Sunday, March 30, 2014

Fresno State, Colorado State, Nevada post sweeps


The Mountain West softball weekend concluded with five games being played Sunday.  Fresno State completed a 3-game sweep of a Utah State team that just two days ago was unbeaten in conference play and in first place.  Colorado State, which was swept by Utah State last weekend, rebounded to sweep Boise StateNevada, which entered the week 0-3, completed a 3-game sweep of New Mexico.  And San Jose State, after falling Friday, came back to win twice over UNLV Sunday, to knock the Rebels out of sole possession of first place in the Mountain West.

Fresno State 4, Utah State 3 - The Bulldogs overcame some early base running mistakes with a walk-off win over the Aggies.  Utah State was three outs away from its first win over Fresno State in 21 tries, but failed to close the deal in the bottom of the seventh.  Trailing 3-2, Bulldogs shortstop Brooke Ortiz tripled to begin the inning, and tied the game on a sacrifice fly by Michelle Solomon.  Stesha Brazil then walked and advanced to third on a double by Vonnie Martin.  Sophomore second baseman Whitney Smith then delivered the game-winning single down the line in right field as Fresno State won its 21st consecutive game over Utah State in a lopsided all-time series controlled by the Bulldogs.  Fresno State hurt itself with base running issues early, and left runners stranded in scoring position in five of the first six innings before an impressive late rally.  Jill Compton got the win in relief of Hannah Harris, tossing four innings and allowing just one hit.  That hit, though, came in the seventh with Jo Koons gave Utah State a short-lived 3-2 lead on an RBI triple that followed a walk.  Fresno State out-hit the Aggies 11 to seven, and all nine Bulldog starters had hits.  Ortiz and Kelly Megee had two apiece.

San Jose State 14-4, UNLV 4-2 - Only eight days after Fresno State set a Mountain West record with 13 runs in a single inning, the Spartans tied the mark in a 14-4 (five innings) win over UNLV.  In a game that resumed from Saturday in the fourth inning tied at 1-1, the Spartans came ready to play.  San Jose State scored 13 runs on 12 hits in the fourth inning to break the tie and cruise to the easy win.  In the nightcap, the Spartans scored the first four runs of the game and held off the Rebels to win the series two games to one.  Amanda Oliveto took the loss in game two as UNLV committed four errors.  Devin Caldwell had a pair of hits for San Jose State in game three. 

Nevada 3, New Mexico 1 - In Reno, the host Wolf Pack completed the sweep as Megan Dortch allowed four hits in the win.  The tough-luck losing pitcher was New Mexico's Lisa Rodrigues, who went the distance and allowed only one hit.  Nevada scored all the runs it would need in the first inning without getting a hit.  A walk, New Mexico error, hit-by-pitch, illegal pitch call and a wild pitch spelled trouble for UNM and aided the home-standing Wolf Pack.  Rodrigues was pitching a no-hitter until two outs in the sixth when Jasmine Jenkins' RBI single represented Nevada's first and only hit of the day.  Jenkins' hit scored Ashley Butera, who walked.  Rodrigues gave up a pair of walks in the inning and uncorked a wild pitch as well.  Nevada had six players reach base via the walk, which has been a problem for UNM pitchers in conference play.

Colorado State 12, Boise State 4 (6 innings) - In Fort Collins, the Rams rebounded for a series sweep over the Broncos just a week after they were swept themselves in three games at Utah State.  Rebecca Patton got the start for Boise State for the fourth consecutive time in conference play, and struggled.  In her sixth appearance in six Mountain West games, she allowed seven runs (six earned) in only two innings.  The big blow was a grand slam off the bat of CSU's Shae Rodriguez, who finished with five RBI.  Chelsea O'Connor had three hits and three RBI, and was the only Rams player with more than one hit in the game.  CSU finished with nine hits.  Holly Reinke allowed six hits and four earned runs to pick up the win, going the distance.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Bulldogs win their 20th straight vs. Utah State

Just two games were officially played in the Mountain West on Saturday as weather played an issue.  Both Fresno State and Colorado State picked up series victories by winning for the second day in a row.  San Jose State and UNLV were in a 1-1 tie in the top of the fourth inning when their game was suspended by rain.  It will resume Sunday at 11 am in San Jose.

