Saturday, April 5, 2014

Blowout wins for Bulldogs, Aztecs and Spartans

Saturday around the Mountain West contained offensive explosions early in all four games.  San Diego State and Fresno State both scored four first inning runs, while San Jose State pushed five across in the first.  UNLV had a 7-run second inning to take a commanding lead, only to see it disappear as Boise State prevailed.

Fresno State 9, New Mexico 0 - In Albuquerque, sophomore pitcher Hannah Harris tossed a complete-game 2-hit shutout as the Bulldogs rolled over the host Lobos.  Harris, who allowed just one base runner to reach second base, gave up two singles and did not walk a batter.  Fresno State struck for four runs -- all with two outs -- in the top of the first.  Sophomore Whitney Smith had a pair of doubles and five RBI in running her hit streak to 10 games.  Stesha Brazil also extended her hitting streak to 10 games, while Brenna Moss moved hers to 11 in a row.  Brooke Ortiz had three hits, and freshman Kierra Willis added a pair of hits and two RBI.  New Mexico's Lauren Soles got the loss, going the distance and allowing 10 hits.  Harris pitched a 2-hit shutout for the second straight Saturday after doing it last Saturday in an 8-0 win over Utah State.

San Diego State 10, Nevada 1 (5 innings) - The Wolf Pack committed three errors that led to four early unearned runs, and that was the ball game in San Diego.  In a battle of freshman starting pitchers, Erica Romero of the Aztecs got the better of Nevada's McKenna Isenberg.  Patrice Jackson and Hayley Miles had doubles for SDSU's only two extra-base hits in a game where SDSU banged out 10 singles.  Nevada, 3-0 at home in Mountain West play, dropped to 0-5 away from Reno with the loss.  San Diego State won its second consecutive home game to clinch the series win.

San Jose State 12, Utah State 4 (5 innings) - The first five batters in the Spartans lineup combined to go 10-for-18 with eight RBI and 10 runs scored in a second straight run-rule rout in Logan.  It was the first time San Jose State had recorded back to back run-rule wins over the same opponent in seven years.  Jessica Garcia hit a homer for the second day in a row, and Sharon-Renae Estrada went deep as well. Jessie Hufstetler and Estrada both had three hits, three RBI, and scored twice.  Garcia finished with a pair of hits and two RBI, along with three runs scored.  SJSU clinched its second straight conference series win, while Utah State's struggles continued.  The Aggies, after beginning MW play 3-0 and sitting alone in first place in the conference standings for a brief period, have now lost five league games in succession.  Three of their past four MW defeats have been via the run-rule.

Boise State 8, UNLV 7 - In Boise, the Broncos spotted the Rebels an early 5-run lead, but then came roaring from behind for the victory.  Rebecca Patton picked up the win in relief of starter Mackenzie McGill, who gave up seven runs in just 1 2/3 innings.  Both teams committed two errors, but they were more costly for Boise State, as five of the seven runs McGill allowed were unearned and put BSU in an early hole.  UNLV, which trailed 2-0 after one, pushed seven across in the top of the second to seemingly take command.  Samanta Juarez and Jamie DePippo doubled as part of the Rebels' 4-hit attack in the frame.  Combined with two Broncos errors, a walk, and a hit-by-pitch, it gave UNLV an early 5-run cushion.  It didn't take long for Boise State to respond.  Against Rebels freshman starter Morgan Ettinger, the Broncos scored four in the bottom of the second.  Brittany McCray, Lindsey Nicholson and Ashley Palmer all doubled in the inning as Amanda Oliveto later entered in relief.  Boise State tied it in the third with the help of a UNLV error, and went ahead in the fifth on a Nicholson RBI single.  Both teams had 10 hits.