Saturday evening in front of a crowd of 1,410 fans at Margie Wright Diamond, No. 23 Fresno State continued to do what it has done a lot of this season: Win!
The Bulldogs have strung together an amazing 21 straight Mountain West victories spanning two seasons and are off to a blazing 11-0 start in conference play after Saturday's 3-2 win over Utah State.
San Jose St. 9, San Diego St. 2 - In San Jose, the Aztecs and host Spartans were locked in a tight, 1-run game in the sixth inning before San Jose State pushed six runs across -- all with two outs -- to turn a close game into a laugher. Jessica Madrid, with two outs and the bases loaded in a 3-2 game in the sixth, smacked a double to clear the bases, and the rout was on. She finished with three RBI. Taylor Purdy had three hits (including a solo home run) and three RBI for San Jose State, which tied the series at 1-1. Alex Formby, who entered in the second in place of starter Ashley Ercolano, took the loss, allowing six earned runs in 4 1/3. Katelyn Linford went the first six innings to grab the win for SJSU, scattering three hits that included a Jenavee Peres home run. The Spartans are 8-3 in league play and a game under .500 at 19-20 overall. For the Aztecs (5-9, 23-19), there is no longer a margin for error. With 10 games remaining for coach Kathy Van Wyk's team in conference play, SDSU is nine games behind league-leading Fresno State in the loss column.
UNLV 5, Nevada 3 - In Las Vegas, the host Rebels won for just the second time in their past 11 games, taking advantage of four Wolf Pack errors. Morgan Ettinger went the distance, scattering nine hits, to earn the victory. She was in control until a scary top of the seventh when Nevada scored two runs with two outs and put the potential tying run on base. Megan Sweet's 2-run double brought the Pack within a pair of runs in the seventh. On her birthday, Garie Blando led UNLV with three hits, while also stealing three bases and making some key defensive plays as well. The Rebels stole six bases in the game. McKenna Isenberg went the distance for Nevada, allowing eight hits in the loss. Nevada dropped to 7-4 in Mountain West play and 29-9 overall, and the series is now tied at a game apiece. UNLV remains in last place in the conference standings at 4-10, and the Rebels are 20-23 overall.
New Mexico at Colorado State (postponed) - The game between the Rams and Lobos in Fort Collins was postponed by weather and is slated to be made up Sunday.