Sophomore Mattie Snow threw a complete game, shuting out an Otter team that has four batters hitting over .400. She held them to three hits and struck out five, needing just 98 pitches.
With the game scoreless through six innings, freshman Courtney Sherwin deposited a 1-2 pitch over the left-field fence, her 12th of the season that gave the Red Storm a 1-0 lead. Two batters later, junior Anna Cue crushed her fourth home run of the season and second of the regional over the right-field fence to give Snow a 2-0 lead.
Snow had a stretch where she retired 11 straight batters and got some stellar defense to pitch out of three seperate jams.
Coach Randy Simkins said, "Mattie threw amazing today. She located very well and held a really good team to just three hits."
The first came in the first inning winning Angelina Orozco led off with a double to right center. Snow then forced a failed bunt foul out, a ground out to second base that moved Orozco to third base. The defense worked its magic when Jackie Serna lined a ball to right field and Sherwin made a diving catch to hold CSUMB at bay.
The second came in the sixth inning when Orozco reached base on Snow's only walk of the game. With Skyler Valdivia batting, coach Simkins called a pitch out and the Otters where trying to hit and run. Valdivia missed and catcher Marla Reiter threw a strike to first base to the covering Nicole Chavez who tagged Orozco out.
The final jam came in the bottom of the seventh inning when Nina Villanueva doubled to right center. Snow then induced a ground ball to short and Johnna Brown opted to cut down Villenueva, who was trying to take third on the play instead of throwing out Serna at first. Snow then struck out Jamie Moon and induce a fielder's choice to end the game.
"We practice those kind of plays and you never know when you how much you are going to use them, but I tell them all the time its what will make the difference in a game," said Simkins
For the Red Storm, Sheila Gelter led the team with two hits and Brown extended her hitting streak to 23 games with a double in the first inning. Jaelle Judkins added the other Red Storm hit in the third inning.
UTAH TRACK: At Eugene, Ore., competing in the inaugural Pac-12 Conference Championships, senior Brianna LeRoy is in third place following a first day career-best performance in the women's heptathlon.
"This was an excellent first day," Utah head coach Kyle Kepler said. "Brianna was composed all day and competed like a veteran, that is all we can ask for. I am very pleased with her performance today."
LeRoy got the day off to a quick start in the first two events. She clocked a time of 14.38 seconds for fifth in the in the 100-meter hurdles, earning 925 points. The second event LeRoy set a personal record in the high jump, clearing the mark of 5-093/4 feet for second place. Following the first two events, LeRoy was in second place overall and kept that momentum throughout the day.
In the shot put, LeRoy posted a throw of 35-011/4 feet for ninth, earning 575 points. She finished the day clocking a 200-meter time of 26.26 seconds, earning 13th.
LeRoy has a new first day personal best of 3,216 points and is currently in third place. Oregon's Brianne Theisen is in first with 3,758 points followed by Arizona State's Keia Pinnick with 3,402 points.
WESTMINSTER LACROSSE: At Grand Junction, Colo., the third-ranked Westminster College men's lacrosse team won its second consecutive Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Conference championship with a 17-7 win over Fort Lewis College.
With the win, Westminster earns an automatic invitation to the MCLA National Championships that will be held later this month in Greenville, S.C. The Griffins are now 15-3 overall this season and they have won the RMLC title four times in six years. Fort Lewis falls to 13-4 overall.
Jake Arthur scored five goals to lead the Westminster attack. Collin Madsen added three goals and three assists for a team-best six points. Gian Sexsmith finished with two goals and one assist while Dan Spencer contributed two goals.
Marshall Serzen won 15-of-21 faceoffs and collected 10 ground balls. Jeff Peters picked up six ground balls and also scored a goal. Chris Burckle recorded four saves while allowing two goals to get the win. Adam Marfice gave up two goals with three saves and Craig Patrick made one save in allowing three goals.
The 2012 MCLA National Championships will be played from May 14-19 at Sirrine Stadium. The field and match-ups for the tournament should be released early next week.
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