Saturday, February 14, 2015

SATURDAY: 16 more games on a busy second weekend

Sixteen more games were on tap Saturday around the world of Mountain West softball. Let's take a look at the results.

Colorado State 10, IPFW 0 (6 innings) - Senior Molly Randle pitched the first no-hitter for the Rams in five years as CSU dispatched of the struggling Mastadons in Austin.  Randle, who allowed a double to the only batter she'd faced all season before this game, tossed the first no-hitter of her career.  The Mastadons reached base only on a pair of walks, a HBP, and a Rams error.  Woeful IPFW (0-8), whose entire senior class transferred to Western Kentucky this past off-season, was run-ruled for a seventh consecutive game.  IPFW has now been outscored 77-6 this season.

Texas 4, Colorado State 1 - The host Longhorns knocked off the Rams in the Texas Classic by limiting CSU to three hits.  Shae Rodriguez had two of the three Rams singles in the game.  Trailing by three runs, CSU cut it to a 2-run deficit in the fifth when Texas committed a pair of errors.  Holly Reinke took the loss.

Fresno State 8, UC Davis 5 - The Bulldogs had 11 hits and roared to a big early lead en route to a win over the Aggies in Fresno.  Brenna Moss had a pair of hits, scored three runs and stole a base.  Michelle Solomon had three RBI, and Kierra Willis had a pair of hits, including a 2-run triple in the first inning when Fresno State broke on top 4-0.  The Bulldogs used a trio of pitchers, who limited the Aggies to seven hits, which all came in the final three innings.  Fresno State was up 7-0 in the fifth when UCD got its first hit.  The Aggies are coached by former Boise State head coach Erin Thorpe.

Fresno State 2, Santa Clara 1 - The Bulldogs pounded out 10 hits, but continually ran themselves out of innings with overly aggressive base running.  It wasn't until the bottom of the sixth inning when sophomore Kierra Willis blasted her first home run of the season -- a 2-run shot to left-center -- that the Bulldogs took a 2-0 lead.  The Broncos, in the seventh, hit a solo shot to make it close. It was the first home run given up by a Fresno State pitcher this season.  Jill Compton tossed a complete game and struck out a career-high 10.  Willis, Michelle Solomon, Brenna Moss and Paige Gumz all had two hits.

New Mexico 9, Indiana 8 - At the Wilson/DeMarini Desert Classic, the Lobos staged a tremendous comeback from a 7-run deficit and won in dramatic fashion.  Trailing 7-0 entering the bottom of the fourth inning, UNM erupted for eight runs on seven hits to take the lead.  Indiana had some drama of its own, tying the game 8-8 with two outs in the top of the seventh when the Lobos were one out from victory.  In the bottom of the seventh, IU chose to intentionally walk Brandi Heimburg to load the bases with one out.  The move backfired when Shelbie Franc came up with the game-winning single to score Mia Hignojos, who led off the frame with a single of her own.

UNLV 8, Northwestern 7 - In Las Vegas, the Rebels jumped to a quick lead and then had to hold on down the stretch as the Wildcats had the potential tying run at third base when the game ended.  UNLV scored six runs in the bottom of the first to take a commanding 6-0 lead, in large part to Samantha Juarez's 2-run home run.  Halle Rosario had two RBI.  Northwestern, which out-hit the Rebels 11 to 10, lost its sixth consecutive game this season and third in a row in this tournament.

San Diego State 9, Central Michigan 5 - In San Diego, the Aztecs' pitching situation continued to be an issue, but Erica Romero again came in to save the day.  SDSU started freshman infielder and utility player Taylor Stewart in the circle for the first time, and Stewart lasted two innings and allowed six hits and four earned runs to the struggling Chippewas who lost their first six games this season.  Romero entered in the third with the Aztecs down 4-0 and promptly gave up a run to make it 5-0 Central Michigan.  SDSU's offense finally got rolling as two Chippewas errors and homers from Samantha Camello and Hayley Miles brought the Aztecs back.  Nine days into the season, Romero has thrown a staggering 49 innings, far and away the most in the conference.  No other SDSU pitcher has thrown more than five innings this season.

Long Beach State 10, Nevada 2 (5 innings) - In Henderson, Nev., the Wolf Pack couldn't stop the 49ers' offense in a rout.  Long Beach State scored in every inning but the third, and limited the Pack to just three hits.  Julia Lombardi had three hits, including a home run, and five RBI.  McKenna Isenberg started and took the loss, allowing six hits and five runs (all earned) in two innings.

Arizona 9, San Jose State 1 (6 innings) - In Tucson, the highly-anticipated battle between two prolific offenses never materialized as the Wildcats blew out the Spartans in a run-rule affair.  Arizona (7-0) freshman pitcher Trish Parks had little trouble with SJSU's offense and helped her own cause at the plate with a 3-run home run.  This marked the third consecutive game in which Parks homered.  San Jose State's lone run scored in the first inning on a 3-base error as the Spartans took the early 1-0 lead.  Starter Allison Lang allowed nine hits in 3 2/3 innings.

Utah Valley 9, New Mexico 3 - In Henderson, the Wolverines jumped to a 4-run lead right off the bat and were never seriously threatened as the Lobos lost their third straight.  Starting pitcher Tess McPherson took the loss.  Freshman catcher Chelsea Johnson hit her second career home run for UNM, and Karissa Haleman had three of the team's eight hits.  UVU snapped a 3-game losing streak and moved to 4-5 on the season.  That record includes a loss to San Jose State and a win over a pair of Big Ten teams in Indiana and Wisconsin.

UCLA 12, Utah State 4 - At the Wilson/DeMarini Desert Classic, the Bruins exploded for nine runs on eight hits in the fourth inning on their way to a romp over the Aggies.  UCLA pounded out 16 hits, including five for extra bases, against starter Alleyah Armendariz and reliever Noelle Johnson.  Armendariz had limited the Bruins to just one hit through the first three innings before running into trouble in the fourth.  She and Victoria Saucedo accounted for all four Aggies runs with homers.

Long Beach State 11, Utah State 3 (5 innings) - The struggling Aggies became the third Mountain West team to lose to the 49ers this weekend - and the second via the run-rule today - in a lopsided loss in Henderson.  Utah State pitchers gave up a double-digit run total for the third consecutive game in this tournament as the Aggies saw their record drop to a surprising 0-7 to begin the season.  This is the second time in three seasons Utah State has begun the season with an 0-7 record.  After losing their final 10 games of the 2014 season, Utah State has now lost 17 in a row, and 21 of its past 22 games.

Nevada 6, UTEP 3 - The Wolf Pack knocked off the Miners in Henderson with three home runs.  Freshman pitcher Chase Redington earned the complete-game win as both teams had 11 hits apiece.  Jasmine Jenkins, Amanda Weis and Ashley Butera all homered for Nevada.  The Miners dropped to 2-7.

Boise State 9, Seattle U. 5 - At the Wilson/DeMarini Desert Classic, the Broncos held off the Redhawks.  Devon Bridges homered and freshman pitcher Rachel Rodriguez picked up the win.  Seattle (3-5) has now played four Mountain West teams, losing to New Mexico and San Jose State in addition to the Broncos.  Seattle's lone win over a MW team came Friday against Nevada.

Late-night results

San Jose State 11, Loyola-Chicago 2 (5 innings) - The Spartans improved to 7-3 with a run-rule victory over the Ramblers (3-5) in Tucson.  Katelyn Linford picked up the pitching victory.

Portland State 10, Boise State 6 - The Broncos fell to the Vikings in Henderson.  More details coming.