Friday, March 25, 2016

Thursday Mountain West recaps

Conference play began Thursday for six of the nine Mountain West teams.  Defending conference champion Fresno State, ranked 23rd and 25th in the major polls this week and picked to repeat this season, was idle.  And one league-opening series -- San Jose State at Colorado State -- was snowed out and postponed.  No makeup date has been announced.

San Diego State 6, UNLV 2 - How does a team score six runs on only four hits, especially when three of those hits are singles?  Well, it helps when the opposing team commits a season-high in errors.  That's what happened in Las Vegas as UNLV (0-1, 16-14) committed a whopping six errors to hand the victory to the Aztecs (1-0, 19-10).  SDSU's lone extra-base hit was a 2-run home run from Jaylene Ignacio, and the Aztecs broke a 2-2 tie in the sixth.  The third and fourth innings were the only two innings where the Rebels did not commit an error.  Alex Formy threw 2 2/3 innings of hitless and scoreless relief to pick up the win after starter Erica Romero gave up seven hits and two runs in 4 1/3 innings.  Betrayed by her team's defense, Kwyn Cooper was the tough-luck loser, going the distance and allowing just the aforementioned four hits for UNLV.

Nevada 4, Boise State 3 (8 innings) - In Reno, the Wolf Pack came from behind twice to rally past the Broncos.  Boise State (0-1, 8-21) took a 2-run lead in the top of the eighth inning when Teauna Hughes hit a 2-run home run off eventual winning pitcher Brooke Bolinger.  As has been the case often this season, the Broncos were unable to hold a late lead.  Amanda Nicholas tied it in the bottom of the eighth on a 2-run home run, which was preceded by a walk issued by losing pitcher Paige Reimann.  With two outs in the bottom of the eighth, Kwynn Warner delivered the walk-off home run to win it for Nevada (1-0, 20-5).  Reimann had only allowed a single in 2 2/3 innings of relief prior to the two home runs in the eighth.  Bolinger allowed seven hits.

Utah State 7, New Mexico 4 - A 5-run top of the fifth inning proved to be the difference as the Aggies (1-0, 13-11) surprised the Lobos (0-1, 15-12) in Albuquerque.  New Mexico hit a pair of home runs and had a seemingly comfortable 4-2 lead heading into the fifth inning before Utah State's uprising.  The Aggies got an RBI double from Noelle Johnson (the game's eventual winning pitcher) to cut the Lobos lead to 4-3 in the fifth, and then Libby Pederson tied it with an RBI double of her own.  Sarina Jaramillo pushed USU in front with a run-scoring single, and Victoria Saucedo followed with a 2-run home run to cap the frame.  Johnson threw 6 2/3 innings of relief to pick up the win after UNM scored three runs against Aggies starter April Brown to knock her from the game after just one-third of an inning.  Freshman Colette Robert allowed nine hits and six earned runs to pick up the loss for UNM.