Saturday, February 28, 2015

SATURDAY: High-profile Pac-12 teams beat Bulldogs, Spartans, Aztecs

Eleven games took place Saturday in Mountain West softball, highlighted by Fresno State retiring the jersey number of former Olympian and Bulldog All-American Laura Berg before the Bulldog game with Oregon State. Check back for continued updates.

Oregon State 16, Fresno State 12 - On a night that Fresno State retired the jersey of its most decorated softball player in history, the Bulldogs were part of a record-breaking performance.  And not in a great way.  Oregon State, behind head coach and Fresno State softball alum Laura Berg, scored the most runs an opponent had ever scored on the Bulldogs' home field.  The 28 combined runs also matched the Fresno State record for games played in any location.  The Bulldogs were off from the start in a game that featured a lengthy pre-game ceremony honoring Berg, complete with fireworks and unveiling of her jersey number atop the press box at Margie Wright Diamond.  It took more than 50 pitches for the Bulldogs to get the game's second out as OSU put up five runs in the first.  To its credit, Fresno State battled repeatedly, at one point bringing the tying run to the plate in the fourth inning after getting behind 16-7.  Michelle Solomon and Kierra Willis both hit home runs, and Solomon now has eight hits and eight RBI the past three games.  Solomon had three hits and two RBI, while Willis and freshman Katie Castellon also had a pair of RBI.  Hannah Harris, the Bulldogs' fourth pitcher to enter the game, kept the Bulldogs in it with 3 2/3 innings of scoreless relief, allowing just three hits.  Fresno State committed a season-high four errors, and now has 13 in its five losses this season.  Oregon State (15-5) won its fifth straight, while the Bulldogs (13-5) saw their 5-game game win streak snapped.  While OSU's 16 runs are the most ever scored in Fresno against the Bulldogs, the Beavers fell two runs shy of the all-time opponents' mark of 18 runs, scored by Hawai'i in Honolulu in the 2007 season.

California 3, San Jose State 2 - The Spartans gave the Bears all they could handle before Cal scored a run in the seventh to win it.  Allison Lang issued a leadoff walk to begin the seventh inning and it would prove to be critical.  That run ended up being the game-winner when Cheyenne Cordes and Danielle Henderson hit back to back singles immediately following the walk.  SJSU was hitting Cal starter Katie Sutherland-Finch early, but after the Spartans tied it up 2-2 in the fourth, the Bears turned to ace Stephanie Trzcinski, who allowed just one single and shut them down the final three innings.  San Jose State was retired in order in the bottom of the seventh.  Eight different Spartans had one hit each in the game.  Unranked to begin the season, Cal has now won 16 of its first 17 games this year, and currently sits at No. 19 in the USA Today / NFCA coaches poll.

Oregon 7, San Diego State 3 - In San Diego, the Ducks got out to a 6-run lead and cruised to a win over the Aztecs.  Kayla Jordan played a part in all three San Diego State runs.  After Oregon got in front 6-0, she doubled in the bottom of the third inning, moved to third on a wild pitch and then scored on another wild pitch.  Oregon made it 7-1 in the fifth and the Ducks removed starter Cheridan Hawkins and replaced her with Georgia transfer Geri Ann Glasco.  Just after entering, Glasco gave up a Sam Camello single, and Jordan followed with a 2-run homer to complete the scoring.  SDSU had two hits against Hawkins.  San Diego State lost its 11th straight game to a Top 25-ranked team. The second-ranked Ducks improved to 16-2 on the season.

San Diego State 3, Iowa State 0 - Erica Romero scattered six hits in a complete-game shutout over the Cyclones.  San Diego State had six hits as well, with Jenavee Peres continuing a hot streak with a 2-run homer in the fourth.  Taylor Stewart added an RBI single as six different Aztecs finished with a hit.

UNLV 2, Louisiana-Monroe 1 - In Las Vegas, the Rebels got an RBI double by Garie Blando in the bottom of the fifth to snap a 1-1 tie on their way to a win over the Warhawks.  Francesca Foti had two of UNLV's six hits.  Morgan Ettinger earned the win, tossing a complete game and giving up five hits.

Cal State Fullerton 2, Boise State 0 - Christina Washington pitched a complete-game 4-hitter and shut out the Broncos.  Boise State finished the weekend with a 2-3 tournament record and lost to the Titans for the second time this season.  The two will meet again March 13.

Colorado State 7, Bryant 1 - All eight runs scored in this one were unearned as the Rams and Bulldogs combined for six errors.  Five of the miscues were on Bryant's end, including four from two different players at the shortstop position, leading to all seven Colorado State runs.  After Bryant (3-4) shortstop Ashley Dipietrantonio committed her second error of the game in the fifth inning, she was pulled and replaced at short by Rachel Monroe.  Immediately upon entering, Monroe committed a pair of errors herself in the fifth, just prior to Jaelyn Manzaneres hitting a 3-run home run for CSU.  Those were the Rams' only RBI in the game and capped a 6-run inning.  Holly Reinke scattered four hits to improve to 3-8 on the season.

UTEP 9, Colorado State 8 - The Rams couldn't hold a 5-run lead and suffered an embarrassing loss to the Miners, who had lost 11 straight games entering this one.  Colorado State was in front 5-0 before UTEP came to bat after four consecutive RBI hits came with two outs in the top of the first.  The Miners scored once in the bottom of the frame and added a 6-run second inning to take the lead.  After CSU pulled into a 7-all tie in the fifth, a 2-run homer off Rams pitcher Molly Randle put UTEP ahead to stay.  The Miners won for just the third time this season in 19 games.

Nevada 23, Southern Illinois 9 (5 innings) - In Puerto Vallarta, the Wolf Pack snapped a 9-game losing streak by pounding the Salukis (3-8-1).  Nevada had 20 hits in a wild game that featured a little bit of everything:  4 errors, 14 walks, 3 hit batters, 3 home runs, 4 stolen bases, a slew of wild pitches and much, much more.  Amanda Weis had a pair of doubles and a homer to finish with six RBI.  She, Karley Hopkins and Danielle Wiltz all had four hits for Nevada against a Southern Illinois team that gave up 54 runs in three days in Puerto Vallarta.  Nevada bounced back from a Friday loss to SIU in the only game the Salukis won on this trip to Mexico.  Chase Redington got the win in relief for the Pack.

Northern Colorado 6, Nevada 4 - The Wolf Pack lost to the Bears (5-5-1) for a second day in a row, wrapping up a 1-4 weekend in Puerto Vallarta.  Nevada got out to a 4-run lead, but couldn't hold it as UNC scored the game's final six runs.  Karley Hopkins and Amanda Nicholas had two hits to lead Nevada.

Late night - UNLV vs. Idaho State - Check back for updates.  Game was slated to begin at approximately 10 pm Pacific time.