|Rutgers-Fresno State lineups, courtesy Rutgers Athletics|
Tournament play continued around the Mountain West with 13 games on Friday. Fresno State continued to roll on offense, picking up two more wins, including one over the Big Ten, to run the Bulldogs' winning streak to five consecutive games. San Diego State and Boise State won twice. And UNLV picked up a big victory to highlight Friday's action.
Fresno State 7, UC Santa Barbara 2 - At the Louisville Slugger Bash, the Bulldogs pushed five runs across in the second inning and coasted to a win over the Gauchos. Michelle Solomon had a pair of hits and two RBI, Alyssa Villalpando had two hits, and Brenna Moss had a hit and two RBI in the Bulldogs' fourth consecutive win. Freshman Katie Castellon had a 2-hit game, while Jill Compton picked up her seventh win.
Fresno State 14, Rutgers 1 (5 innings) - The Bulldogs' high-powered offense was on display again as they scored in every inning of a 14-1 thrashing of the Scarlet Knights. Fresno State won its fifth straight game and set a school record for triples in a game with four. In the bottom of the second, the Bulldogs scored seven runs and hit three triples in the inning as Villalpando, Kierra Willis and Bria Kennedy all hit three-baggers. Willis accomplished a rare feat, tripling twice in the game, including one that brought three runs home with the bases loaded in the second. Solomon continued what she started in game one with a 6 RBI day, including four in this game. She, along with Moss and Kennedy all had three hits, while Willis had four RBI. Taylor Langdon allowed no earned runs and four hits to move her pitching record to 2-0 with the victory.
San Diego State 13, St. John's 8 - The host Aztecs stormed to a 10-0 lead in the third inning and then saw the Red Storm come back with eight straight to make it a 10-8 game just an inning later. Erica Romero started, was pulled for Sydnee Cable, and Romero was later re-inserted after St. John's rallied. The Red Storm committed six errors that led to eight unearned runs for San Diego State. Taylor Stewart had three hits and three RBI, while Lorena Bauer had a pair of hits and three RBI.
San Diego State 8, Cal Poly 2 - Freshman Jenavee Peres had three hits and two RBI, while Bauer, Kayla Jordan and Sydnee Cable had two hits apiece in the home win over the Mustangs. A 5-run fifth inning proved to be the difference as SDSU got to Cal Poly starter Lindsey Chalmers. Erica Romero picked up her eighth win of the season, scattering seven hits.
San Jose State 6, Longwood 4 (8 innings) - In Honolulu, the Spartans scored a pair of runs in the top of the eighth inning with the international tiebreak rule in effect during a win over the Lancers. Nicole Schultz singled home the base runner placed at second base to begin the inning with the ITB in effect. Sharon-Renae Estrada's sacrifice fly scored the second run of that important eighth inning. Jessie Hufstetler hit a pair of solo homers to finish with two RBI. Madison Fish picked up the win in relief after Longwood tied the contest with a pair in the sixth.
Hawai'i 14, San Jose State 1 (5 innings) - This one was over nearly as soon as it began as the Rainbow Wahine hit a pair of grand slams in the first inning to break it wide open. Leisha Li'ili'i hit a grand slam off SJSU starter Katelyn Linford, who was replaced in the frame by Colette Riggs, who allowed another to Lindsey Willmon. Normally hot-hitting San Jose State was held to three hits by UH pitcher Kanani Aina Cabrales.
UNLV 12, DePaul 4 (5 innings) - In Las Vegas, the Rebels run-ruled the Blue Demons with the help of a 7-run inning. DePaul led 4-0 early, but UNLV scored the game's final 12 runs. In a deceiving stat in a run-rule game, both teams finished with nine hits. Garie Blando's 2-run home run in the bottom of the fifth invoked the run rule and she finished with four RBI and three hits. Merina Ili was the other Rebel with multiple hits; she had two. Morgan Ettinger (3-4) picked up the win over the Demons (6-9).
UC Riverside 7, Colorado State 1 - Pitcher Holly Reinke saw her record drop to 2-8 as the Rams fell to the Highlanders (12-4) in Tucson. Colorado State had nine hits, but committed four errors and left 11 runners on base. UC Riverside scored in five different innings and scored the game's first four runs. The Rams cut the margin to 4-1 in the fourth when Savannah Clark doubled and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Taylor Hutton.
Arizona 6, Colorado State 3 - After struggling in the loss to the Highlanders early in the day, the Rams pushed the 15th-ranked Wildcats later Friday. CSU got solo home runs from Danielle Wikre and Savannah Clark in the top of the seventh inning to cut the margin to 6-3. The Rams put the potential tying run at first and had the bases loaded when the game ended. CSU out-hit Arizona 10 to eight but stranded 14 base runners in the contest. Freshman Trinity Harrington scattered eight hits in six innings of work and took the loss.
Boise State 9, Portland State 3 - The Broncos rallied from a 2-1 deficit and scored the game's final eight runs to defeat the Vikings. Ashley Palmer hit a home run and Teauna Hughes had three hits and two RBI. Rachel Rodriguez went the distance, allowing six hits.
Northern Colorado 2, Nevada 1 - The Bears hit a 2-run homer in the first inning and it held up for a win over the Wolf Pack in Puerto Vallarta. The loss was Nevada's eighth in a row. This game marked the sixth time this season the Pack out-hit its opponent in a loss. Nevada had seven hits to just three for UNC (4-5-1). Amanda Weis' RBI single in the sixth put the Wolf Pack on the board.
Boise State 9, Weber State 8 - The Broncos took a 3-run lead into the bottom of the seventh inning and survived a late Wildcats (6-6) rally for the win. Rodriguez came on to earn the save as Weber State had both the potential tying and game-winning runs in scoring position when the game ended on a groundout.
Southern Illinois 6, Nevada 5 (8 innings) - The Wolf Pack rallied to tie the game 5-5 on a 2-run home run by Megan Sweet in the bottom of the seventh inning, but fell short in another heartbreaker. After SIU went in front via the international tiebreak rule in the top of the eighth, Nevada was unable to answer in the bottom half of the inning. Pitcher McKenna Isenberg fell to 0-7 on the season.