Thursday, February 27, 2014

Rainy San Diego Classic begins

Thursday is day one of the San Diego Classic I, and if the weather forecasters are correct, it could be the only day games are played.  With heavy rains predicted for Friday and Saturday, it's unknown how many games will be played those days.  And if it's bad enough, it could make the field unplayable Sunday.  While host SDSU was set to play two games Thursday, the real hurt could come for Colorado State, Fresno State and Utah State, all of whom are scheduled to play five games in San Diego over the weekend.

Meanwhile, Nevada is in Long Beach, which is supposed to see rainy conditions as well.  UNLV hosts a home tourney with showers in the forecast, while Boise State is in Moraga at the St. Mary's tournament with ... wait for it ... showers and wet field conditions forecast at least through Saturday.  Finally, San Jose State heads to the Libby Matson Classic in Stockton this weekend and, well, you know.

We may have just found the cure for the worst drought in California history:  plan a softball tournament and it's sure to begin raining.

Thursday's Mountain West results

San Diego State 2, BYU 0 -- Sophomore pitcher Danielle O'Toole scattered five hits and struck out eight in a shutout win over the Cougars (7-10).  The Aztecs out-hit BYU seven to five, and both teams left eight runners on base.

No. 2 Tennessee 3, San Diego State 1 -- Not many teams in the country get the chance to host the Lady Vols in a non-conference game, but the Aztecs did on Thursday, but couldn't take advantage.  Ellen Renfroe picked up her second win over a Mountain West team in five days, holding SDSU to four hits in a complete-game victory. 

UC Santa Barbara 6, Nevada 4 -- The Gauchos (12-4) came from behind with a 4-run seventh inning to defeat the Wolf Pack in Long Beach.  Nevada trailed 2-1 entering the bottom of the sixth inning before scoring three times to take a 4-2 lead entering the final inning of play.

Long Beach State 4, Nevada 0 -- Pitcher Erin Jones-Wesley allowed three singles and that was all in a shutout of the Wolf Pack.  Nevada committed three errors, leading to a pair of unearned runs.  The 49ers (10-6) had nine hits against Megan Dorth, who went the distance.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Bulldogs, Pack, Aztecs, Spartans reach 10 wins

Sunday concluded the weekend with five Mountain West teams still in action in the ultra-competitive Mary Nutter Classic in Palm Springs.  In the game of the day, Fresno State  pushed 2nd-ranked Tennessee (13-0) to the brink of its first loss of the season.  The Bulldogs led 4-1 before the Lady Vols rallied to tie it in the fifth.  In the bottom of the seventh, a collision between Fresno State infielders Brooke Ortiz and Whitney Smith led to a single and both players had to leave the game.  With a completely restructured team at different positions, Fresno State lost the game in the bottom of the seventh on an error.  The four runs and nine hits by the Bulldogs were the most allowed by Tennessee this season.  Also Sunday, San Jose State wrapped up play in the Bank of Hawaii Invitational, while Nevada ended its weekend at the Grand Canyon tourney.

Sunday's Mountain West scores

Fresno State 6, LIU-Brooklyn 2
2nd-ranked Tennessee 5, Fresno State 4
San Diego State 6, Oklahoma State 0
San Jose State 5, North Carolina 4
Nevada 10, Southern Utah 0
UNLV 6, Cal Poly 0
Cal State Northridge 4, UNLV 2
11th-ranked Nebraska 4, Boise State 0 (Tatum Edwards no-hitter)
Cal Poly 6, New Mexico 1
8th-ranked UCLA 13, New Mexico 0
Long Beach State 17, New Mexico 0 (Late Saturday result)

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Palm Springs action continues Saturday

Five Mountain West teams remain in action Saturday at the nation's toughest in-season tourney in Palm Springs.

Saturday's Mountain West scores

Fresno State 11, Virginia 10
UNLV 11, UC Davis 4
San Jose State 8, St. Mary's 2 
San Jose State 3, St. Mary's 0
No. 25 Texas 5, Fresno State 0
Northwestern 4, San Diego State 2
No. 14 Arizona 14, UNLV 1 (5 innings)
Grand Canyon 13, Nevada 2
Southern Utah 8, Nevada 6
Cal State Fullerton 10, Boise State 3

