Mountain West Softball Weekly Release
Home-Field Advantage Exists
Home teams were 11-1 in Conference play last week, and are 20-4 through the first two weeks of MW action.
Spartans Light Up The Scoreboard
San José State wasted little time getting back to work on March 30 after its March 29 home contest with UNLV was suspended in the fifth inning due to inclement weather. When play resumed a day later, the Spartans exploded for 13 runs in the inning and won the game 14-4. San José State did not have an extra-base hit in the inning, recording 12 singles and four walks to score its 13 runs. The 13 runs scored equaled the MW record set on March 22 by Fresno State in its 24-4 victory over Boise State.
Dortch Tosses First No-No Of 2014
Nevada junior right-handed pitcher Megan Dortch threw the first no-hitter of the 2014 MW season on March 28 at home against New Mexico in an 8-0, 6-inning victory for the Wolf Pack. Dortch, who earned MW Pitcher of the Week accolades, struck out five batters in the win. It’s the first no-hitter for a Nevada pitcher since 2011. Two days later, Dortch threw a complete game four-hitter as Nevada completed the series sweep with a 3-1 win.
San Diego State senior right fielder/designated player Patrice Jackson leads the NCAA in walks per game at 1.21. Jackson’s 41 bases on balls is tied for the nation lead with Devon Wallace of Arkansas. Jackson also ranks in the top-10 nationally in slugging percentage (second, .919), home runs (fourth, 13) and on-base percentage (sixth, .585) ... San José State sophomore infielder Jessie Hutstetler is third in the nation in on-base percentage at .603 ... San Diego State sophomore left-handed pitcher Danielle O’Toole’s 18 victories is tied for fourth-best in the nation ... Nevada is averaging 6.74 runs scored per game. That number leads the MW and ranks ninth nationally ... Boise State has stolen 66 bases on the season, and is averaging two steals per game, which is the 10th-best average in the nation this season.
The Mountain West Network will a select number of games during the 2014 season. All games on the Mountain West Network are available live and on-demand, and are free of charge. Head to TheMW.com and click on the “Watch & Listen” tab on the home page, then click the “Watch Live” tab to watch the games, and to see a full schedule of events.