Friday, April 17, 2015

FRIDAY: Bulldogs take over sole possession of first place

There were just three games played in Mountain West softball action Friday as the first game of the San Diego State-Colorado State series was postponed by weather.  The two teams will play a doubleheader to begin that series on Saturday.  With SDSU idle, Fresno State took advantage and moved into sole possession of first place with a 4-2 win over Boise State.  The Bulldogs looked flat again at home, which has been a concern at times this season.  It prompted head coach Trisha Ford to say afterwards, "We'll go back and look at film and make some adjustments but I was not pleased with our performance tonight."  But Fresno State, which has scored 52 runs on the road in conference play compared to 29 at home, had Jill Compton on its side Friday and she was the difference again at Margie Wright Diamond.  The junior right-hander struck out four and allowed just one earned run to pick up her 20th win of the year.  Compton won her seventh consecutive start in conference play.  Fresno State took a 2-0 lead in the first on a Kierra Willis 2-run single, but Willis was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double.  After BSU scored a run to cut its deficit in half, Alyssa Villalpando hit a home run to make it a 3-1 Bulldog lead.  Villalpando's blast came on the first pitch of the bottom of the fourth inning.  In the sixth, Bria Kennedy stretched it to 4-1 on an RBI double, but she was thrown out trying to extend that hit into a triple as Fresno State had a few base running issues.  Each team committed two errors and the Bulldogs' miscue with one out in the seventh inning nearly proved costly as Boise State scored on a Makenna Weir groundout following a pair of singles.  Compton got a groundout to end it when BSU had the potential tying run at second base.  Nicole Wilson allowed five hits, four runs (three earned) and took the loss.  Fresno State improved to 12-4 in conference play and 31-14 overall, matching its win total for the entire 2014 season.  Boise State dropped to 2-11 and 10-33 ... In San Jose, Utah State scored the game's first two runs before watching San Jose State come back with five unanswered for a 5-2 Spartans victory.  USU had five of its eight hits in the first two innings to go on top early but could have had more.  An Aggies base runner was ruled out at home on a very close play in the first, and Utah State left the bases loaded in the second versus Allison Lang.  Sarah Chow singled to lead off the game and later scored in the first inning of a game where she had three hits to lead both teams.  Noelle Johnson, USU's starting pitcher was throwing well early before SJSU rallied with three in the fourth and two more in the sixth.  A 2-run single by Michelle Cox in the fourth gave the Spartans their first lead and she finished with a pair of hits and three RBI as SJSU out-hit Utah State nine to eight.  Nicole Schultz had two hits and two RBI for the Spartans.  San Jose State moved to 9-4 in Mountain West play, a game and a half behind the Bulldogs and a game behind the Aztecs, but with the tiebreak advantage against both.  Utah State saw its record in conference play fall to .500 at 8-8 and lost a third straight game ... In Reno, game one of the Governor's Series between UNLV and Nevada went to the Rebels by a 10-5 score.  This one was all UNLV early as the Rebs went in front 7-0 in the top of the third.  Jamie DePippo's 3-run blast was the key hit of the third inning, and the Rebels got another 3-run homer later as Janine Petmecky hit one in the seventh.  Petmecky's home run was a big one because Nevada had scored five unanswered runs to cut the 7-run deficit to just two.  UNLV's Samantha Juarez had four hits and scored three runs in a game where the teams combined to use five pitchers and commit six errors -- including four by the Rebels.  Megan Dortch, who allowed six earned runs in 2 1/3 took the loss for Nevada, while Kwyn Cooper picked up the victory in relief.  Alyssa Cordova had three hits and three RBI for UNLV, which moved over .500 in Mountain West play for the first time at 7-6.  Nevada remained in eighth place at 3-10.