Saturday, March 22, 2014

Bulldogs shatter records in 24-4 romp at Boise State

It was a record-setting day for Fresno State, which established numerous school and conference records in a 24-4 win on the road at Boise State.  The game between the Broncos and Bulldogs was the only one that had a different winner than Friday, as San Diego State, UNLV and Utah State all won again.

Fresno State's 24 runs were the most ever scored by a Mountain West team in any game in history, whether a conference game or not.  The 24 runs also established a new school record (old record was 21, set in 1978), and the Bulldogs' 13 runs in the first inning were a new school and Mountain West single-inning record as well.

Trisha Ford's squad also shattered the school RBI record with 22 (old record, 16) with the five inning romp.  The 24 runs scored broke both the Mountain West overall record of 22, set by BYU vs. Utah Valley (2008) and tied by Utah (vs. Hampton) in 2011.  The previous record in a conference game was 21 runs, originally set by Colorado State.

After scoring just two runs in a 10-inning loss to the Broncos on Friday, Fresno State came out on fire Saturday.  Against freshman pitcher Mackenzie McGill, the Bulldogs sent 16 batters to the plate in the first inning.  McGill failed to record an out and was pulled after the first eight Bulldogs all reached base safely.

Rebecca Patton, who won Friday's game, took over for McGill and didn't fare much better.  After Patton allowed four hits and five earned runs of her own in the first inning, she was pulled with the Broncos trailing 13-0.  At that point, McGill re-entered, and ended up with a line that would read like this:  19 earned runs given up in three innings of work, along with six walks and 12 hits allowed.

And the Bulldogs' hits were big ones.  Vonnie Martin's first inning grand slam set the tone for the day, while Brenna Moss had a pair of hits in the first inning alone.  Paige Gumz, Stesha Brazil and Kelly Megee all went deep with home runs.  Michelle Solomon had a double and triple, and every Bulldog in the starting lineup finished with both hits and runs scored.

For the game, Martin and Megee finished with four RBI.  Moss had four hits and scored four runs.  Brazil, Solomon and Gumz all had three RBI.  Kapri Angotti and Brooke Ortiz both had two RBI as Fresno State pounded out a season-high 17 hits, seven of which went for extra bases.

The 24 runs were not only the most the Bulldogs had ever scored, but the most ever allowed by Boise State.  The 13 runs in the top of the first inning were the most given up by the Broncos in a single inning as well.  Hannah Harris got the complete-game win for Fresno State, scattering nine hits, walking only three, and -- most importantly -- keeping her composure and concentration intact in a game where she sat in the dugout for half innings that sometimes took more than 30 minutes.

Utah State 5, Colorado State 4 -- The Aggies ran their winning streak to seven, notching a series win over the Rams with their second straight victory over Colorado State in Logan.  Noelle Johnson came on relief in the fourth inning and picked up the win, her second in a row over CSU.  Johnson gave up four hits and an unearned run as the Aggies rallied from two runs down.  Hailey Froton had two hits and four RBI, while Sydney Hart had three singles for USU. 

San Diego State 11, New Mexico 3 -- After taking advantage of 14 walks on Friday, the Aztecs were at it again Saturday in Albuquerque, rolling over the host Lobos.  New Mexico's trio of pitchers walked 11 more Aztecs today, and four of those batters ended up scoring.  Patrice Jackson hit her Mountain West-leading 12th home run of the season, and Kayla Jordan and Kaitlin Connors went deep as well.  Erica Romero picked up the win, scattering 10 New Mexico hits.  Despite the lopsided score, UNM was only out-hit 12 to 10.

UNLV 7, Nevada 4 -- The host Rebels came back from a 3-run deficit to defeat their rivals from the north and secure a series win in Las Vegas.  Megan Dortch, who took the loss for the Wolf Pack on Friday, started and took the loss for a second day in a row.  Nevada took a 4-1 lead by pushing four runs across in the top of the second, but from that point it was all Rebels.  Pauline Monreal had a home run and three RBI for UNLV, while Pack third baseman Jasmine Jenkins had to leave the game in the third due to an injury.