Kenzie Cole pitched three innings of scoreless relief.
April 6, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Boise State softball rallied late against New Mexico but came up just short in a 6-5 loss Saturday, at Lobo Field. Devon Bridges homered to start a five-run fifth inning. It was Bridges' 37th-career home run, tying the Boise State all-time record.
The Lobos (18-23, 2-3 MW) plated three runs in the second and third innings to jump out to a 6-0 lead. The Broncos (16-19-1, 0-2 MW) charged back with the five spot in the fifth, but recorded an out at home and left a runner at third in the inning.
New Mexico again got the most production from the bottom of its lineup. A leadoff walk and a sacrifice bunt in the second inning put a runner in scoring position with one out. A triple drove in the first run before a single and two errors made it 2-0, loaded the bases and turned the lineup over. Bronco starter Lela Work picked up a strikeout but could not get out of the inning before surrendering another single to make it 3-0.
Work was touched in the third inning as well. A solo home run was followed by three singles. A pair of passed balls helped move the runners in the inning and led to another three runs. After the fourth hit of the inning Work was relieved by Kenzie Cole in the circle who picked up a strikeout to get out of the inning.
Boise State put runners in scoring position in each of the first four innings, including leaving the bases loaded in the third. The Broncos were unable to cash in until the fifth. Holly Bourke drew a leadoff walk and Bridges hit a towering home run down the left field line that carried over the grandstands beyond the fence.
Makenna Weir followed with a single up the middle to knock New Mexico starter Kaela DeBroeck from the game. She was relieved by Carrie Sheehan. Mackenzie Whyte dumped her third double of the series down the right field line, scoring Weir. Sheehan then threw 10-straight balls to walk the bases loaded and get behind 2-0 on the seventh batter of the inning with still nobody out. New Mexico went to the bullpen again in the middle of the at bat.
Lauren Soles, who earned the complete-game win Friday, induced a line drive before a walk pushed across a fourth run. A wild pitch allowed another run to score but a ground ball on the infield cut down the potential tying run at the plate. A comebacker ended the inning with runners on the corners and Boise State settled for five runs.
Cole pitched three-and-a-third innings of scoreless relief, allowing just three hits and one walk. She struck out two. She ran into her only bit of trouble in the bottom of the fifth but was aided by great defense. Sarah Barnes, playing just her third game in the outfield, made a diving catch in foul territory coming in on a sinking line drive for the first out. With the bases loaded a line drive to Whyte at shortstop turned into a double play when she flipped to third base and ended the inning.
Boise State could not mount another threat, picking up just one base runner the rest of the game.
Whyte finished 2-for-4 as the only Bronco with multiple hits. She has five base hits in the series so far. The Lobos outhit the Broncos 10-7 in the game and benefited from three Boise State errors.
The Broncos and Lobos will meet in the series finale Sunday, at noon (MT). Listen to the game live on the Bronco Digital Network.