Mackenzie Whyte had three hits on the day.
April 5, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - New Mexico hit a walk-off home run to cap a wild seventh inning and win a game full of late offense, 7-6, Friday in the Mountain West series opener against Boise State. The Broncos scored three times in the seventh to the tie game and had a fourth run erased on a base-running mistake.
The Lobos (17-23, 1-3 MW) took a 6-3 lead into the seventh inning when Tara Glover led off with her second base hit for the Broncos (16-18-1, 0-1 MW). After Glover stole second, her school-record 19th steal of the year, Devon Bridges drew a two-out walk to bring the tying run to the plate.
Makenna Weir responded with a line-drive single to left center, scoring Glover. The next batter was Mackenzie Whyte. Already with two doubles in the game, Whyte lifted a deep drive to right center that had just enough carry to clear the fence for what appeared to be a go-ahead home run. While watching the flight of the ball, Whyte rounded first and passed Weir who was retreating to tag up. Instead of a three-run homer, the hit goes down as a two-run single with Whyte out on the play.
New Mexico got out of the inning with the game still tied. A leadoff single put the winning run on base. After the second batter, Cassandra Kalapsa, pulled back on a sacrifice attempt, Bronco catcher Brittany McCray fired a snap throw to first and picked off the runner. Two pitches later, Kalapsa drove a home run to right field for the Lobos' first conference win of the season.
The Broncos got on the board first with three runs in the fourth inning. Bridges started the inning with a leadoff single, her second hit of the game. An error allowed another runner before Whyte's first double scored the first run. Weir scored on a wild pitch and a two-out single by Ashley Palmer drove in Whyte.
Boise State starter Rebecca Patton kept the momentum on the side of the Blue and Orange as she sat the Lobos down in order in the bottom of the fourth to run her string of consecutive outs to nine.
New Mexico seized it back by turning a double play in the fifth to squelch a two-on, no-out situation for the Broncos. The Lobos carried it into the bottom of the inning. Patton issued her first walk of the game to start the inning and after a sacrifice, the bottom three batters in the order ripped consecutive extra-base hits. Two doubles sandwiched by a triple tied the game and chased Patton from the circle.
Kenzie Cole came on in relief and allowed two hits and two walks, including one with the bases loaded, to allow two more runs to come in. Cole gave up three more hits in the sixth inning and a sacrifice fly drove in an insurance run that proved to be a factor.
Patton reentered for the bottom of the seventh inning and took the loss, falling to 8-7 on the year. She pitched a combined four and two-thirds innings, allowing five runs on seven hits and one walk, while striking out four.
Lauren Soles pitched a complete game to earn her eighth win of the year for New Mexico.
Whyte finished 3-for-4 with three RBI and a run scored. Her third hit was the 100th of her career. She is the ninth Bronco to reach 100 hits in a Boise State uniform. Bridges and Glover also racked up multi-hit games.
The teams will continue their three-game series Saturday, at 6 p.m. (MT) at Lobo Field. The game can be heard live on the Bronco Digital Network.