Fresno State 8, Utah State 0 (5 innings) - It was more of the same for Fresno State, which dominated Utah State in a run-rule rout at Bulldog Diamond.  Sophomore Hannah Harris improved to 2-0 in Mountain West play with a 2-hit shutout.  It was the Bulldogs' second consecutive shutout of the Aggies, who entered the series unbeaten and in first place in the conference standings.  Fresno State won for the 20th straight time in this series against the Aggies, including 19 consecutive wins since the start of the 2007 season.  Aggies starting pitcher Noelle Johnson, who had an 8-game personal win streak end Friday in a 6-0 loss to the Bulldogs, ran into trouble again.  Johnson lasted four innings and has now allowed 19 hits and 12 runs to the Bulldogs after going 3-0 a week ago to earn MW Pitcher of the Week honors.  The first four batters in the Fresno State lineup combined for six hits, four RBI and four runs scored.  All nine Bulldog starters reached base safely, with Brooke Ortiz and Stesha Brazil getting a pair of hits each.  Whitney Smith had a 2-run double in the fifth inning to invoke the run rule, and the Bulldogs stole four bases to give them 11 steals in the first two games of the series.

Colorado State 10, Boise State 6 - The Rams rallied from a 3-run deficit, scoring eight of the game's final nine runs to take game two of the series in Fort Collins.  Haley Hutton went 3-for-3 with a pair of RBI as the Rams came back from deficits of 3-0 and 5-2.  Boise State out-hit Colorado State 12 to 11, but the Broncos stranded 12 base runners in the game.  Three Broncos errors led to four unearned runs for the Rams.  Freshman pitcher Larisa Petakoff got the win for CSU - her first in Mountain West play - by allowing one run over the game's final 4 2/3 innings.  She scattered seven hits as Boise State threatened to score several times.  The Broncos left the bases loaded three times in a four inning stretch of the contest.

Friday, March 28, 2014

UNLV now 4-0; Fresno State shuts out Aggies

The second full weekend of Mountain West action began Friday.  UNLV remained perfect with a dramatic road win at San Jose State, Fresno State handed Utah State its first Mountain West loss of the season, Nevada won twice, and Colorado State captured its first conference win.

UNLV 6, San Jose State 4 (12 innings) - The Rebels were down to their last strike and trailing 4-2 in the seventh inning before rallying in San Jose.  The win kept UNLV unbeaten (4-0) in conference play, while San Jose State lost its Mountain West opener.  Amanda Oliveto went the distance, striking out nine and scattering nine hits.  In the seventh, San Jose State got two quick outs and seemed headed for the 4-2 win before the Rebels got singles from Samantha Juarez and Stefany Valentino.  Pauline Monreal, facing an 0-2 count, hit a 2-run double to tie the score and send it to extras.  In the 12th, UNLV got four hits and took advantage of a Spartans error and wild pitch to win it.

Fresno State 6, Utah State 0 - At Bulldog Diamond, pitcher Jill Compton held the Aggies to just three hits in a complete-game shutout and Fresno State knocked Utah State out of first place.  Against reigning conference pitcher of the week Noelle Johnson, it was Compton who was the lights-out thrower on this night.  She retired the final 13 batters she faced and did not allow a base runner after the third inning.  Fresno State, meanwhile, banged out 12 hits against Johnson, with Brenna Moss getting three hits to go along with a couple of nice defensive plays.  Michelle Solomon, Stesha Brazil, and freshman Kierra Willis had two hits each for the Bulldogs, who are now 18-0 vs. Utah State since the 2007 season.  It was Compton's fifth complete-game shutout of the season.

Colorado State 6, Boise State 4 - In Fort Collins, the Rams rallied for five runs with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning en route to a win over the Broncos.  Colorado State trailed 3-1 with two outs in the sixth to hand Boise State pitcher Rebecca Patton her first loss in Mountain West play.  Chelsea O'Connor had a pair of RBI and Shae Rodriguez had two hits as CSU edged Boise State seven to six in hits for the game.  Holly Reinke scattered six hits for the complete-game win for the Rams.

