Saturday, March 29, 2014

Bulldogs win their 20th straight vs. Utah State

Just two games were officially played in the Mountain West on Saturday as weather played an issue.  Both Fresno State and Colorado State picked up series victories by winning for the second day in a row.  San Jose State and UNLV were in a 1-1 tie in the top of the fourth inning when their game was suspended by rain.  It will resume Sunday at 11 am in San Jose.

Fresno State 8, Utah State 0 (5 innings) - It was more of the same for Fresno State, which dominated Utah State in a run-rule rout at Bulldog Diamond.  Sophomore Hannah Harris improved to 2-0 in Mountain West play with a 2-hit shutout.  It was the Bulldogs' second consecutive shutout of the Aggies, who entered the series unbeaten and in first place in the conference standings.  Fresno State won for the 20th straight time in this series against the Aggies, including 19 consecutive wins since the start of the 2007 season.  Aggies starting pitcher Noelle Johnson, who had an 8-game personal win streak end Friday in a 6-0 loss to the Bulldogs, ran into trouble again.  Johnson lasted four innings and has now allowed 19 hits and 12 runs to the Bulldogs after going 3-0 a week ago to earn MW Pitcher of the Week honors.  The first four batters in the Fresno State lineup combined for six hits, four RBI and four runs scored.  All nine Bulldog starters reached base safely, with Brooke Ortiz and Stesha Brazil getting a pair of hits each.  Whitney Smith had a 2-run double in the fifth inning to invoke the run rule, and the Bulldogs stole four bases to give them 11 steals in the first two games of the series.

Colorado State 10, Boise State 6 - The Rams rallied from a 3-run deficit, scoring eight of the game's final nine runs to take game two of the series in Fort Collins.  Haley Hutton went 3-for-3 with a pair of RBI as the Rams came back from deficits of 3-0 and 5-2.  Boise State out-hit Colorado State 12 to 11, but the Broncos stranded 12 base runners in the game.  Three Broncos errors led to four unearned runs for the Rams.  Freshman pitcher Larisa Petakoff got the win for CSU - her first in Mountain West play - by allowing one run over the game's final 4 2/3 innings.  She scattered seven hits as Boise State threatened to score several times.  The Broncos left the bases loaded three times in a four inning stretch of the contest.