Sunday, April 13, 2014

SDSU nips Bulldogs in extras to avoid 3-game sweep


San Diego State narrowly avoided being swept in a Mountain West series for the first time in nine years, highlighting Sunday action around the conference.  Fresno State drew 3,926 fans to set a Mountain West softball series attendance record, breaking the old mark of 3,724 that the Bulldogs set last year versus Nevada.

San Diego St. 2, Fresno State 0 (9 innings) - In a tight pitcher's duel between Fresno State's Jill Compton and the Aztecs' Danielle O'Toole, it was SDSU that finally broke a 0-0 tie in the ninth.  Freshman Jaylene Ignacio was credited with a double that was just out of the reach of Bulldog freshman left fielder Kierra Willis with one out in the ninth inning. The hit scored Patrice Jackson, who walked.  That began a string of two more hits as SDSU went up 2-0.  Danielle O'Toole, who retired the first 19 batters of the game before giving up a single to Brooke Ortiz, earned the win by going 8 1/3. She was knocked from the game briefly and replaced by Erica Romero in the seventh, before returning in the eighth.  Fresno State had its chances but couldn't come up with a clutch hit.  The Bulldogs had two hits in the seventh -- from Ortiz and Stesha Brazil -- but left runners at the corners.  Fresno State had two more runners on base in the bottom of the eighth, but O'Toole struck out Brenna Moss, who entered the game hitting .500 in conference play.  Fresno State would have to settle for a series win that snapped the Aztecs' 5-series win streak.  San Diego State got a much-needed boost and avoided getting swept in a Mountain West series for the first time since 2005.

San Jose State 5, New Mexico 0 - Allison Lang allowed three hits and got the shutout, while Casey Watt and Erin Rodriguez had two hits each in the Spartans' win over the Lobos.  San Jose State won the series two games to one.

Colorado State 10, UNLV 4 - The Rams stormed to a big early lead for the second day in a row, but held on for the victory after falling Saturday.  Both teams had 10 hits, but it was the Rams who built an early 9-1 lead in the third inning and coasted to the win.  Holly Reinke scattered the 10 hits in a complete-game win.  Morgan Ettinger took the loss, despite giving up just one hit in 1 1/3 innings.

Boise State 8, Nevada 4 - On Jayme King Day, where Nevada honored its former player, Boise State completed a 3-game sweep.  In front of a season-best crowd in Reno of 665, the Broncos built a commanding 6-run lead in the first inning and never looked back.  Megan Dortch gave up four hits and six runs -- all earned -- in just 1/3 of an inning.  Rebecca Patton won her second game of the weekend, going the distance and scattering 10 hits.  The Pack out-hit Boise State 10 to eight.  Makenna Weir hit a home run for the Broncos.