Friday, February 21, 2014

Bulldogs, Aztecs fall vs. ranked foes

Friday's Mountain West scores

No. 14 Arizona 8, Fresno State 0 (5 innings)
No. 16 Missouri 11, San Diego State 2 (5 innings)
Boise State 4, Pacific 3
North Carolina 1, San Jose State 0
LIU Brooklyn 4, New Mexico 2
Cal State Northridge 5, New Mexico 2
Nevada 6, Southern Utah 4
Grand Canyon 7, Nevada 6

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Palm Springs weekend underway for 5 MW teams

Five Mountain West teams are in action in the nation's best regular-season college softball tournament this weekend in Palm Springs.  Three begin Thursday, with UNLV, Boise State and San Diego State seeing action.  Then Friday, Fresno State and New Mexico take the field in Palm Springs as well, with the Bulldogs set to face three Top 25-ranked opponents on three consecutive days.

UNLV 5, No. 25 Texas 4 -- The Rebels battered Longhorns pitching with 14 hits, including a 3-for-4 performance from Stefany Valentino to knock off 25th-ranked Texas.  Amanda Oliveto gave up only five hits in the complete-game win.

Boise State 10, Oregon State 2 (5 innings)  -- Boise State became the third Mountain West team already this season to defeat a reeling Beavers squad.  Ashley Palmer had four hits and Devon Bridges smacked a home run, while Rebecca Patton scattered seven hits.  Oregon State lost a sixth straight game and suffered an eighth loss in its last nine outings (and the Beavers were run-ruled a second time later Thursday for their 7th straight loss).

Oklahoma 9, Boise State 1 (5 innings) -- The Broncos got a solo home run from Tara Glover in the fourth inning for their only hit and run of the game in a run-rule loss to the defending national champions.  OU, which has already lost as many games in the last two weeks as it did all of last season, got a pair of grand slam home runs in this one.  Erin Miller and Whitney Ellis both hit grand slams for the Sooners.

San Diego State 5, Fordham 4 -- The Aztecs were out-hit 12 to 7 by the Rams, but held off a late Fordham rally for the win.  Danielle O'Toole got the victory, leaving the game after five innings with a 5-1 lead and then having to re-enter in the seventh when reliever Andi Smith faltered.  Smith gave up two hits in the sixth and three more in the seventh, along with three earned runs, before O'Toole came back in to grab the win.  Patrice Jackson hit a solo homer for the Aztecs.

No. 12 Texas A&M 2, San Diego State 1 -- Katie Marks allowed only three hits in A&M's win over the Aztecs.  SDSU was being no-hit until Leia Ruiz led off the sixth with a single and finished with three hits in the game.  After Dominique Dinner hit an RBI double to pull the Aztecs within a run in the sixth, SDSU left runners stranded at second and third base in both the sixth and seventh innings.  O'Toole went the distance, giving up six hits.

Hawaii 11, San Jose State 9 -- In a wild game, Hawaii scored the game's first nine runs, then watched the Spartans rally for nine straight runs of its own.  Jessica Garcia was the hitting star with a 3-run home run and grand slam in her first two at-bats.  Hawaii pitchers walked 11 Spartans batters in the contest, but SJSU pitchers allowed five home runs.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Grading the weekend: week #2

It's time again to give out grades for the previous weekend's action.  And it's hard to believe that we're already heading into week three of the season.  Week #2 saw eight of the nine Mountain West teams in action and results were, in some cases, substantially different from week one.

Fresno State  A
The Bulldogs had a strong weekend and went a perfect 5-0, though the competition wasn't all that stiff.  The win over UC Santa Barbara was a key one, however, snapping the Gauchos' 5-game winning streak.  Only 8th-ranked Texas A&M had defeated UCSB this season prior to Fresno State doing it.  What made the Bulldogs' weekend impressive was how they won:  with excellent pitching (at one point, Fresno State pitchers threw 23 consecutive scoreless innings), in blowout fashion in three games, and in one late-game comeback.  The most telling statistic:  The Bulldogs beat three teams (UCSB, Sacramento State and Cal State Bakersfield) they lost to a season ago during a 30-24 campaign.  It's becoming clear early:  This team is starting to look like the Fresno State of old, and that's a good thing for Bulldog fans.