Nevada 13-8, New Mexico 5-0 - The host Wolf Pack won a pair of run-rule decisions over the Lobos in five and six innings, respectively.  In the nightcap, pitcher Megan Dortch threw a 6-inning no-hitter after entering Friday with an 0-2 record in MW play and a 21.00 ERA.  Erin Jones was the hitting star of game two with six RBI, including a 3-run home run and a 2-run double that invoked the run rule.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Fresno State to dedicate Margie Wright Diamond

After formal approval Tuesday from the California State University Committee on Advancement during a CSU Board of Trustees meeting, Fresno State president Dr. Joseph I. Castro made it official:  The on-campus home of the Bulldog softball program will change its name to Margie Wright Diamond.

On Sat., May 3rd, when Fresno State hosts Colorado State, a formal ceremony will be held, changing the name from Bulldog Diamond to honor Wright, the winningest head coach in Fresno State and NCAA Division I softball history. 

Wright guided the Bulldogs for 27 years, taking them to 26 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, 10 trips to the Women's College World Series, three 5th place national finishes, three 3rd place national finishes, four berths in the NCAA championship game and one NCAA crown.  After finishing as the national runners-up three times, Wright and the Bulldogs won the NCAA softball championship in 1998 in Oklahoma City, defeating Coach Mike Candrea and Arizona.

In the '98 NCAA softball championship game, Fresno State defeated then-No. 1 ranked powerhouse Arizona in a 1-0 thriller, snapping the Wildcats' 29-game winning streak in the process.  Wright's career as the Bulldogs head coach ended when she retired at the conclusion of the 2012 season.  Under her guidance, Fresno State earned 1,294 wins, a .742 winning percentage, 17 conference titles, and had more than 50 softball players earn All-American honors.

Fresno State was ranked in the nation's Top 25 polls at some point in all 27 years Wright coached the Bulldogs.  During one stretch, the Bulldogs were ranked for a then-NCAA record 178 consecutive polls, including 154 times in the nation's Top 10.  During her tenure, Bulldog Diamond expanded into one of the nation's premier facilities, with full chairback seating -- something that was unheard of in the mid-1990s in the sport of softball.

Bulldog Diamond led the nation in attendance 13 different years during Wright's career.  It still holds the NCAA record for largest regular-season, on-campus crowd, set in 2000 when Fresno State drew 5,724 fans to watch the Bulldogs face Arizona.  Bulldog Diamond is also home to the largest single-season attendance record, which still stands today.  Fresno State drew 55,746 fans in 1999, the year following the school's national title.

Aggies, Rams fall in non-conference play Tuesday

There were a pair of non-conference games Tuesday involving Mountain West teams, and neither one turned out all that well.  Utah State and Colorado State both suffered losses to struggling teams with poor records.  The Aggies saw their 8-game winning streak come to an end in a 4-1 loss to Southern Utah in a game played at a neutral site in Provo.  The Thunderbirds had been 2-7 vs. the Mountain West prior to knocking off Utah State.  In Greeley, it was host Northern Colorado taking advantage of CSU miscues in a come-from-behind, 9-8 win.  Colorado State led 5-0 at one point in the contest before seeing the Bears rally very late.  Down to their last out, UNC scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh.  Two Rams errors played a key role, including the game-deciding one on a play that would have ended the game.  It allowed Northern Colorado to score the tying and winning runs with two outs in the bottom of the seventh.  CSU, which was off to the best start in school history just a few days ago, has now lost four in a row.  Southern Utah is 10-17, and Northern Colorado is 9-24.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Good news for Aztecs, Bulldogs in initial RPI

The initial Ratings Percentage Index of the season was released today, and it holds great news for San Diego State and Fresno State, and some very good news for Mountain West softball overall.

Both the Aztecs and Bulldogs rank in the RPI Top 50, an important factor in selecting the 64-team NCAA Tournament field.  And after three Mountain West teams ranked in the Top 100 of last year's initial RPI release, that figure has doubled to six this time around.

This is the first time in the history of Mountain West softball that six teams rank in the RPI Top 100.

San Diego State (24-9) is 34th to lead the conference.  The Aztecs have non-conference wins over the likes of Long Beach State (RPI 39), Cal State Fullerton (RPI 46), and Oklahoma State (RPI 49).

