chance to host the Lady Vols in a non-conference game, but the Aztecs did on Thursday, but couldn't take advantage.  Ellen Renfroe picked up her second win over a Mountain West team in five days, holding SDSU to four hits in a complete-game victory. 

UC Santa Barbara 6, Nevada 4 -- The Gauchos (12-4) came from behind with a 4-run seventh inning to defeat the Wolf Pack in Long Beach.  Nevada trailed 2-1 entering the bottom of the sixth inning before scoring three times to take a 4-2 lead entering the final inning of play.

Long Beach State 4, Nevada 0 -- Pitcher Erin Jones-Wesley allowed three singles and that was all in a shutout of the Wolf Pack.  Nevada committed three errors, leading to a pair of unearned runs.  The 49ers (10-6) had nine hits against Megan Dorth, who went the distance.