Thursday night in Puerto Vallarta saw two historic programs go toe-to-toe at Nancy Almaraz Field. No. 15 Ole Miss (4-1) combined great pitching from Kaitlin Lee, Morgan Bruce and Elisha Jahnke and a potent offense to beat Texas (3-3), 8-2.
Ki’Audra Hayter provided a bright spot for the Longhorns. The junior outfielder finished with three hits and both of Texas’ runs.
Ally Mena gave the Ole Miss offense a big boost from the bottom of the order, racking up two hits, three RBI and a double. The Rebels notched five extra-base hits on the evening.
Meanwhile, Lee, Bruce and Jahnke tag-teamed a two run, seven hit performance. Lee’s first four innings saw only four hits and a walk.
Paige Von Sprecken did a little bit of everything for the Longhorns on Thursday afternoon in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The senior spun a gem of game and provided a solo home run as Texas slid by Rutgers, 2-0.
Von Sprecken went the distance, pitching seven full innings and struck out five, leading the Longhorns to victory.
MK Tedder added her second RBI of the season for head coach Connie Clark, scoring Taylor Ellsworth who grabbed a triple to lead off the fourth inning.
Whitney Jones wasn’t too bad herself. The Rutgers pitcher dealt six complete innings, totaling 11 fly outs, six hits and just one walk.
Texas moves to 3-2 on the season with the win, while the Scarlet Knights fall to 2-4.
Oregon starter Megan Kleist struck out 10 in a complete game 1-0 shutout against Houston in Session 2’s opener on Thursday afternoon in Puerto Vallarta.
Kleist (3-0) faced 23 batters and threw 84 pitches, 11 first-pitch strikes.
The Ducks, who entered the game averaging over 12 runs per game, struggled to find their offense against Houston pitchers Presley Bell and Savannah Heebner. Shannon Rhodes singled with two outs in the bottom of the first inning, stole second and came around to score an RBI single up the middle from Gwen Svekis. The RBI was Svekis’ 13th of the season.
Oregon’s five hits was a season low through its first seven games of the season.
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.