Kenzie Cole faced one over the minimum in three innings
April 27, 2013
BOISE, Idaho - Boise State pitchers Lela Work and Kenzie Cole limited Colorado State to three hits in the Broncos' 5-2 win Saturday, at Dona Larsen Park. Boise State (21-23-1, 5-6 MW) scored five runs in the third inning and held on for the win behind the dominant pitching to clinch the series victory.
Work got the start and retired the first seven she faced, eventually allowing a runner on hit by pitch. She did not allow a hit until the fourth inning when three consecutive base knocks gave Colorado State (20-22, 6-5 MW) life.
A spiraling pop up landed on the dirt behind third base to break up the no-hitter and the next batter dribbled a single into right field, just out of the reach of the second baseman, Jordan Kreiger. Colorado State's Chelsea Biglow followed immediately with a double to left center, driving in the Rams' first run of the game. An RBI ground out made it 5-2, but Work finished the inning with no further damage.
Cole took over in the circle to start the fifth inning and also retired the first seven batters she faced and also hit a batter. That base runner, with one out in the seventh, was the only one Cole would allow in her three innings of work. The sophomore set the tone early in her appearance, striking out the first two batters she faced. She also fielded two ground balls and a pop up as she controlled the final three frames for her first-career save.
Work earned the victory to improve to 5-7 on the season. The three hits allowed by Work match her season low for games she started. Cole has not allowed a hit in her last two outings (one inning Friday), the first two hitless appearances of the season for her.
Kreiger jumpstarted the offense in the third inning with her first home run of the season. She took the first pitch of the inning over the fence in left center to put the Broncos on the board first. Boise State put pressure on the Colorado State defense the rest of the inning. The Broncos used two more hits, a pair of Ram errors and three walks to tack on four additional runs and leave the bases loaded.
Tara Glover singled and scored on a passed ball. Devon Bridges was walked to load the bases after Holly Bourke reached on a fielder's choice which was compounded by an errant throw. After Glover scored on the ball to the backstop, Mackenzie Whyte drew a walk to reload the bases. Bourke scored on a bobbled grounder to make it 3-0 before Makenna Weir's infield single drove in Bridges. Kreiger came to the plate for the second time in the inning and for the second time drove in a run. Her bases-loaded walk pushed across Whyte and provided the Broncos a 5-0 cushion.
Boise State, which was held without a hit into the seventh inning Friday, had two base hits in the first inning of game two, including the 10th double of the year from Bridges. Her laser to right field pounded off the wall as she missed breaking the school's career home run record by a foot.
The Broncos left 11 runners on base in the game.
Rose Saenz was a highlight for the second-straight day. Saenz, who scored the winning run Friday, made a career-high seven assists while playing a flawless third base. She matched her previous career high (five) through the first seven batters of the game.
Boise State pitchers have retired the leadoff batter all 16 times in the series with the Rams, helping minimize Colorado State's scoring opportunities.
The Broncos will look for the sweep Sunday, at 1 p.m. (MT) at Dona Larsen Park. In 2012, the Rams took the first two games of the series before Boise State won the finale.