Saturday, April 12, 2014

Harris, Martin lead Fresno State past SDSU

Saturday saw everyone playing the middle game of a 3-game weekend Mountain West series.  Boise State captured a series win by defeating Nevada for the second day in a row, while UNLV and San Jose State knotted their series at one game apiece with Colorado State and New Mexico, respectively.  But the biggest game of the day occurred Saturday night when Fresno State shut out San Diego State 2-0 to surge in front of the race for the conference title and win the key series with the Aztecs.

Fresno State 2, San Diego State 0 - In Fresno, sophomore pitcher Hannah Harris tossed a complete-game shutout for the third consecutive Saturday and the Bulldogs beat the Aztecs.  Fresno State snapped San Diego State's 5-series winning streak dating back to last season and the Bulldogs became the first team to beat the Aztecs twice this year.  Harris was in control all night, finishing with a 3-hitter as SDSU was held for the second night in a row without an extra-base hit.  Harris got some key defensive help, including a diving catch by center fielder Brenna Moss that turned into a game-ending double play in the seventh inning.  After a walk and single, San Diego State had two runners on base for Frankie Orlando, who lofted a fly ball to shallow center.  With Moss playing medium-deep, she made a lunging grab fully laid out before the ball hit the grass, and then fired to second base to double off Hayley Miles, who was running on what looked to be a hit before Moss' heroics.  The Bulldogs pounded nine hits, but continually stranded base runners.  Fresno State took a 1-0 lead in the second when Vonnie Martin walked and scored on a double by Whitney Smith.  Later, another hit by Smith appeared to give Fresno State an insurance run, but it was wiped off the scoreboard on a close play at the plate.  Martin blasted a deep home run in the sixth inning for the 2-0 margin, but the Bulldogs missed key opportunities to blow the game open.  They left the bases loaded in both the fifth and sixth innings, and didn't score in the fifth despite three hits and loading the bases with no outs.  SDSU starter Erica Romero took the loss.  She was replaced by Andi Smith in the third and Danielle O'Toole in the sixth.  Harris allowed three singles (two of which were bunts), struck out two and walked one.  Fresno State out-hit the Aztecs nine to three, and four Bulldogs had two hits each.  Martin, Smith, Paige Gumz and Kapri Angotti all had two hits, and Martin reached base safely in all three at-bats and scored both of the game's two runs.  

UNLV 13, Colorado State 12 (10 innings) - In Las Vegas, the Rams couldn't hold a 7-run, fifth inning lead and ended up falling to the host Rebels.  UNLV battled back from a 12-5 deficit and eventually tied it in the bottom of the seventh on a home run by Emily Haslinger.  Jamie DePippo's RBI single in the bottom of the 10th was the game-winner.  Haslinger had a pair of home runs and five RBI, while Stefany Valentino and Samantha Juarez had three hits apiece.  Valentino finished with four RBI in the Rebels' 16-hit attack.  Colorado State saw its 8-game winning streak snapped, and the Rams didn't have a hit after Amanda Oliveto entered and threw the game's final 5 1/3 innings to earn the win.

Boise State 9, Nevada 6 - In Reno, the Broncos captured the series win and got home runs from Makenna Weir and Libbie Juarez.  The homers were a 3-run shot by Juarez (her first) and a 2-run shot off the bat of Weir.  Nevada trailed 6-2 before rallying to tie the score before the Broncos took the lead again for good in the sixth.  MacKenzie McGill got the win in relief for Boise State, marking the first time all season the Broncos won a game without Rebecca Patton pitching.  Karlyn Jones, the third of three Nevada pitchers used in the game, took the loss for the Pack.  Tara Glover had three hits, including a double, for the Broncos.

San Jose State 10, New Mexico 1 (5 innings) - In San Jose, this one was over early as New Mexico committed three errors in the first inning.  The miscues led to five unearned runs as San Jose State pushed nine runs across in the first to take a commanding lead.  It was the third time in four conference games that UNM lost by nine or more runs.  Michelle Cox had two of the Spartans' eight hits in the contest and finished with three RBI.  The Lobos had four errors and three hits against pitcher Madison Fish, who bounced back after losing Friday's opening game of the series.