Friday, March 13, 2015

FRIDAY: Tourney action continues around the Mountain West

All nine Mountain West softball teams were in action on the final Friday before conference play begins next week. 

Fresno State 5, Montana 1 - In her first start of the season in the circle, Bulldog junior pitcher Taylor Langdon tossed a complete-game 5-hitter as Fresno State won its third straight game.  Langdon improved to 3-0 this season, with her other two wins coming in earlier relief appearances.  It was not only her first start of the year, but just her second since her freshman season when she started five games.  The Bulldogs got their offense going midway through the game and got a 2-run home run from Kierra Willis in a 3-run fifth.  In the third, Fresno State took a 2-0 lead with the help of two Grizzlies errors and a run-scoring single by Paige Gumz.  Freshman Chase LeeHong, who had four hits on Thursday, added an RBI double in the fifth.  Langdon struck out two and did not walk a batter in the contest against the first-year NCAA Division I program.  Box score

Baylor 12, San Diego St. 2 (5 innings) - The hometown Aztecs could do little to stop the Bears in a run-rule rout at San Diego Classic II.  Baylor started off with a bang against San Diego State pitcher Erica Romero and never let up as the Bears scored in every inning.  Romero wasn't around for the end as SDSU used three different pitchers, with Sydnee Cable entering the game, then being replaced briefly again by Romero before Andi Smith finished it out.  Hot-hitting Baylor, which had lost four of its last six games entering Friday, pounded out 15 hits.  Romero went 2 2/3, allowing six runs (four earned) on six hits, while Cable went 1 1/3 and gave up five hits and four runs (two earned).  Smith allowed four hits and a pair of earned runs in the final inning of mop-up duty with the game well out of hand.  As lopsided as the final score was, it could've been worse as Baylor left nine runners aboard and had the bases loaded four times in five innings.  SDSU had four hits.

New Mexico 6, Memphis 1 - The teams combined for eight errors, with the Lobos committing five that didn't come back to haunt them in Charleston, SC.  Pitcher Lisa Rodrigues picked up her first win of the season and also had four hits and three RBI against the Tigers (7-9).  Rodrigues helped her own cause early with a 2-run double that highlighted a 3-run third inning.  A Tigers error aided the Lobos in that frame.  New Mexico increased its lead in the fifth and sixth.  In the fifth, it was Rodrigues again doing it with an RBI single.  An inning later, a dropped fly ball by Memphis added another UNM run.  Mariah Rimmer had two hits and scored a pair of runs for the victorious Lobos.  Box score

San Jose St. 15, Utah Valley 0 (6 innings) - The Wolverines committed seven errors and the Spartans rolled to an easy win in San Diego.  Madison Fish tossed the first five innings and allowed one hit while walking five batters and striking out nine.  Berlyn Rippentrop came on to pitch a scoreless sixth.  This game had it all.  Despite the wild and lopsided score, there was just one extra-base hit in the game -- and it came in the strangest way possible:  a bunt double by Michelle Cox.  SJSU scored in almost every way imaginable, taking a 4-0 lead in the third on a wild pitch, a passed ball, and twice on separate Utah Valley errors.  The Wolverines had five errors in the third inning alone.  An 11-run sixth, aided by two more UVU errors, broke the game open as SJSU had nine RBI singles in the frame.  Cox, Jessica Madrid, Jessie Hufstetler and Sharon-Renae Estrada had big games.  Estrada had four RBI, Hufstetler three, and Madrid and Cox had three hits each.  UVU (9-14) lost to the Spartans for a second time this season.  Box score

San Jose St. 12, San Diego 6 - The Spartans scored eight runs in the first inning and never looked back in a win over the Toreros.  SJSU was out-hit in the game 14 to 10, but the 8-run first inning (on just four singles) was too much for USD.  It was an instant meltdown for the Toreros in that decisive first inning as USD pitchers issued a pair of walks, hit two batters, threw two wild pitches with runners aboard and the Toreros also committed an infield error.  Allison Lang went the distance and got the win despite allowing all 14 hits and six runs.  Michelle Cox had three hits and Alyssa Martinez two hits and three RBI.  Emma Entzminger's double was the Spartans' lone extra-base hit.  USD dropped to 14-13 overall.  Box score

