Sunday, April 6, 2014

Fresno State blasts Lobos 20-0; Aztecs complete sweep

Fresno State's high-powered offense was on display again in Albuquerque, as the Bulldogs crossed the 20-run barrier for the second time in three weekends.  Meanwhile, UNLV became the first visiting team to win a Mountain West series in Boise; Utah State posted a shocking run-rule rout of San Jose State; and San Diego State completed a 3-game sweep of Nevada and has tied the best start in program history.

In non-conference play, Colorado State won to end a 3-0 weekend against visiting UTEP.

Fresno State 20, New Mexico 0 (5 innings) - After the Bulldogs blasted Boise State for 24 runs two weeks ago, they almost did it again against the Lobos.  Fresno State pounded out 18 hits and scored 15 runs on 10 hits in the second and third innings combined.  The 10-run second inning marked the second time the Bulldogs have scored 10 or more runs in a single inning during a Mountain West road game this season.  Whitney Smith continued a torrid hitting weekend, going 4-for-5 with three RBI to finish with eight hits and eight RBI in the series, and a staggering .615 batting average.  She ran her current hitting streak to 11 games.  Brenna Moss had three hits (including a bases-loaded triple), three RBI, and two stolen bases.  Brooke Ortiz had three hits (including a triple), four RBI and a stolen base, and Bria Kennedy got the first hit of her Fresno State career -- a double to lead off the fourth, and she later scored.  Jill Compton, like Hannah Harris the day before, was practically unhittable.  Compton allowed only two hits in picking up her 13th win and sixth complete-game shutout.  Fresno State outscored the Lobos 29-0 over the final two games in Albuquerque.

Utah State 16, San Jose State 8 (5 innings) - In a wild game in Logan, the Aggies run-ruled the Spartans after getting run-ruled themselves the past two days.  Utah State let a big early lead get away before rallying back.  The Aggies led 7-1 entering the third inning before the Spartans rallied for six runs to tie it.  Utah State then added three in the bottom of the frame to take a 10-7 lead.  After San Jose State again scored a run to pull within two, the Aggies blew it open and finished off the Spartans with a 6-run fifth.  Utah State was able to overcome four errors by pounding out 17 hits against four San Jose State pitchers.  Allison Lenzora and Victoria Saucedo had three hits each, with Lenzora getting four RBI and Saucedo three.  Hailey Froton had three RBI and a pair of hits.  Noelle Johnson went the distance, scattering 11 hits for the win.

San Diego State 3, Nevada 1 - The Spartans matched the best start in school history (28-9) with a sweep of the Wolf Pack in San Diego.  Danielle O'Toole picked up her 20th win of the season, allowing six hits and striking out eight.  Karlyn Jones got the start for Nevada and tossed a complete game, giving up seven hits to SDSU.  Kayla Bufardeci and Katie Mathis had two hits each to lead the Aztecs.  For the Wolf Pack, Erin Jones was the lone player with multiple hits, finishing with two, including a double.  San Diego State, by virtue of San Jose State's loss, moved alone into first place in the conference standings, setting up a huge showdown next week in Fresno against the Bulldogs.  Nevada lost its sixth consecutive road game in conference play and now has been swept in both Mountain West road series.

UNLV 9, Boise State 3 - In Boise, the Rebels bounced back from a Saturday loss and an early 3-0 deficit to score the game's final nine runs.  Boise State led 3-0 after two innings before UNLV rallied to tie the score in the third.  A 4-run sixth inning sealed the deal and powered the Rebels to the first series win by a visiting team in Boise since the Broncos joined the Mountain West two seasons ago.  Pauline Monreal hit a home run and had three hits and four RBI to lead the way for UNLV.  Amanda Oliveto scattered nine hits to grab the complete-game victory, out-dueling Rebecca Patton.  Taylor VanAcker and Jamie DePippo had two hits each for the Rebels.  Boise State got three hits from Tara Glover.