Friday, February 6, 2015

OPENING DAY: Eight Mountain West teams kicked off the season Friday

After San Jose State got things started on Thursday, the other eight Mountain West softball teams began their seasons Friday.

Fresno State 8, Fordham 0 (6 innings) - In Tempe, the Bulldogs run-ruled the two-time defending Atlantic 10 champion Rams behind a strong all-around game.  Junior pitchers Jill Compton and Hannah Harris threw a combined 2-hit shutout, and Fresno State got a big day at the plate from Michelle Solomon, who hit a pair of home runs.  Solomon reached base in all three at-bats and had three RBI.  Hawai'i transfer Alyssa Villalpando had a pair of hits in her first outing as a Bulldog, including a triple, and added an RBI.  Reigning MW Defensive Player of the Year Brenna Moss threw out a base runner at home in the second inning, snuffing out the Rams' only scoring chance of the night.

Fresno State 6, Portland State 1 - Taylor Green smacked a bases-loaded double to drive in three runs as Fresno State stormed to a 5-0 lead in the top of the first inning and never looked back.  Compton, Harris and Kiley Shae Aldridge combined on a 5-hitter and did not allow an earned run.  The Vikings' run came in the bottom of the seventh inning following an infield error.  The game didn't end until approximately 12:15 a.m. local time Saturday morning. 

San Diego State 2, Purdue 0 - In Fullerton, the Aztecs got a complete-game shutout from sophomore pitcher Erica Romero in the win over the Boilermakers.  San Diego State was held to just two hits in the game, but made them pay off as Lorena Bauer and Jaylene Ignacio each hit solo home runs for the game's only scores.  Romero tossed a 3-hitter.

San Diego State 8, Idaho State 6 - Bauer added another home run in her return from a 2014 injury and the Aztecs outlasted the Bengals.  For the day, Bauer finished with five RBI.

UNLV 4, Louisville 0 - The Rebels won their season opener at home in the Sportco Kick Off Classic with a shutout over the Cardinals.  Kwyn Cooper allowed five hits in six innings to pick up the victory.

UNLV 12, UC Davis 4 (6 innings) - In a run-rule affair, the host Rebels got the best of the Aggies and their first-year head coach Erin Thorpe, who moved over from Boise State.  Emily Haslinger went deep with a 3-run shot, and Garie Blando had three hits.  Pitchers Morgan Ettinger and Francesca Foti went three innings apiece as UNLV completed a 2-0 day.

Nevada 6, Fordham 4 - Just prior to Fresno State's dismantling of the Rams in Tempe, the Wolf Pack staged a late comeback for the victory.  Fordham seemed in total control of this one, taking a 4-1 lead into the seventh before Nevada came up with an improbable rally.  The Pack scored five times to take their first and only lead in the game.  Freshman Chase Redington scattered nine hits and earned the victory in her first career start.  

New Mexico 4, Seattle U. 3 - In Tempe, Lauren Soles tossed a complete game 6-hitter and didn't allow an earned run as the Lobos won their season opener.  Karissa Haleman had two hits, including a double, and Brandi Heimburg had two RBI for New Mexico.  All three Seattle runs were unearned due to three Lobos errors.

Nebraska 9, Colorado State 1 (5 innings) - After the Rams threatened to tie the score 2-2 in the top of the fifth inning but didn't, they paid the price in bottom of the frame.  The Huskers, ranked 18th and 20th in the two major polls, erupted for seven runs to end it as CSU was limited to just two hits in the contest.  Starter Holly Reinke took the loss, allowing seven runs in 4 1/3 innings.

Colorado State 8, Texas Tech 2 - The Rams got a 3-run home run from Taylor Hutton to break open a tight game late en route to the win over the Red Raiders.  Colorado State, which led just 3-2 in the fifth, pulled away with a 4-run sixth that featured Hutton's homer.  Shae Rodriguez and Haley David had two hits each.  Larisa Petakoff scattered six hits in four innings, and freshman Trinity Harrington allowed just two hits and a run in three innings of relief.  

Seton Hall 13, Boise State 10 - In Denton at the North Texas Invitational, the Broncos stormed to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning, then suffered a disastrous bottom of the first, allowing eight runs.  Down 10-4 in the sixth, Boise State rallied to tie it before the Pirates responded with three in the bottom of the inning for the game's final margin.

Boise State 9, Texas Southern 1 (6 innings) - The Broncos handed head coach Cindy Ball her first Division I victory in a rout of the Lady Tigers.  Mackenzie McGill earned the complete-game victory, while Makenna Weir and Sara Ketelsleger hit home runs.  Ketelsleger finished 3-for-4 with three RBI.

BYU 2, New Mexico 0 - The Cougars scored twice in the fifth to break a scoreless tie and went on for the win.  Tess McPherson took the loss, giving up six hits and striking out four.  UNM's four hits in the game were all singles, two by Heimburg.

San Jose State 14, Seattle U. 6 (5 innings) - The Spartans improved to 2-1 on the season and handed the Redhawks their second loss of the day to a Mountain West team in Tempe.  Sharon-Renae Estrada and Jessie Hufstetler combined for a huge afternoon.  Estrada had seven RBI with two home runs and a double.  Hufstetler finished with five RBI, including a homer and double of her own.

Portland State 9, Nevada 7 - The Wolf Pack committed four errors leading to four unearned runs and lost to the Vikings in Tempe.  Nevada was leading 6-2 in this one in the third inning when things went wrong.  Portland State's nine runs came on just five hits.  Three of the Pack's errors came in the third and fifth innings when the Vikings scored six runs.

Iowa State 3, Utah State 0 - At the Cyclone Indoor Invitational, the Aggies' offense couldn't get untracked in a shutout loss to the tourney hosts.  Sarah Chow and Victoria Saucedo had two hits each for Utah State.  Noelle Johnson pitched a complete game in the loss, allowing eight Cyclone hits.