Saturday, April 25, 2015

Bulldogs win their 6th in a row; Spartans, Aztecs win too

The top three teams entering Mountain West play Saturday all won to remain atop the conference leaderboard.

Fresno State clinched a series win over Nevada and won its sixth straight game.  San Jose State run-ruled UNLV for a second day in a row.  San Diego State rebounded from a heartbreaking loss on Friday with a come-from-behind win over New Mexico.  And in a game between a pair of teams at the bottom of the conference standings, Colorado State outlasted Boise State in nine innings.

Fresno State 5, Nevada 3 - The Bulldogs ran their winning streak to a season-best six games and won for the 11th time in their last 12 by defeating the Wolf Pack.  Pitcher Jill Compton won her 10th consecutive start and picked up her 24th win of the year, running her scoreless innings streak to 20 2/3 innings before Nevada finally scored.  Fresno State got a multi-hit game from Paige Gumz and a two RBI night from Whitney Smith, who moved her batting average above .400 in MW play.  All nine Bulldogs in the lineup reached base safely in the game, and Kierra Willis tripled for the second game in a row, giving her a conference-best eight on the season.  Hannah Harris threw two hitless innings to grab the save after Nevada erased a 5-0 deficit in the fifth with three runs on four hits and a Bulldog error.

San Diego State 5, New Mexico 4 (8 innings) - Lorena Bauer hit a walk-off solo home run in the bottom of the eighth inning as the Aztecs rallied for a come-from-behind win over the Lobos.  New Mexico never trailed until Bauer's shot in the eighth and gave up a late lead in the bottom of the sixth inning on a fluke play.  With two outs and the bases loaded, UNM hurler Lisa Rodrigues struck out Kayla Bufardeci on a swinging third strike, but the ball got away on a wild pitch, allowing Bufardeci to reach first base and pinch runner Zaria Meshack to score from third and tie it.  The Lobos out-hit SDSU nine to eight, but starting pitcher Lauren Soles walked eight batters in just 2 1/3 innings.  Soles' walks led to two runs on just one Aztec hit.

San Jose State 10, UNLV 0 (5 innings) - The Spartans took advantage of all of their scoring opportunities, while the Rebels had plenty of chances but couldn't muster much of an offense despite a slew of early base runners.  UNLV starting pitcher Morgan Ettinger walked the first two batters of the game and both came around to score, while the Rebels had Kwyn Cooper take over in the second and she walked a pair as well.  SJSU surged to a big lead, getting 3-hit efforts from Jessica Madrid and Erin Rodriguez.  Allison Lang limited the damage in the circle for SJSU, despite UNLV threatening with runners at second and third base with just one out in each of the first three innings.  The Rebels were unable to come up with a clutch hit and were doomed from that point, stranding eight in the first four innings.

Colorado State 8, Boise State 5 (9 innings) - The Rams scored four in the top of the ninth en route to a win over the Broncos.  In a 4-4 tie in extra innings, Colorado State got an RBI double by Shae Rodriguez, followed by an RBI single by freshman Savannah Clark and a 2-run homer by Jaelyn Manzanares.  Boise State got a run in the bottom of the ninth but couldn't get any closer.  CSU pitcher Logan Losh improved to 4-1 with the victory, giving up four hits and a pair of earned runs in 4 1/3 innings of relief.  Rodriguez had four hits for the Rams, while Clark had four RBI in a 14-hit attack.  Colorado State was able to overcome another in a long line of shaky defensive performances this season, committing four errors in the game.