Session 1 of the Puerto Vallarta Challenge ended with another drama-packed contest, with Louisiana Tech pushing a run across with two outs in the bottom of the seventh to slip past James Madison.
The Techsters (1-4) had the bases loaded with one out in the sixth inning, but an interference call and a line-out double play shut down that threat. In the top of the seventh, James Madison (3-2) came close as well, but LA Tech right fielder Ali Galaz threw out a runner at the plate to keep the score tied at 2-all.
In the bottom of the seventh, Karlee Jensen slapped a single up the middle to bring home Bayli Simon and send the teams home.
The Dukes took a 2-0 lead, getting a home run from Morgan Tolle and an RBI single from Odicci Alexander. LA Tech tied it in the bottom of the third on a two-run single by Morgan Turkoly. Preslee Gallaway threw three innings of scoreless relief to get the win for the Techsters.
In their second extra-inning battle at the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge, James Madison and Long Beach State each had seventh-inning heroics go by the wayside – the Dukes ended up on top after punching through three RBI singles in the top of the 10th inning.
James Madison moves to 3-1 at the event; the 49ers wrapped up their run in Mexico with a 4-1 record.
The Dukes got RBI hits from Morgan Tolle, Jessica Mrozek and Kate Gordon in the top of the 10th. Odicci Alexander entered the game as a relief pitcher with two outs in the bottom of the seventh right after Long Beach State tied it at 3-all; she pitched great in the clutch, going 3.1 innings and allowing one hit to go with three strikeouts.
James Madison had taken a 3-1 lead in the top of the seventh after a two-run homer from Ashley Samuels. The 49ers tied it on a two-run single from Nichole Fry and nearly secured the win in the bottom of the eighth inning, but JMU got a flyout/throwout at home double play to end the frame.
Cielo Meza pitched seven innings for Long Beach State, striking out six and walking four.
Long Beach State holds off a late seventh-inning rally by the Wolfpack to secure a 7-6 win at the PV College Challenge. The 49ers improve to 4-0 on the season.
In the second inning, a double by Aaliyah Gibson and a walk by Alyssa Mendez would put runners on for the Wolfpack. Lauren Gutierrez would single to load the bases and another walk, this time Sadaria McAlister, would score the first run of the game.
Nevada freshman pitcher Julia Jensen would hold Long Beach scoreless through the first two innings before Naomi Hernandez would score Andrea Guzman on a fielder's choice ground out. The 49ers would tack on another run in the 4th to take their first lead of the game on a Jamie Wren RBI single scoring Grayce Majam.
A three-run bomb by 49er junior Tierra Falo over the leftfield fence would push the Long Beach lead to 5-1 in the bottom of the fifth.
A Jessica Flores RBI triple in the sixth would score two runs and increase the 49er lead to 7-1.
The Wolfpack would rally in the seventh with six hits and five runs, including a Gibson three-run home run, but would fall just short of tying the game.
Nevada concludes the PV College Challenge with a 2-3 record. The Wolfpack are back in action on Feb. 16 when they head to Las Vegas for the Desert Classic.
Friday’s final game at the Puerto Vallarta Challenge was a true nailbiter, which gave the fans six and a half scoreless innings before James Madison brought home the winning run on a wild pitch.
The Dukes (2-1) enjoyed their second one-run victory of the tournament, and their only loss was an extra-inning affair earlier Friday. LA Tech fell to 0-3.
In the top of the seventh, the Techsters had two runners reach base, as Katie Smith got on via an error and Kassie Harris walked with one out. But JMU pitcher Payton Buresch hung tough after loading the bases with a walk and retired the side, fielding a grounder for the third out.
In the bottom of the seventh, JMU put runners on first and third with no outs, and after a pitching change, the ball got loose and Sara Jubas scored from third to end the drama. Buresch allowed four hits, striking out seven batters and walking four.
Making her first collegiate start, Nevada freshman pitcher Julia Jensen gave up only one run on four hits in seven innings of work as the Wolfpack defeat LA Tech 5-1 for the second time in two days at the PV College Challenge.
While Jensen was solid from the circle, the Wolfpack did just enough on the offensive side to secure the win.
Freshman Jessica Sellers singled for Nevada and next batter Kenzi Goins hit a bomb over the centerfield fence to give the Wolfpack a quick 2-0 advantage in the first. A Mele Tausinga walk and an RBI double by Alysaa Mendez would tack on one more run for Nevada and a 3-0 lead after one inning.
The Wolfpack would add another run in the second off a Jessica Sellers sac fly scoring Rheanna Smith and putting Nevada up 4-0.
LA Tech would get on the board in the 4th off a Karlee Jensen RBI single knocking in Marilyn Rizzato. Rizzato reached base on a line-drive triple which scooted past diving Wolfpack leftfielder Sadaria McCalister.
A single by Goins and a Mendez hit-by-pitch with two outs would move a runner in scoring position. An RBI single by Sierra Mello would score Goins increasing the Wolfpack lead to 5-1 after five innings.
Jensen would finish with seven strikeouts and didn't allow a Lady Techster hit after the 4th inning.
Cielo Meza pitched her second straight stellar game for Long Beach State at the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge, allowing just one earned run and holding down No. 25 James Madison long enough for the 49ers to break through in extra innings.
Meza struck out nine batters and allowed just two hits for Long Beach State (3-0). Meza was the Big West Conference freshman pitcher of the year in 2017 and also played for the Mexican national team last year.
