Friday, March 21, 2014

Wild games on day one of MW play

Home teams won extra-inning thrillers, a wild late meltdown took place, and one team flexed its muscles for seven runs in one inning to highlight opening day of Mountain West play.

Boise State 3, Fresno State 2 (10 innings) -  In Boise, the home team won a thrilling, 10-inning affair.  The Broncos scored on a squeeze play in the 10th after both teams blew scoring chances late in this one.  Fresno State had a 2-0 lead at one point and loaded the bases in the seventh with one out and the top of its lineup coming to bat, but failed to score.  Jill Compton and Rebecca Patton went the distance, with both throwing over 150 pitches.  Fresno State lost its conference opening game for the first time in 11 years, while also losing for the fourth straight time in Boise, dating back to the 2011 season when the two were WAC members.

Utah State 1, Colorado State 0 (9 innings) - In a tight, scoreless pitcher's duel between Noelle Johnson and Holly Reinke, it was Johnson who came out on top.  She struck out 14 and matched Reinke with a complete-game 4-hitter.  Paxton Provost delivered the game-winning hit after a CSU error played a role in the ninth inning.  The Rams, off to their best start in a quarter century, saw their 5-game win streak snapped.  Utah State, which lost its first six games in WAC play a year ago, won its sixth straight game overall.

San Diego State 11, New Mexico 9 - It may have been opening day of conference play, but there may not be a wilder game this season.  San Diego State was just one strike away from losing in the seventh inning before rallying against a New Mexico team that struggled to find the strike zone all game long.  UNM pitchers issued a staggering 14 walks, including three in a row in the seventh when the Aztecs had to rally from an 8-6 deficit.  Danielle O'Toole got the win despite allowing a career-high eight earned runs.  The win was the 600th for coach Kathy Van Wyk.

UNLV 13, Nevada 1 (5 innings) - UNLV scored seven times in the bottom of the first inning to storm to a huge lead against the Wolf Pack, and never looked back in a rout in Las Vegas.  Amanda Oliveto got the win, while Nevada's Megan Dortch struggled in the loss.  Every Rebels player who had an official at-bat in the contest either scored a run or got a hit.