Nevada B+
It was a second consecutive 4-1 weekend for the Wolf Pack, and Nevada got a nice win over Hawai'i in an 11-2 run-rule rout.  The opponents look better on paper than they do in reality though.  Hawai'i was the only team with a winning record that the Pack faced, and the Wahine aren't the team they've been in recent seasons.  Normally a pitching powerhouse, Hawai'i pitchers allowed a stunning 54 runs in Las Vegas this weekend.  UTEP and Portland State, both of whom were beaten by the Pack, have combined to win just three of 20 games this year.  A 10-6 loss to Chattanooga, which was 1-5 overall entering that game, was a bit odd.  Nevada's non-conference schedule the rest of the way is one of the lightest in the MW, giving the Pack a good chance to post a gaudy record prior to league play.  With a team that appears to be so solid, we would've liked to have seen Nevada challenge itself more in non-conference play.

San Diego State A-
The Aztecs went 4-1 and picked up what looked like a nice win over a ranked Cal team on Friday.  But this year's Cal team is looking like one of the worst Bears teams in years.  Sure we need to put that in perspective.  Cal has been a juggernaut for three decades, but seeing the Bears lose to St. Mary's, San Diego State and Texas State on the same weekend?  Well, that just doesn't happen. Ever.  But it did last weekend.  Also losing to Texas State:  SDSU, which lost at home to the Bobcats.  It's strange, but the Aztecs' best win of the weekend may have come in a 6-1 victory over Cal State Fullerton.  The Titans, who already have beaten defending NCAA champ Oklahoma, are an improved team.

Colorado State B-
The Rams had a 3-2 weekend that included splitting a pair with Rutgers, falling to Oklahoma State, and posting wins over Wichita State and Texas-San Antonio. It was a better than average weekend, but there was nothing eye-opening.  Oklahoma State is generally a very solid opponent and a win there would have been a good one.

San Jose State B-
The Spartans went from 6-0 and receiving Top 25 votes in week one, to a 1-3 finish last weekend.  How does a 1-3 weekend earn a team a B- grade?  Well, playing the likes of Washington and Arizona State will do wonders for the RPI.  Just playing those two is as good -- or better -- than beating average competition.  San Jose State got a win over Michigan State, which is nice.  Losing to Illinois State in a run-rule rout is concerning, as is losing by 17 runs to Washington.  But when it comes to the RPI, losing to the Huskies by 17 runs is no worse than losing by a run in extra innings.  We give points for at least scheduling the big powerhouse teams.

Boise State  B-
After a 1-4 opening weekend, the Broncos bounced back by going a respectable 3-2 in Las Vegas.  Beating Chattanooga is a feather in the cap of Boise State, especially since Nevada lost to the same team.  Wins over Utah Valley and UTEP mean little in the grand scheme of things.  Being run-ruled by Cal State Northridge 12-2 in five innings is alarming, as is the fact Boise State has been run-ruled four times already this season.  The Broncos are turning out to be a team that's very hard to read early in the year.

It was the second straight 1-win weekend for the Rebels at home.  UNLV is a mystery because it has played such a daunting schedule.  The Rebels pushed Oregon to the brink, just like Fresno State did the previous weekend, with UNLV falling 3-1 in 10 innings.  The lone win came over Utah Valley, and the Rebels are allowing six or more runs in 70% of their games so far.

New Mexico D
The Lobos went winless (0-4) and are now 1-8 on the season.  Two of the losses this past weekend are quality defeats to Arizona and Alabama, even if they were both blowouts.  Losing to Tennessee State and Grand Canyon, however?  Not good.  Tennessee State was 244th in the RPI last season, and Grand Canyon is a transitioning Division I school still ineligible to compete for an NCAA berth.  UNM would get an F grade if not for gaining those RPI points by playing Bama and Arizona.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Fresno State completes perfect 5-0 weekend

Fresno State President Joseph I. Castro threw the 1st pitch Sunday

Fresno State completed a perfect 5-0 weekend Sunday, while Nevada took care of Hawai'i, and San Diego State edged St. Mary's to go 4-1 on Sunday.  In the end, those three teams sit atop the Mountain West with 8-2 overall records.

It was Trisha Ford's Fresno State squad that posted a pair of wins today, run-ruling Cal State Bakersfield 9-1 in six innings before beating UC Santa Barbara 6-5 in eight innings.  The Bulldogs won their fifth consecutive game, while also snapping the Gauchos' 5-game winning streak.  UCSB dropped to 6-3, and Fresno State remained undefeated (8-0) against teams ranked outside the nation's top 10.  The only teams to defeat the Bulldogs this year are Oregon and Arizona State, who are a combined 20-1.