New Mexico 9, Marist 2 - In Charleston, the Lobos easily dispatched of the Red Foxes (4-7) of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.  Shelbie Franc had three hits, and Gabrielle Stacey and Michala Erickson two apiece in a victory behind pitcher Tess McPherson.  Entering the game with an ERA over 10.00, McPherson lowered it to 6.05 by allowing six hits and two earned runs against the preseason favorite from what is traditionally considered one of the nation's weakest conferences.  Franc finished with three RBI, as did Chelsea Johnson, who delivered a bases-loaded double.  New Mexico will now enter the day on Saturday looking for its 15th and 16th wins of the year, which would tie the Lobos' win mark for all of last season.  Box score

Nebraska 11, Boise State 3 (6 innings) -  In Fullerton, the Broncos tied the game 3-3 in the top of the fourth, only to see the Huskers erupt the rest of the way in a rout.  Freshman Rachel Rodriguez started for Boise State and allowed eight hits and six earned runs in 4 1/3 innings before giving way to Nicole Wilson.  The Broncos took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Makenzie Sullivan hit a 2-run homer, her fifth round-tripper of the year.  Sullivan had three of BSU's five hits in the contest, which marked the team's fifth loss in six games.  Nebraska, which began the season ranked in the top 25, improved to 10-11 overall.  Box score

Colorado State 6, Iona College 0 - The Rams beat the Gaels in Northridge behind the second career win by freshman pitcher Trinity Harrington, who tossed a 3-hitter.  Iona College, of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, has won just one game this season.  Taylor Hutton and Haley David both had two hits to lead CSU, which won its eighth straight game.  During that 8-game win streak, the Rams have beaten UT-Arlington, UN-Omaha, Drake, Valparaiso and Iona College.  Box score

UConn 3, UNLV 2 - In San Diego, the Rebels suffered a 1-run loss at the hands of the Huskies (6-10).  All of the action and runs came in the first two innings of this one.  UNLV moved out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first.  Samantha Juarez stole home on a perfectly-executed double steal, while the second run scored on one of three UConn errors in the game.  The Huskies scored a pair of runs on three hits in the bottom of the first to tie it, and took the lead an inning later.  Lexi Gifford doubled to lead off the second and came home on an RBI single by Alyssa Gardea.  And that was it.  Janine Petmecky started and took the loss for UNLV.  Fahren Glackin came on in relief and three hitless innings, but the Rebels never could answer.  Box score

Weber State 7, UNLV 0 - The Rebels slipped to an 0-2 day in San Diego with a shutout loss to the Wildcats.  Petmecky got the start for a second straight game and was dealt the loss again.  In a box score oddity, the Rebels' top two pitchers this season - Kwyn Cooper and Morgan Ettinger - were absent from both games and did not pitch Friday.  The Rebels were held to just three hits in the game and now have won just two games away from Las Vegas this season.  Weber State (14-9) scored a pair of runs in the first inning and that was all the Wildcats would need.  WSU had a pair of extra-base hits and UNLV used three pitchers.  Box score

Cal State Fullerton 3, Boise State 0 - Hits were hard to come by for the Broncos, who lost their thirdd game of the season to the Titans in Fullerton.  Boise State had just three hits in the game and they came from both the top and bottom of the order.  Leadoff hitter Jordan Kreiger had two hits, while No. 9 batter Kayla Clausen had one.  The rest of the team, however, combined on an 0-for-16 night at the plate.  The Broncos had chances in this one, however.  Titans starting pitcher Christina Washington walked seven, but Boise State left nine runners on base.  BSU's best scoring chance came in the sixth when Washington walked the bases loaded and forced the Titans to turn to Desiree Ybarra in the circle.  A groundout endeded the threat.  Cal State Fullerton, which has outscored Boise State 20-4 in their three meetings this year with two shutouts, is now 16-12 on the season.  Box score

Nevada 8, Portland State 0 (6 innings) - The Wolf Pack shut out the Vikings as Megan Sweet had a big day at the plate in Reno.  Sweet hit a grand slam and finished with six RBI, while McKenna Isenberg picked up her second win of the season by allowing four hits.  Of Nevada's seven hits in the game, Sweet and Jasmine Jenkins had two each to lead the way.  Both teams ended the day with a total of six wins on the season -- Nevada is 6-18, while the Vikings are 6-16.  The Pack won consecutive games for the first time this season. Box score

Utah State 8, Santa Clara 1 - In San Diego, the Aggies picked up a win over the Broncos.  Both teams entered the day struggling with just five wins on the season but it was USU (6-14) that came out on top thanks to four extra-base hits, including a home run from Alleyah Armendariz.  Hailey Froton had three RBI, while Nicole Arata had three hits for Utah State.  Santa Clara (5-18) committed a pair of errors on a 90+ degree day in Southern California.  Noelle Johnson earned the complete-game win with a 6-hitter.  Box score