Sunday, February 9, 2014

Sunday's results wrap up the weekend

The weekend is complete, and four teams (Colorado State, Fresno State, Nevada and San Diego State) all posted wins over squads that advanced to the 2013 NCAA Tournament.  From a rankings standpoint, Fresno State notched the biggest win -- a 1-0 shutout of defending ACC champion North Carolina State, which entered the week at No. 27 in the ESPN/USA Softball poll, just outside the Top 25.  The MW picked up four wins over the Pac-12, with all four victories coming over Utah and Oregon State.  The victors over the Beavers and Utes:  Colorado State beat both, while San Diego State beat the Beavers and Boise State beat Utah.  The MW finished 0-8 versus the Top 25, with Fresno State narrowly missing a win over No. 8 Oregon, falling 10-9 in eight innings on the international tiebreak rule.

Fresno State, San Diego State and San Jose State went a combined 13-0 versus unranked opponents.  The combined three losses came against 7th-ranked Oregon, 8th-ranked Arizona State, and 22nd-ranked Stanford.

Sunday's results were as follows:

San Jose State 8, Bradley 4 - The Spartans rallied again, scoring all eight of their runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to rally past the Braves.  SJSU improved to 6-0 and is off to its best start since 1991. 

No. 7 Arizona State 7, Fresno State 0 - The host Sun Devils (6-0) took advantage of a shaky Fresno State defense early, and Dallas Escobedo looked 100% worthy of her All-American status in ASU's win in Tempe.  Fresno State had only two hits against Escobedo, but the Bulldogs did avoid a run-rule loss.  Arizona State had run-ruled its last three opponents (New Mexico, NC State and Penn State) prior to meeting the Bulldogs.

Nevada 10, East Carolina 0 (5 innings) - A day after they were run-ruled by Utah State, East Carolina took it on the chin against another Mountain West team in Nevada.  The Wolf Pack took advantage of five ECU (2-3) errors, and Karley Hopkins' three hits (including a double) led the way.

Colorado State 11, Utah 5 - A key, 2-out error by the Utes opened the floodgates and the Rams hit three late home runs to rally from a 3-run deficit.  Utah was up 5-4 in the fifth inning when a 2-out error allowed CSU to take its first lead.  Shae Rodriguez followed with a 3-run home run and the Rams sent Utah (2-3) home with its second loss to a Mountain West team in Tempe.

No. 8 Oregon 9, Boise State 0 (5 innings) - The Broncos suffered their fourth straight loss and second run-rule loss in a row.  After beginning the season with a 6-1 victory over Utah, Boise State was outscored 32-3 the remainder of the weekend against four quality opponents in Creighton, NC State, Northwestern and Oregon (4-1).

Nevada 9, Utah Valley 0 - Megan Dortch tossed a 1-hitter as the Wolf Pack completed a 4-1 weekend with a win over the Thunderbirds (0-6) in St. George.  Dortch struck out seven and walked four.

Cal State Northridge 4, Colorado State 2 - The Rams ended the weekend with a surprising loss to the Matadors in Tempe after four consecutive wins to begin the season.

Utah State 6, Nebraska-Omaha 0 - Noelle Johnson pitched a complete-game 2-hitter and struck out 16 to defeat the Mavericks in St. George, Utah.  The Aggies finished the weekend with a 4-2 record.  Last year, when it won just 11 games, Utah State didn't pick up its fourth win until March 16.

San Diego 8, UNLV 4 - In Las Vegas, the host Rebels lost in the Sportco Kick-Off to the Toreros.  USD built a 7-run lead and UNLV came to life with three runs in the bottom of the sixth, but that was it.  The Rebels finished 1-4 in their home tourney to begin the season.