Nevada jumped all over a Hawai'i team that is clearly missing its top pitchers Stephanie Ricketts and Kaia Parnaby, mainstays over the past few years.  UH, which has struggled even in its wins this season, was blasted 11-2 in five innings by the Wolf Pack.  Nevada went 4-1 this weekend, with its only loss coming in a 10-6 setback to Chattanooga.

San Diego State also finished 4-1 this weekend with a 3-2 win in eight innings over St. Mary's.  The Aztecs bounced back from a loss at home to Texas State on Saturday.

Elsewhere, Boise State picked up a win over Utah Valley and some other Mountain West teams struggled.

Sunday's scores

Fresno State 9, Cal State Bakersfield 1 (6 innings)
Fresno State 6, UC Santa Barbara 5 (8 innings)
Nevada 11, Hawai'i 2 (5 innings)
San Diego State 3, St. Mary's 2 (8 innings)
Boise State 8, Utah Valley 1
Long Beach State 7, UNLV 6
Rutgers 10, Colorado State 6
Tennessee State 6, New Mexico 4

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Fresno's Compton posts shutout win; Nevada scores 20

Saturday's results

Fresno State 2, Southern Utah 0
UNLV 7, Utah Valley 2
Grand Canyon 4, New Mexico 2
Alabama 9, New Mexico 0 (5 inn)
Chattanooga 10, Nevada 6
Nevada 20, BYU 10
Illinois St. 11, San Jose State 3 (5 inn)
Arizona St. 7, San Jose State 4
Texas State 4, San Diego State 2
Colorado St. 8, Wichita St. 3
Colorado St. 6, UTSA 4
Boise St. 16, UTEP 9
Minnesota 11, Boise State 2 (5 inn)

Friday, February 14, 2014

Aztecs, Bulldogs, Wolf Pack post Friday sweeps

UNLV vs. Oregon, Feb. 14, 2014, in Las Vegas

Friday's results

San Diego State 12, South Dakota 2 (5 innings)
San Diego State 7, 23rd-ranked California 3
Fresno State 5, Sacramento State 1
Fresno State 5, UC Riverside 0 
Nevada 4, UTEP 0
Nevada 6, Portland State 2
Boise State 2, Chattanooga 1
Cal State Northridge 12, Boise State 2 (5 innings)
Colorado State 4, Rutgers 2
Oklahoma State 6, Colorado State 3
San Jose State 7, Michigan State 2
3rd-ranked Washington 18, San Jose State 1 (5 innings)
10th-ranked Oregon 3, UNLV 1 (10 innings)
22nd-ranked Minnesota 6, UNLV 0
24th-ranked Arizona 8, New Mexico 0 (5 innings)

Monday, February 10, 2014

Grading the weekend: week #1

It's time to grade the weekend results of each Mountain West team.  We'll do this each week during the season, keeping one thing in mind -- these grades mean absolutely nothing.  Yes, they're fun to talk about but they're far from official and everyone has their own version of how the weekend went.  And remember -- it changes each week and there will likely be ups and downs for everyone.  Here's our week one take:

San Jose State  A
Some may think the Spartans deserve an A+ for a 6-0 start.  Sure they finished a perfect weekend and that's impressive, but it's hard to point to a single win that will mean anything in May.  Creighton is the only team SJSU beat that finished with a winning record last season, and none of the six teams the Spartans beat advanced to last year's NCAA Tournament.  If there's any reason for concern, it's that SJSU had to come from behind late to win three of its six games.  Conversely, you can look at it this way:  The mark of a great team is its ability to come back.

Colorado State  A-
The Rams went 4-1, surprising some people.  The wins over Oregon State and Utah are both solid, despite the fact the Beavers and Utes were both underwhelming this past weekend.  Beating two Pac-12 teams in the same weekend though?  That's a great sign, particularly the win over Oregon State. CSU would've been an A+ if it hadn't fallen in a surprise to Cal State Northridge.  That loss could hurt down the road.

San Diego State  B-
The Aztecs went 4-1, but weren't as impressive as many thought they'd be.  The win over Oregon State is a nice one.  The blowout 13-1 loss in five innings to Stanford?  A bit shocking.  Causing some concern also is the fact that no pitcher aside from Danielle O'Toole got a win, and the Aztecs struggled and nearly lost to Appalachian State in a 7-6 game that went to extra innings.  By most teams' standards, it was a good weekend.  By the standards of a team searching for a 7th straight NCAA bid, it was so-so.