Fresno State (16-12) doesn't come close to the lofty record of the Aztecs, but the Bulldogs played an overall more difficult non-conference schedule and also have the Mountain West's top three wins in terms of RPI.  Fresno State has victories this year over Top 10 Nebraska (RPI 9), Top 20 Washington (RPI 19), and Top 30 NC State (RPI 29).

Both the Aztecs and Bulldogs have improved their RPIs from last season's initial release.  SDSU is up seven spots from No. 41 to 34.  The Bulldogs' jump has been a tremendous, 55-spot leap from No. 104 last year to this season's 49.  One historical note:  No Fresno State team that finished a season ranked in the RPI Top 50 has ever missed the NCAA Tournament.  The Bulldogs' task will be to stay there.

The third-best RPI belongs to MW newcomer San Jose State, which debuts at No. 64.  When they reached the NCAA Tournament last season as a member of the Western Athletic Conference, SJSU had a final RPI of 57.

Two Mountain West teams check in back-to-back in the RPI.  UNLV is 82nd, followed by Colorado State at No. 83.  A much stronger schedule allows the Rebels, with a losing record of 13-18, to rank ahead of the 15-8 Rams.

The sixth MW team in the RPI Top 100 is Boise State, which comes in at No. 99.  Rounding out the conference are Utah State (RPI 125), New Mexico (RPI 142) and Nevada (152).  The Wolf Pack went 18-10 in non-conference play, but have just one victory against a team that currently has a winning overall record.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Bulldogs shatter records in 24-4 romp at Boise State

It was a record-setting day for Fresno State, which established numerous school and conference records in a 24-4 win on the road at Boise State.  The game between the Broncos and Bulldogs was the only one that had a different winner than Friday, as San Diego State, UNLV and Utah State all won again.

Fresno State's 24 runs were the most ever scored by a Mountain West team in any game in history, whether a conference game or not.  The 24 runs also established a new school record (old record was 21, set in 1978), and the Bulldogs' 13 runs in the first inning were a new school and Mountain West single-inning record as well.

Trisha Ford's squad also shattered the school RBI record with 22 (old record, 16) with the five inning romp.  The 24 runs scored broke both the Mountain West overall record of 22, set by BYU vs. Utah Valley (2008) and tied by Utah (vs. Hampton) in 2011.  The previous record in a conference game was 21 runs, originally set by Colorado State.

After scoring just two runs in a 10-inning loss to the Broncos on Friday, Fresno State came out on fire Saturday.  Against freshman pitcher Mackenzie McGill, the Bulldogs sent 16 batters to the plate in the first inning.  McGill failed to record an out and was pulled after the first eight Bulldogs all reached base safely.

Rebecca Patton, who won Friday's game, took over for McGill and didn't fare much better.  After Patton allowed four hits and five earned runs of her own in the first inning, she was pulled with the Broncos trailing 13-0.  At that point, McGill re-entered, and ended up with a line that would read like this:  19 earned runs given up in three innings of work, along with six walks and 12 hits allowed.

And the Bulldogs' hits were big ones.  Vonnie Martin's first inning grand slam set the tone for the day, while Brenna Moss had a pair of hits in the first inning alone.  Paige Gumz, Stesha Brazil and Kelly Megee all went deep with home runs.  Michelle Solomon had a double and triple, and every Bulldog in the starting lineup finished with both hits and runs scored.

For the game, Martin and Megee finished with four RBI.  Moss had four hits and scored four runs.  Brazil, Solomon and Gumz all had three RBI.  Kapri Angotti and Brooke Ortiz both had two RBI as Fresno State pounded out a season-high 17 hits, seven of which went for extra bases.

The 24 runs were not only the most the Bulldogs had ever scored, but the most ever allowed by Boise State.  The 13 runs in the top of the first inning were the most given up by the Broncos in a single inning as well.  Hannah Harris got the complete-game win for Fresno State, scattering nine hits, walking only three, and -- most importantly -- keeping her composure and concentration intact in a game where she sat in the dugout for half innings that sometimes took more than 30 minutes.

