April 23, 2014
LOGAN, Utah -
Boise State softball completed a series sweep of Utah State Wednesday, in Logan, Utah. The Broncos rallied to win game two 11-9, which was resumed after being suspended Tuesday, and took a 10-1 run-rule victory in the finale. Boise State drew a Mountain West record 17 walks in the last game to pick up the convincing win despite being outhit 5-3.
Boise State swept a road series for the second time this season and just the fourth time in school history. The Broncos (26-19, 11-7 MW) have now won eight of their last nine games to climb back in the Mountain West race. They are tied for third and just a half game behind Colorado State and Fresno State who are tied for first at 10-5.
The Broncos broke the MW record for stolen bases in a season. Jordan Kreiger’s steal of second base in the sixth inning of game two established the new mark of 88 steals. Boise State went on to swipe five more bags in the finale, giving the team 93 for the season.
Rebecca Patton earned the win in game three, setting the school record for wins in a season with her 21st.
Big Sixth Gives Broncos Win After Restart of Game Two
The teams started the day by resuming Tuesday’s suspended game, which was halted with Utah State leading 6-5 in the bottom of the third inning with two outs and two on. Mackenzie McGill struck out the first batter to get the Broncos back in the dugout. McGill also worked out of trouble in the fourth and fifth innings, leaving runners at the corners in each frame.
The Bronco offense took a couple of innings to find its groove, getting just one base runner in each the fourth and fifth innings. Once the sixth inning rolled around the bats were warmed up. Boise State scored five times in the inning to take the lead.
Kayla Clausen led off with a bunt single and stole second. Tara Glover drew a walk to put two on with nobody out for Jordan Kreiger. After fouling off two bunt attempts, Kreiger bounced a single up the middle to score Clausen and tie the game. After Kreiger’s record-breaking steal, Ashley Palmer followed with her own single up the middle to plate two runs, giving Boise State a lead it would not surrender. A pair of bases-loaded walks capped the inning as the Broncos took a 10-6 lead.
Kreiger and Palmer hit back-to-back doubles in the seventh to add an insurance run before the Aggies made it interesting in the bottom of the inning.
An error and two slow rollers loaded the bases with nobody out. Another ground ball resulted in the first out, but drove in a run and put two in scoring position. A two-out single up the middle scored both of the runs, drawing Utah State within two runs. An error allowed the inning to continue and brought the winning run to the plate. Kreiger ended the game when she reached up and snagged a line drive over her head for the final out.
McGill earned the win, pitching six-and-two-thirds innings of relief across the two days. She allowed four runs (one earned) on eight hits and three walks, while striking out two.
Boise State Walks to Victory and Series Sweep
Boise State scored 10 runs on three hits in the final game of the series, winning 10-1 in five innings. The Broncos drew 17 walks in the game and had one hit batter. The 17 walks are a school and Mountain West record, and tied for the ninth-most in a game in NCAA history.
Hailey Torrez had two of the Broncos’ three hits, going 2-for-2 with three RBI, three runs scored and two walks. Libbie Jimenez, Lindsey Nicholson and Makenna Weir were each walked three times. Weir scored three times. Palmer had the other hit for Boise State, an RBI double in the third inning, in addition to two walks.
Boise State scored one run in the first, as Torrez scored on a wild pitch. The Broncos would leave the bases loaded in the first. They would also leave them loaded in the second, third and fourth innings.
The Broncos scored twice in the second on four hits and a hit by pitch. Four walks, an error and two doubles led to four runs in the third as Boise State extended its lead to 7-0.
Utah State scored its lone run in the bottom of the third inning, but Patton caught a line drive to end the inning and leave the bases loaded.
The Broncos tacked on three more runs and batted around in the fourth inning without the benefit of a base hit. Six walks did all the damage and put Boise State in a position to end the game early with a run-rule victory.
Patton pitched the first four innings of the win, allowing one run on four hits and two walks. She struck out one on the way to her school-record 21st win. McGill pitched the final inning. She allowed a single and two walks to load the bases, but picked up a strikeout to end the game.
Boise State will have its bye this weekend and resume play with a nonconference tilt Tuesday, at Idaho State.