Nevada  B+
The win over BYU should be a good one as the season goes along, but the Cougars were far from impressive this weekend.  Helping Nevada's grade:  consecutive shutout wins on Sunday over East Carolina and Utah Valley.  Those aren't great opponents, but the fact the Pack handled them with ease (thanks to some fine pitching) says what we knew all along:  Nevada won't be an easy out.  The loss to Idaho State is somewhat troubling, especially considering that the Bengals have won four times vs. the Pack in the last two seasons.

Utah State  B
Just one week into the season, a lot of eyes are fixated on the Aggies, who shocked many with four wins.  To understand the magnitude of that feat, consider this:  Utah State didn't win its fourth game of the year last season until March 16.  This time, it did it on February 9 -- a full five weeks earlier.  Wins over Nebraska-Omaha, East Carolina and Texas-Arlington aren't going to knock anyone's socks off nationally, but they're solid victories, especially for a program that was just plain bad last season.  If we had a Surprise of the Week honor, it would go to Utah State. 

Fresno State  A-
Despite going 3-2, the Bulldogs earn an A- because they probably came up with the biggest win in the conference by virtue of a 1-0 shutout of defending ACC champion North Carolina State.  The Wolfpack were 27th in's rankings entering the game.  Fresno State easily handled both Appalachian State and UC Riverside, and narrowly missed a monster upset in a 10-9, extra inning loss to 8th-ranked Oregon.  Just facing the Ducks and 7th-ranked Arizona State should give the Bulldogs an RPI boost, and the close call with Oregon lets Fresno State know it's close to a return to prominence.

Boise State  D+
The Broncos would've been looking at a D- (or even an F) if they didn't pick up their first win in program history over a team from the Pac-12.  Beating Utah is a good win, if only because it helps in the RPI when you beat a team from the nation's best conference.  Aside from that, Boise State struggled in a major way.  The Broncos were outscored 32-3 following their win over Utah, going 0-4.  Five errors in a single inning led to 11 runs in the top of the first for Northwestern, marking the most runs allowed by a BSU team in a single inning.  Boise State didn't shy away from a strong schedule this weekend, playing a solid set of opponents, but we expected closer games.  So it's a disappointment.

New Mexico  D
There is certainly no shame in being run-ruled by Arizona State in Tempe.  Being blasted 10-0 in five innings by Portland State is another matter.  Pitching is a big concern.  UNM allowed eight or more runs in each of its five contests on the season's opening weekend.  That has to improve.  The schedule was rigorous to say the least.  ASU, Cal and Northwestern are all tough.  But struggling in an 11-10 win over UC Riverside (the Lobos' only victory) may say the most about this team.

Freshman Morgan Ettinger got a victory this weekend.  Senior Amanda Oliveto did not.  That, in itself, is a shock.  UNLV had difficulties at home, getting outscored 37-16 against a quality slate of opponents.  Washington and Baylor were going to be hard to beat no matter where those games were played, but the one loss that really stings?  An 8-4 Sunday setback at home to the Toreros of San Diego.  The Rebels trailed 8-1 before trying to rally late.  With a non-conference schedule that is packed with strong teams, UNLV will have to improve quickly.  If there's a bright side:  the RPI should be good if the Rebels can go on a little winning streak in the next couple of weeks. 

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Sunday's results wrap up the weekend

The weekend is complete, and four teams (Colorado State, Fresno State, Nevada and San Diego State) all posted wins over squads that advanced to the 2013 NCAA Tournament.  From a rankings standpoint, Fresno State notched the biggest win -- a 1-0 shutout of defending ACC champion North Carolina State, which entered the week at No. 27 in the ESPN/USA Softball poll, just outside the Top 25.  The MW picked up four wins over the Pac-12, with all four victories coming over Utah and Oregon State.  The victors over the Beavers and Utes:  Colorado State beat both, while San Diego State beat the Beavers and Boise State beat Utah.  The MW finished 0-8 versus the Top 25, with Fresno State narrowly missing a win over No. 8 Oregon, falling 10-9 in eight innings on the international tiebreak rule.

Fresno State, San Diego State and San Jose State went a combined 13-0 versus unranked opponents.  The combined three losses came against 7th-ranked Oregon, 8th-ranked Arizona State, and 22nd-ranked Stanford.

Sunday's results were as follows:

San Jose State 8, Bradley 4 - The Spartans rallied again, scoring all eight of their runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to rally past the Braves.  SJSU improved to 6-0 and is off to its best start since 1991. 