Utah State 5, Colorado State 4 -- The Aggies ran their winning streak to seven, notching a series win over the Rams with their second straight victory over Colorado State in Logan.  Noelle Johnson came on relief in the fourth inning and picked up the win, her second in a row over CSU.  Johnson gave up four hits and an unearned run as the Aggies rallied from two runs down.  Hailey Froton had two hits and four RBI, while Sydney Hart had three singles for USU. 

San Diego State 11, New Mexico 3 -- After taking advantage of 14 walks on Friday, the Aztecs were at it again Saturday in Albuquerque, rolling over the host Lobos.  New Mexico's trio of pitchers walked 11 more Aztecs today, and four of those batters ended up scoring.  Patrice Jackson hit her Mountain West-leading 12th home run of the season, and Kayla Jordan and Kaitlin Connors went deep as well.  Erica Romero picked up the win, scattering 10 New Mexico hits.  Despite the lopsided score, UNM was only out-hit 12 to 10.

UNLV 7, Nevada 4 -- The host Rebels came back from a 3-run deficit to defeat their rivals from the north and secure a series win in Las Vegas.  Megan Dortch, who took the loss for the Wolf Pack on Friday, started and took the loss for a second day in a row.  Nevada took a 4-1 lead by pushing four runs across in the top of the second, but from that point it was all Rebels.  Pauline Monreal had a home run and three RBI for UNLV, while Pack third baseman Jasmine Jenkins had to leave the game in the third due to an injury. 

Friday, March 21, 2014

Wild games on day one of MW play

Home teams won extra-inning thrillers, a wild late meltdown took place, and one team flexed its muscles for seven runs in one inning to highlight opening day of Mountain West play.

Boise State 3, Fresno State 2 (10 innings) -  In Boise, the home team won a thrilling, 10-inning affair.  The Broncos scored on a squeeze play in the 10th after both teams blew scoring chances late in this one.  Fresno State had a 2-0 lead at one point and loaded the bases in the seventh with one out and the top of its lineup coming to bat, but failed to score.  Jill Compton and Rebecca Patton went the distance, with both throwing over 150 pitches.  Fresno State lost its conference opening game for the first time in 11 years, while also losing for the fourth straight time in Boise, dating back to the 2011 season when the two were WAC members.

Utah State 1, Colorado State 0 (9 innings) - In a tight, scoreless pitcher's duel between Noelle Johnson and Holly Reinke, it was Johnson who came out on top.  She struck out 14 and matched Reinke with a complete-game 4-hitter.  Paxton Provost delivered the game-winning hit after a CSU error played a role in the ninth inning.  The Rams, off to their best start in a quarter century, saw their 5-game win streak snapped.  Utah State, which lost its first six games in WAC play a year ago, won its sixth straight game overall.

San Diego State 11, New Mexico 9 - It may have been opening day of conference play, but there may not be a wilder game this season.  San Diego State was just one strike away from losing in the seventh inning before rallying against a New Mexico team that struggled to find the strike zone all game long.  UNM pitchers issued a staggering 14 walks, including three in a row in the seventh when the Aztecs had to rally from an 8-6 deficit.  Danielle O'Toole got the win despite allowing a career-high eight earned runs.  The win was the 600th for coach Kathy Van Wyk.

UNLV 13, Nevada 1 (5 innings) - UNLV scored seven times in the bottom of the first inning to storm to a huge lead against the Wolf Pack, and never looked back in a rout in Las Vegas.  Amanda Oliveto got the win, while Nevada's Megan Dortch struggled in the loss.  Every Rebels player who had an official at-bat in the contest either scored a run or got a hit. 

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Conference play begins Friday

The bulk of non-conference play is over, and things get real beginning Friday as four Mountain West Conference series begin.  Only MW newcomer San Jose State does not meet a league rival this week.  The Spartans don't begin conference play until March 28 when they host UNLV.

The opening week schedule looks like this:

San Diego State at New Mexico
Fresno State at Boise State
Nevada at UNLV
Colorado State at Utah State

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Fresno State stuns #6 Washington and #14 Nebraska

Fresno State completed perhaps the greatest single-day performance in Mountain West softball history Sunday when two different sophomore Bulldog pitchers threw back to back complete-game shutouts over Top 25 teams.

