Friday, March 28, 2014

UNLV now 4-0; Fresno State shuts out Aggies

The second full weekend of Mountain West action began Friday.  UNLV remained perfect with a dramatic road win at San Jose State, Fresno State handed Utah State its first Mountain West loss of the season, Nevada won twice, and Colorado State captured its first conference win.

UNLV 6, San Jose State 4 (12 innings) - The Rebels were down to their last strike and trailing 4-2 in the seventh inning before rallying in San Jose.  The win kept UNLV unbeaten (4-0) in conference play, while San Jose State lost its Mountain West opener.  Amanda Oliveto went the distance, striking out nine and scattering nine hits.  In the seventh, San Jose State got two quick outs and seemed headed for the 4-2 win before the Rebels got singles from Samantha Juarez and Stefany Valentino.  Pauline Monreal, facing an 0-2 count, hit a 2-run double to tie the score and send it to extras.  In the 12th, UNLV got four hits and took advantage of a Spartans error and wild pitch to win it.

Fresno State 6, Utah State 0 - At Bulldog Diamond, pitcher Jill Compton held the Aggies to just three hits in a complete-game shutout and Fresno State knocked Utah State out of first place.  Against reigning conference pitcher of the week Noelle Johnson, it was Compton who was the lights-out thrower on this night.  She retired the final 13 batters she faced and did not allow a base runner after the third inning.  Fresno State, meanwhile, banged out 12 hits against Johnson, with Brenna Moss getting three hits to go along with a couple of nice defensive plays.  Michelle Solomon, Stesha Brazil, and freshman Kierra Willis had two hits each for the Bulldogs, who are now 18-0 vs. Utah State since the 2007 season.  It was Compton's fifth complete-game shutout of the season.

Colorado State 6, Boise State 4 - In Fort Collins, the Rams rallied for five runs with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning en route to a win over the Broncos.  Colorado State trailed 3-1 with two outs in the sixth to hand Boise State pitcher Rebecca Patton her first loss in Mountain West play.  Chelsea O'Connor had a pair of RBI and Shae Rodriguez had two hits as CSU edged Boise State seven to six in hits for the game.  Holly Reinke scattered six hits for the complete-game win for the Rams.

Nevada 13-8, New Mexico 5-0 - The host Wolf Pack won a pair of run-rule decisions over the Lobos in five and six innings, respectively.  In the nightcap, pitcher Megan Dortch threw a 6-inning no-hitter after entering Friday with an 0-2 record in MW play and a 21.00 ERA.  Erin Jones was the hitting star of game two with six RBI, including a 3-run home run and a 2-run double that invoked the run rule.