No. 7 Arizona State 7, Fresno State 0 - The host Sun Devils (6-0) took advantage of a shaky Fresno State defense early, and Dallas Escobedo looked 100% worthy of her All-American status in ASU's win in Tempe.  Fresno State had only two hits against Escobedo, but the Bulldogs did avoid a run-rule loss.  Arizona State had run-ruled its last three opponents (New Mexico, NC State and Penn State) prior to meeting the Bulldogs.

Nevada 10, East Carolina 0 (5 innings) - A day after they were run-ruled by Utah State, East Carolina took it on the chin against another Mountain West team in Nevada.  The Wolf Pack took advantage of five ECU (2-3) errors, and Karley Hopkins' three hits (including a double) led the way.

Colorado State 11, Utah 5 - A key, 2-out error by the Utes opened the floodgates and the Rams hit three late home runs to rally from a 3-run deficit.  Utah was up 5-4 in the fifth inning when a 2-out error allowed CSU to take its first lead.  Shae Rodriguez followed with a 3-run home run and the Rams sent Utah (2-3) home with its second loss to a Mountain West team in Tempe.

No. 8 Oregon 9, Boise State 0 (5 innings) - The Broncos suffered their fourth straight loss and second run-rule loss in a row.  After beginning the season with a 6-1 victory over Utah, Boise State was outscored 32-3 the remainder of the weekend against four quality opponents in Creighton, NC State, Northwestern and Oregon (4-1).

Nevada 9, Utah Valley 0 - Megan Dortch tossed a 1-hitter as the Wolf Pack completed a 4-1 weekend with a win over the Thunderbirds (0-6) in St. George.  Dortch struck out seven and walked four.

Cal State Northridge 4, Colorado State 2 - The Rams ended the weekend with a surprising loss to the Matadors in Tempe after four consecutive wins to begin the season.

Utah State 6, Nebraska-Omaha 0 - Noelle Johnson pitched a complete-game 2-hitter and struck out 16 to defeat the Mavericks in St. George, Utah.  The Aggies finished the weekend with a 4-2 record.  Last year, when it won just 11 games, Utah State didn't pick up its fourth win until March 16.

San Diego 8, UNLV 4 - In Las Vegas, the host Rebels lost in the Sportco Kick-Off to the Toreros.  USD built a 7-run lead and UNLV came to life with three runs in the bottom of the sixth, but that was it.  The Rebels finished 1-4 in their home tourney to begin the season.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Saturday's results: A lot of runs for MW teams

Saturday's results

Fresno State 11, Appalachian State 3 (6 innings) - The Bulldogs run-ruled the defending Southern Conference champions in Tempe by jumping out to an early lead and coasting.  Fresno State scored six runs in the first inning on six hits and never looked back.  Stesha Brazil was one of five Bulldogs players with multiple-hit games. She finished with four RBI and now has a total of nine thru four games.

Utah State 12, East Carolina 3 (5 innings) - The Aggies got a run-rule rout of the Pirates in St. George, Utah, with pitcher Noelle Johnson going the distance.

New Mexico 11, UC Riverside 10 - The Lobos jumped to a big 7-run lead and held on in a squeaker over the Highlanders.  Jasmine Casados hit her first career home run for New Mexico in the win.

Fresno State 8, UC Riverside 1 - Jill Compton tossed a complete-game 3-hitter as the Bulldogs blasted the Highlanders.  Michelle Solomon went 3-for-4 with a double, triple, and four RBI.

San Jose State 6, Cal Poly 5 (8 innings) - The Spartans clipped the Mustangs in extra innings inTempe.  It marked the first time in five games this season that SJSU did not reach double-digits in the runs column. A 3-run top of the eighth (with the ITB in effect) gave SJSU a 6-3 lead before Cal Poly responded with two in the bottom of the frame.

San Jose State 10, Indiana 7 - It's a perfect 5-0 start on the season for the Spartans after a late rally was enough to overcome the Hoosiers.  A pair of sixth inning home runs broke a 7-all tie for San Jose State.

Idaho State 11, Nevada 5 - Old nemesis Idaho State did it again.  The Bengals beat the Wolf Pack for the fourth time in the last two seasons with a victory in St. George, Utah.  The teams met four times last season, with Idaho State winning three times.

Portland State 10, New Mexico 0 (5 innings) - The Vikings scored every time they came to bat in a romp over the Lobos.  UNM had four hits in the game, and Lobos starter Lisa Rodrigues gave up six runs (five earned) in 2 2/3 innings.