And these weren't just any Top 25 teams.  These were two squads that advanced to Oklahoma City last season and the Women's College World Series.  And with the victories, it seems Fresno State's relentless non-conference juggernaut of a schedule is finally paying off.

Jill Compton threw a complete-game 4-hitter and Michelle Solomon delivered a run-scoring triple as the Bulldogs beat No. 14 Nebraska 1-0 in Fullerton Sunday morning.  A half hour later, Kiley Shae Aldridge earned her first start of the season and stunned No. 6 Washington in a complete-game, 3-hit shutout by an identical 1-0 score.

After numerous close calls against Top 25 powers this season, the Bulldogs delivered their first two wins over a ranked opponent in nearly two years.  And they did it all in a 4-hour timeframe.  Fresno State had been flirting with monster wins over the past few weeks, taking late leads against then-No. 2 Tennessee and then-No. 10 Oregon, only to fall in their final at-bat.

That wouldn't be the case Sunday.  Compton held Nebraska at bay all game long, and Fresno State scored the only run it needed in the top of the first.  Against Huskers ace Tatum Edwards, it was Brenna Moss leading off the game with a single. After Moss advanced on a groundout by Kapri Angotti, Solomon hit a triple down the right-field line for the game's lone run.

After the Bulldogs gave away games the past two days with seven errors and defensive lapses galore, it was Angotti who came up with the play of the game in left field against the Huskies.  Her spectacular diving catch for the first out of the bottom of the seventh inning likely prevented at least a double and perhaps saved the day.

Nebraska fell to 15-7 on the season with only its second loss of the year to an unranked team.

Compton's incredible pitching performance was matched immediately afterwards by the phenomenal effort of sophomore Kiley Shae Aldridge, making her first start.  Aldridge struck out nine and continually kept Washington off-balance.  Her nine strikeouts were a career high and came against a Huskies team that had been rolling, off to a 19-3 start to the season.

Fresno State scored the game's only run versus the Huskies in the fifth.  With one out, Taylor Green got one of her two hits in the game.  Green moved to second on a key, 2-out, pinch-hit walk by freshman Kierra Willis.  And then it was up to sophomore Whitney Smith, whose clutch RBI single changed the game and gave the Bulldogs the 1-0 lead.

Also Sunday:

San Diego State 13, North Dakota 7 -- The Aztecs broke a 6-all tie midway thru the game, keeping North Dakota winless on the season (0-9).

Indiana 5, Boise State 4 -- The Hoosiers (4-16-1) built a 5-run lead and held off a late comeback by the Broncos in Boise.

UNLV 6, Georgetown 1 -- The Rebels trailed 1-0 in the fifth before tying it on an Emily Haslinger home run, and then added a 5-run seventh inning for the victory over the Hoyas (7-11).

Nevada 6, Seattle 0 -- McKenna Isenberg got the victory and Nikki Orozco came up with three RBI as the Wolf Pack completed a 2-3 home-opening weekend with a victory over the Redhawks (10-15) of the WAC.

UC Riverside 8, Utah State 6 -- The Aggies let a big lead get away, and a grand slam helped ignite a string of eight unanswered runs as the Highlanders (13-11) prevailed in Riverside.

Boise State 7, Valparaiso 0 -- Rebecca Patton got the complete-game shutout victory (her first of the season) in a home win over Valpo (4-13).

Arizona 8, San Jose State 1 -- The No. 7-ranked Wildcats jumped to an 8-0 lead in the fourth inning and cruised to a win over the Spartans (11-11) in Fullerton.

Colorado State 9, Dayton 5 -- Chelsea O'Conner hit a home run and both teams had 10 hits as the Rams got some revenge from an earlier loss to the Flyers (6-12).

Neb.-Omaha 4, Colorado State 0 -- The Rams managed only four hits and were shut out at home by UNO (14-8) to conclude the Colorado State tournament.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Thursday/Friday results

San Diego State traveled to Wichita, KS, for a tourney, while everyone else stayed out west.  Nevada and Boise State opened their home seasons, and Fresno State and San Jose State continued to play strong schedules at the demanding Judi Garman Classic.  New Mexico welcomed Detroit (2-14) for a 3-game series in Albuquerque, while Utah State stayed in Southern California to play in Riverside.  Colorado State's home opener Friday was snowed out.

