Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Fresno State, San Diego State sweep DHs

The only mid-week conference series of the season ended on Wednesday, and all four series were sweeps.

Fresno State and San Diego State swept doubleheaders today, while Utah State and UNLV picked up victories in single games.  The Bulldogs, Aztecs, Aggies and Rebels all won three games in two days.

Fresno State 4, New Mexico 0 - Hannah Harris pitched a 4-hit shutout and the Bulldogs took advantage of wildness by UNM's pitchers.  New Mexico walked 12 batters in the game and Lobos starter Lauren Soles hit four Fresno State batters as the Bulldogs continually had runners aboard but left a season-high 14 stranded. Bria Kennedy was walked three times and had a pair of RBI.  Michelle Solomon reached base safely in all four plate appearances, going 1-for-1 with a walk and two hit-by-pitches a night after getting three hits and three RBI.  Harris had little trouble in this one and did not walk a batter.

Fresno State 4, New Mexico 1 - Jill Compton tossed a complete-game 3-hitter and was untouchable for nearly her entire outing once again.  The reigning Mountain West Pitcher of the Week was five outs from her second perfect game of the season before UNM got its only run of the game on its first hit, a solo homer just over the right field fence by Lisa Rodrigues.  The Bulldogs had nine hits against UNM's Krissy Fortner, including Solomon's 2-run double in the third that gave them a 2-0 lead.  The two RBI gave Solomon 39 on the year, a new career single-season best.  Brenna Moss and Whitney Smith both had two hits that included doubles for both, while Kierra Willis hit her conference-leading sixth triple and had an RBI.  Kennedy added a pair of hits.  With half of its conference schedule completed, Fresno State has a pitching staff ERA of 1.04 in Mountain West games.  That figure is ahead of the all-time MW record of 1.09, a mark established by San Diego State 12 years ago.

San Diego St. 14, Nevada 3 (5 innings) - Trailing 3-1 in the fourth inning, the Aztecs took advantage of two Wolf Pack errors in the frame to score nine runs en route to a run-rule victory.  Six of the nine runs SDSU scored in that fourth inning were unearned in a game that featured four errors and a whopping 12 unearned runs.  Seven of San Diego State's 12 hits in the contest went for extra bases, including six doubles, two of which came from Kayla Jordan.  Lorena Bauer hit her Mountain West-leading 12th home run of the season.  Megan Sweet's 2-run home run in the third was part of a 3-run inning when Nevada took a brief 3-1 lead.  Three SDSU pitchers were used in the 5-inning contest.

San Diego St. 9, Nevada 7 - The Aztecs scored three runs in the top of the seventh to go in front 9-2 and they would need those insurance runs as Nevada rallied in a big way in the bottom of the inning.  Jennifer Purcell hit a grand slam with one out in the bottom of the seventh to make it a 9-7 game but that was as close as Nevada could make it on a day the Wolf Pack committed five errors in the doubleheader.  The two unearned runs in the nightcap were the difference as each team finished with seven earned.  Just like in the first game between the two teams today, SDSU went with three pitchers in a "pitching by committee" attempt to keep arms fresh for this weekend's big clash with power-hitting San Jose State.  The Aztecs finished with 12 hits, including a home run by Samantha Camello.  In addition to Purcell's round-tripper, one of Nevada's 10 hits was a home run by Alyssa Mendez.

UNLV 12, Boise State 11 (8 innings) - In a season full of very little but heartbreaking losses, the Broncos were handed another Wednesday in Las Vegas.  For the second straight game, Boise State was unable to hold a lead with three outs to go.  The Broncos were able to rally for three runs in the top of the seventh to force extra innings and pull into a 10-10 tie though.  UNLV committed one of its three errors in the contest with two outs in the seventh to allow a pair of runs to score and tie it up.  Morgan Ettinger also hit a pair of BSU batters in the frame.  In the eighth, Teauna Hughes doubled to lead things off, and Kayla Clausen gave the Broncos a 1-run lead with a sacrifice fly.  But in the bottom of the frame, freshman shortstop Sara Ketelsleger's second error of the game put a Rebels runner on base to begin that inning.  After a sacrifice bunt, BSU pitcher Nicole Wilson hit a batter, and Samantha Juarez singled to tie it.  Emily Haslinger then hit the game-winner to send Boise State to a 16th consecutive loss.  Kwyn Cooper pitched the final 1 1/3 to grab the win and the teams combined for six errors.  Senior Devon Bridges had three hits, giving her 219 for her career and breaking the Boise State school record for most in a career.

Utah State 5, Colorado State 3 - The Aggies got a 2-out home run from Alleyah Armendariz to snap a 2-2 tie in the sixth on their way to a win over the Rams.  Colorado State, after winning two in San Jose last weekend, has dropped four in a row and is a surprising 0-6 in Mountain West play at home.  Utah State scored a pair of runs in the seventh to go in front 5-2, and after Aggies pitcher Noelle Johnson gave up a run in the bottom of the frame, CSU had runners at second and third base, meaning the tying run was in scoring position.  Johnson escaped the jam and Utah State, for the second day in a row, denied Colorado State a win when the Rams had the potential game-tying runs in scoring position.  Johnson scattered seven hits and overcame five walks for the victory.  Hailey Froton had three hits, including a double, and three RBI to lead the way for the Aggies.