NC State 6, Boise State 1 - Wolfpack pitcher Emily Weiman made sure her NC State team didn't lose to a Mountain West team for the second game in a row.  After losing to Fresno State Friday, NC State used a pair of 3-run innings to power past the Broncos.  Weiman earned the complete-game win.

Late Saturday games

Washington 7, UNLV 1
Colorado St. 3, Oregon State 2 (8 innings - ITB)
San Diego St. 6, Cal Poly 3
Northwestern 13, Boise State 2 (5 innings)
Baylor 7, UNLV 3
San Diego St. 7, Seattle U. 2

Friday, February 7, 2014

Five MW teams open their seasons Friday

Friday's results

Fresno State 1, NC State 0 - Sophomore pitcher Jill Compton tossed a 2-hit shutout in her first game of 2014 as the Bulldogs knocked off the defending ACC champion Wolfpack in Tempe.  Compton didn't allow a runner to advance past second base in the contest.  NC State received votes in both major preseason polls, entering the game ranked 27th by ESPN and 32nd by the NFCA.

Boise State 6, Utah 1 - Broncos score the game's final six runs to pick up their first win in program history over a Pac-12 opponent.  Boise State had beaten Utah in the past, but that was when the Utes were a Mountain West member.

Nevada 10, BYU 9 - The Wolf Pack lost a 5-run lead, then rallied from three runs down in the sixth inning to win a wild game over the Cougars in St. George, Utah.  Nevada scored four times in the sixth inning to win its season opener.  BYU, which was stunned by Weber State in its opener Thursday, fell to 1-2.

#22 Stanford 13, San Diego St. 1 (5 innings) - The Cardinal pounded the Aztecs with an explosive 8-run top of the fifth inning.  Freshman Erica Romero lasted 1 2/3 innings in her second career start.  San Diego State had more errors (3) than hits (2) in the game.

#8 Oregon 10, Fresno State 9 (8 innings) - The Bulldogs couldn't hold a 5-run lead and left the bases loaded in both the seventh and eighth innings of their first season-opening loss since 2007.  Fresno State committed a pair of errors and had a passed ball, allowing Oregon to score four costly, unearned runs.

Creighton 4, Boise State 0 - Despite out-hitting the Blue Jays, the Broncos couldn't come up with a clutch hit in a surprising shutout loss.

Nevada 4, Southern Utah 2 - Jasmine Jenkins went 3-for-3 as the Wolf Pack won its second game of the day.

Grand Canyon 5, Utah State 3 - The Aggies lost their second straight game in the Red Desert Classic, falling to the first-year WAC members.

Arkansas 12, UNLV 4 (5 innings) - The Rebels were run-ruled at home in their season opening game that was part of the Sportco Classic in Las Vegas.

Northwestern 10, New Mexico 0 (5 innings) - The Wildcats blanked the Lobos in Tempe.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Opening day results - Thursday, Feb. 6

The season got underway today with Utah State, San Jose State, San Diego State and New Mexico in action.  The Aztecs won a pair of thrillers, needing big comebacks late in victories over Appalachian State and Oregon State.  All MW teams will get underway Friday.  Fresno State, which opens vs. 8th-ranked Oregon at 12:30 pm PT in Tempe Friday, still has not departed for its trip as of 8:15 pm Thursday, following major flight delays.

Today's results

Utah State 8, Southern Utah 0

San Jose State 11, Creighton 2

Idaho State 10, Utah State 7

San Diego State 7, Appalachian State 6 (8 innings) - Highly-touted freshman pitcher Erica Romero made her Aztecs debut and gave up six hits and four runs in four innings.  The Aztecs trailed 6-3 in the seventh, and managed to send the game to extras on a 2-run homer by Kayla Bufardeci.  Appalachian State had 12 hits against three SDSU pitchers, with Danielle O'Toole grabbing the win.

San Diego State 6, Oregon State 3 - SDSU scored five times in the sixth inning to erase a 3-1 deficit.  Home runs from Patrice Jackson (a solo shot) and Kaitlin Connors (2-run HR) highlighted the sixth as the Aztecs took advantage of two OSU errors and three walks in that frame alone. 

7th-ranked Arizona State 9, New Mexico 0 (5 innings) - The Sun Devils hit three homers and pushed seven runs across in the fourth inning in a run-rule rout in Tempe.