Thursday and Friday results

San Diego State 11, Wichita State 5 - Aztecs defeat their tourney hosts (8-7).

San Diego State 4, MO-Kansas City 2 - Aztecs hold off the Kangaroos' (5-11) seventh inning comeback attempt.

San Diego State 10, Iowa State 1 (5 innings) - Aztecs scored all of their runs in the final three innings to erase an early deficit against the Cyclones (14-5).

Long Beach State 8, Fresno State 0 (6 innings) - Bulldogs got only two hits vs. 49ers (15-6) ace Erin Jones-Wesley in their first loss of the season vs. an unranked team.

Cal State Fullerton 9, Fresno State 2 - Four early errors doomed the Bulldogs against the Titans (14-7).

Cal State Fullerton 5, San Jose State 2 - The Spartans committed five errors to hand Cal State Fullerton (14-7) the victory.

Long Beach State 3, San Jose State 1 - Erin Jones-Wesley held the Spartans to five hits in a win for Long Beach (15-6).

Nebraska 4, San Jose State 1 - Spartans stranded 11 and committed a pair of errors in losing to the Huskers (13-7).

New Mexico 6, Detroit 5 - Lobos rallied for five runs in the seventh to send Detroit (2-14) to a 14th loss in 16 games.

UNLV 6, Charleston Southern 1 - It was a combined 4-hitter that sent the Rebels to the win over the Buccaneers (10-11-1).

UCLA 8, UNLV 0 (6 innings) - The Bruins improved to 18-1 and held UNLV to three hits.

UC Santa Barbara 6, Nevada 2 - The Pack lost its home opener and its second game to the Gauchos (12-5).

Boise State 3, Indiana 2 - A late rally allowed the Broncos to send the reeling Hoosiers to a staggering 31st loss in their last 34 games (2-31-1).

Idaho State 9, Utah State 4 - The Bengals (11-7) pounded out 15 hits in the win.

UC Riverside 5, Utah State 2 - The Highlanders (12-7) won for the seventh time in their last eight games

Monday, March 3, 2014

Stunner! Lehigh shuts out San Diego State

There was a stunning upset Monday involving a Mountain West softball team, as San Diego State was shut out on its home field by previously-winless Lehigh by a 3-0 score.  In a game that was postponed from Sunday because of rain, the Aztecs were stymied all game long and committed three errors too.  Now 18 games into the season, SDSU (11-7) has won just one time when Danielle O'Toole hasn't pitched in the game.  Andi Smith started, went five innings and took the loss, while Erica Romero came on to pitch two innings of hitless relief.  Lehigh entered the game 0-5 on the season.

Elsewhere, Utah State made up two games that were rained out over the weekend in San Diego.  The Aggies were shut out 5-0 by Ole Miss, but defeated Utah of the Pac-12 by an 8-5 score.  It was Utah State's first win over its in-state rival since the 2008 season.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

The rain just won't go away

Sunday was the same as the rest of the weekend around the Mountain West:  soggy, with rainouts galore.  Only three games were played.  Fresno State and Utah State suffered the most, getting all five of their games rained out in San Diego.  All Sunday games for the Bulldogs, Aggies, Boise State, Colorado State, Nevada and San Diego State were rained out.

Sunday's scores

Idaho State 12, New Mexico 9
Weber State 5, UNLV 1
UNLV 6, Seton Hall 2

Saturday, March 1, 2014

More rain than games Friday and Saturday

It's been a soggy weekend around the Mountain West.  Fresno State and Utah State have yet to play a single game after four rain outs each.  Colorado State managed to get one game in, San Diego State hasn't played since Thursday, Nevada saw three games washed away, and it's been a depressing weekend of rain all around the conference.  New Mexico also had a game canceled in its home tourney in Albuquerque.

Only a few games have been played Friday and Saturday, and here are the results:


New Mexico 5, Buffalo 2
New Mexico 11, Idaho State 10


Colorado State 4, Lehigh 1
New Mexico State 5, UNLV 4
Boise State 9, St. Mary's 1 (6)
Sacramento State 3, Boise State 1
Washington 1, San Jose State 0
San Jose State 10, UTEP 8
New Mexico 5, Buffalo 2