UT ARLINGTON 9, CENTRAL ARKANSAS 1 (5)
CONWAY, AR – Laura Curry hit a grand slam to fuel a six-run outburst in the third inning for UT Arlington, which added three more in the fourth to post a run-rule victory over Central Arkansas late Wednesday.
The Mavericks will face Texas Tech on Thursday in the winner’s bracket, with Central Arkansas taking on Stephen F. Austin in an elimination game.
Sophomore lefthander JoJo Valencia (12-15) allowed six hits and walked two for UT Arlington. Kjirstyn Murphy added two RBI, and Sandra Mendoza had two hits and two runs.
Libby Morris and Kayla Crutchmer each had two hits for Central Arkansas.
WEBER STATE 14, UTAH VALLEY 7
LAS VEGAS, NV – In a full-fledged shootout in the opening game of the 2018 NISC, Weber State smacked 15 hits and took advantage of five errors by Utah Valley to post a victory and advance to meet UNLV later on Wednesday.
The teams combined for 15 runs in the first four innings, with Weber State coming back to take a 8-7 lead on a two-out, two-run single from Rae Gall. The Wildcats pushed the advantage to 10-7 after the fifth inning and then scored four more times in the bottom of the sixth, two runs coming on bases-loaded walks.
Utah Valley got a leadoff home run from Linnah Rebolledo in the top of the third inning that tied the game at 1-all; that was just Rebolledo’s 22nd at-bat of the season. Basia Query punched a two-run single with two outs in the top of the fourth to push the Wolverines up, 7-3.
For Weber State, Tatiana Su’esu’e threw three scoreless innings to close out the win. Ashlyn Visser had four hits and two RBI; Gall added three hits and three RBI, and Landi Hawker scored three runs.
TEXAS TECH 1, STEPHEN F. AUSTIN 0
CONWAY, AR – Erin Edmoundson got a quick first-inning lead and made it stand up as the Texas Tech freshman pitcher scattered four hits and struck out seven batters to guide the Raiders past Stephen F. Austin.
Edmoundson (16-11) got the only run she required in the bottom of the first inning, as Karli Hamilton singled to drive in Michaela Cochran with two outs. Cochran reached on a single and then stole second and third; she’d only stolen six bases in 13 attempts on the season.
The Raiders only had two hits overall, as Ladyjacks pitcher Makayla Sikes hung tough, walking five and striking out four batters.
Texas Tech will face UT Arlington or Central Arkansas in the next round on Thursday.
SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 11, COLORADO STATE 1
GREELEY, CO – South Dakota State jumped ahead with five runs in the first inning, then padded the lead with three more in the fourth in what became a stress-free run-rule victory over Colorado State.
The Jackrabbits will face Loyola Marymount in the next round.
Madison Hope was tough in the circle for South Dakota State, allowing four hits without a walk. Brittney Morse had two hits and drove in three runs; Ali Herdliska added two hits and two RBI, and Abbey Murphy had three hits and scored three runs.
CSU needed to score three runs in the bottom of the fifth to extend the game and did get a two-out double from Tara Shadowen, followed by a triple from Sarah Muzik. But a groundout sealed the deal for the Jackrabbits.
UC RIVERSIDE 10, NEVADA 0 (6)
LAS VEGAS, NV – UC Riverside sophomore Emma Ramelot drove in a run in the first inning, bringing home Jenna Curtan, and she also came through with a two-run single in the fourth inning as the Highlanders patiently worked their way to a lead and eventually the victory against Nevada.
UC Riverside will face UNLV or Weber State on Thursday.
The Highlanders got a terrific pitching performance from freshman Hailey Dolcini, who was 14-9 entering the game with a 1.86 ERA. Against the Wolf Pack, Dolcini allowed two hits and a walk in five innings, also notching five strikeouts. Tayler Misfeldt came in to relieve in the sixth, and Nevada got runners to second and third with two outs, but Misfeldt got a strikeout to end the frame.
UC Riverside’s Brittney Garcia added two hits and four RBI, and Chelsey Holley also drove in two runs.
LOYOLA MARYMOUNT 7, NORTHERN COLORADO 4
GREELEY, CO – Sabrina Tebou smacked a grand slam to left-center in the bottom of the sixth, capping a comeback for Loyola Marymount where the Lions scored seven runs in that sixth inning.
The Lions will face South Dakota State tomorrow in the winner’s bracket, while the Bears play Colorado State in an elimination game.
UNC had a shutout behind Valerie Vidal going into the sixth inning. Lauren Paige came through with a two-run single to push the Bears up 3-0 in the top of the third inning. The Lions made a pitching change to Linnay Wilson in the third inning, and she responded by hurling 4 2/3 solid innings with eight strikeouts. Wilson struck out two in the seventh inning to close the door.
Delanie Wisz hit a sixth-inning double, driving in Molly Grumbo to cut the UNC lead to 4-1. Alicia Brown followed with a two-run single to left field; Tebou then hit a no-doubter to cap the rally.
UNLV 4, WEBER STATE 1
LAS VEGAS, NV – Janine Petmecky never flinched in the circle, protecting a lead that UNLV slowly built and finishing with a five-hitter with six strikeouts as the Rebels slipped past Weber State.
UNLV will now face UC Riverside on Thursday in the winner’s bracket, while the Wildcats will play an elimination game versus Utah Valley or Nevada, also on Thursday.
The Rebels scored single runs in the first, third and fourth innings; a key insurance run came across in the bottom of the sixth inning when Petmecky singled and a run came across on an error. Petmecky hit leadoff Wednesday and reached twice; she was batting .331 entering the game and leads her team in hits.
Molly Horne finally got the Wildcats on the board with a sixth-inning single that scored Sydney White; Weber State stranded two runners as Petmecky (20-7) escaped further trouble in the frame.