April 28, 2013
BOISE, Idaho - Boise State mounted a furious rally in the seventh, but came up a run short in a 5-4 loss against Colorado State Sunday, in the series finale at Dona Larsen Park. Devon Bridges broke the Boise State career home run record with a solo shot in the sixth.
Bridges drove a one-out bomb over the scoreboard and over the berm in left to get the Broncos in the run column. It was home run number 38 of the junior's career, her eighth of the season. As for the game, it was just Boise State's second hit, and made the score 5-1.
The Broncos (21-24-1, 5-7 MW) staged yet another seventh-inning comeback, loading the bases with nobody out on two walks and a hit batter. A fielder's choice scored one run before Tara Glover hit a chopper to first and avoided a tag to reach on an infield single and drive in another run. Another walk loaded the bases for Bridges who just missed ending the game and flew out to center. Yet another walk forced in the third run of the inning and made it 5-4. Sarah Barnes came to the plate and grounded a ball between third and short, but Colorado State's Ashlie Ortega stopped the ball in the hole and threw to third for the game's final out.
The Rams (21-22, 7-5 MW) started the scoring with an unearned run in the fourth inning. A double and a passed ball put a runner at third before a blooper fell in behind the pitching circle. Shortstop Mackenzie Whyte lunged for it and the ball tipped off her glove, trickling away far enough to allow the first run of the game to score.
Rebecca Patton started for the Broncos and went four innings. Patton allowed just the one unearned run on four hits while striking out three and walking one. She suffered the loss to even her season record at 10-10.
Kenzie Cole entered the game in relief of Patton to start the fifth inning. Cole allowed extra-base hits to the first three batters she faced to make the score 3-0. A squeeze bunt scored another run later in the inning. In the sixth, Cole allowed a run on two hits and a walk, making it 5-0.
After Bridges' historic home run the Broncos sent Lela Work to the circle. Work kept the deficit at four runs, working around a hit in the seventh.
Kacie McCarthy started for Colorado State and limited the Broncos to one hit in the first five innings. McCarthy lasted six and one-third innings, allowing four runs on three hits and five walks. Three of her bases on balls were handed out in the seventh, in addition to a hit batter. She struck out five in the game for the win. Molly Randle earned the save, securing the final two outs.
Boise State will travel to UNLV May 3-5, for its final road series of the season.