Long Beach State took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning, when Naomi Hernandez doubled and was sacrificed to by Jessica Flores. Tierra Falo then launched a run-scoring single. In the bottom of the fourth, the Dukes (1-1) tied it with a solo home run from Odicci Alexander.
Alexander was the James Madison starting pitcher; she also threw a strong game and neither team could push a run across in regulation. In the eighth, with the international tiebreaker in use, Hernandez drove in a run with a line drive that bounced off Alexander; Flores then tripled, and Falo singled to make it 4-1.
Meza saw one run come across in the bottom of the eighth, but she notched a strikeout and saw the game end on a fielder’s choice grounder to shortstop.
Friday action at the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge saw Nevada take a 4-2 lead after one inning, but constant pressure from the bats of Long Beach State sent the 49ers to victory, their second one of the tournament.
Long Beach State (2-0) scored seven runs in the third inning to take a commanding lead and had a chance to end the game early on the run-rule in both the fifth and sixth innings. But the Wolf Pack (1-2) showed some tenacity and plated two runs in those innings to keep the action going.
Nichole Fry had three hits, including a home run, scored three times and drove in three for the 49ers. Naomi Hernandez had four hits; Long Beach State finished with 18 hits (only two for extra bases) and took advantage of seven errors by Nevada. Devyn Magnett came in as a relief pitcher in the second inning and threw the remaining six innings.
The Wolf Pack got two hits and two RBI from Mele Tausinga.
The No. 25 James Madison Dukes use a big 5-run second inning and stellar pitching from freshman Payton Buresch to defeat Nevada 8-7 in the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge.
With base loaded early in the first inning Nevada scored on a wild pitch knocking in Sandaria McAlister to give the Wolfpack a 1-0 lead. Nevada would add two more runs in the second inning on a McAlister sac fly scoring Alyssa Mendez and a double by Jessica Sellers scoring pitcher Rachel Rodriguez.
Trailing 3-0 in the bottom of the second, the James Madison offense exploded scoring five runs on five hits to take a 5-3 lead. Sara Jubas and Cambry Arnold with RBI singles and Morgan Tolle with an RBI double.
Nevada would take back the lead in the third scoring 3 runs on Rodriguez and Aaliyah Gibson singles and a sac fly from Mendez. But a home run over the center field fence by James Madison's Kierstin Roadcap would tie the game at 6-6 in the bottom half of the inning.
The back-and-forth lead change would continue in the fourth with Nevada's Sellers scoring an unearned run giving the Wolfpack a 7-6 lead. However, it was JMU's turn in the bottom of the inning scoring 2 runs on an RBI double by Arnold and an RBI single by Tolle for an 8-7 advantage.
JMU freshman pitcher Payton Buresch would come in for starter Odicci Alexander and throw four fantastic innings for the Dukes to secure the win. Buresch would hold the high-powered Nevada offense to just one run and three hits while striking out six batters and walking one.
Nevada falls to 1-1 on the season and will play two more games tomorrow against Long Beach State at Noon ET and LA Tech at 6:00 p.m. ET. James Madison moves to 1-0 and will face Long Beach State at 3:00 p.m. ET and LA Tech at 9:00 p.m. ET.
Long Beach State sophomore pitcher Cielo Meza throws all seven innings and records 12 strikeouts as the 49ers open the 2018 season with a 2-1 win over Louisiana Tech.
LA Tech jumped to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning off a bunt by senior Ali Galaz knocking in Jazlyn Crowder.
A Taylor Rowland single scored Kasey Hutton to put Long Beach State on the board in the top of the fourth and tie the game 1-1. On the next at bat, Grayce Majam would knock in the go-ahead run for the 49ers to jump in front of the Lady Techsters 2-1.
Two runs is all Long Beach State needed as Meza only allowed two hits and two walks in seven innings of work. The 12 strikeouts was three shy of her career-high 15 against San Jose State in 2016.
LA Tech falls to 0-2 for the tournament and will face Nevada on Friday at 6:00 p.m. ET. Nevada defeated the Lady Techsters 9-3 in the first game of the tournament. Long Beach State improves to 1-0 and will play a doubleheader tomorrow against Nevada at Noon ET and James Madison at 2:00 p.m. ET.
Nevada pitcher Kali Sargent worked through some early control issues in the circle and threw a complete game, and the Wolf Pack offense scored at least once in five of the seven innings Thursday in the leadoff contest of the 2018 Puerto Vallarta Challenge.
Sargent allowed eight hits and struck out seven, throwing an effective changeup and also getting impressive play from her defense on several balls that were hit hard.
Louisiana Tech (0-1) scored the first run of the event, putting runners on first and third with no outs in the bottom of the first inning and executing a double steal on a bunt play that brought across a run. In the second, Nevada (1-0) took the lead on a two-run double from Aaliyah Gibson, and the Wolf Pack pushed the lead to 3-1 on a third-inning home run from Jessica Sellers.
Nevada loaded the bases with one out in the fourth inning and brought two more runs across on a single up the middle from Kwynn Warner. The Techsters had a threat brewing in the bottom of the fourth, but Morgan Turkoly’s scorching liner was caught and turned into an inning-ending double play.
Nevada built the lead to 7-1 in the fifth inning, with Jyllian Ahart punching through an RBI single and Louisiana Tech committing a throwing error that brought Ali Tedford across. The Techsters got those runs back in the bottom of the frame, making it 7-3 on a two-out, two-run homer from Ali Galaz to centerfield.
The Wolf Pack added some insurance in the top of the seventh on another two-out, two-RBI long ball off the bat of Sadaria McAlister. Jazlyn Crowder had two hits for Louisiana Tech.