April 29, 2014
POCATELLO, Idaho -
Hailey Torrez and Lindsey Nicholson had monster days at the plate Tuesday, as Boise State defeated Idaho State 11-5 in Pocatello, Idaho. Torrez matched the school record with four hits, including a tape-measure home run. Nicholson hit two home runs as part of a 3-for-3 performance. The win gave Boise State (27-19) a three-game season sweep of in-state foe Idaho State (30-17), wrapping up the nonconference schedule.
Tara Glover went 2-for-4, breaking the all-time Mountain West career hits record. Glover has 266 hits in her career, surpassing the previous mark of 265 held by Angeline Quiocho (BYU; 2007-10). Glover singled in each of her final two at bats to tie and break the record.
Torrez singled to center field each of her first three times at the plate. She came back up in the fifth inning and unloaded on a 2-1 pitch to left center, leaving no doubt she would record the 13th four-hit game in school history. The junior added three runs and three runs batted in on the day. Torrez now has eight hits with nine RBI and seven runs scored in the last three games.
Her home run stretched Boise State’s lead back to four runs at 9-5, after The Bengals scored three times in the fourth inning to get within a pair. The Broncos would add two more in the fifth on Nicholson’s second home run of the game to provide the final margin.
It was a Nicholson home run that started the scoring as well. With two outs in the first inning, Torrez singled and Brittany McCray reached on a dropped third strike. Nicholson took advantage of the extra at bat by slugging a home run to left center to get the Broncos out to an early 3-0 lead.
The two-out rally continued as Mackenzie Whyte was hit by a pitch in her first plate appearance since March 30. Whyte missed the last 12 games with a knee injury. She returned to the lineup Tuesday, playing first base for the first time in her career. Libbie Jimenez doubled to the fence in right and Whyte scored all the way from first for a 4-0 advantage in the first inning.
Torrez and McCray each drove in runs in the second inning as Boise State went ahead by six runs.
Rebecca Patton earned the win in relief of starter Mackenzie McGill. Patton entered the game with two outs in the fourth inning and the tying run at the plate. She tossed the final three and a third innings, holding the Bengals scoreless on two hits.
McGill made it through the first two innings without surrendering a hit as Boise State built its 6-0 lead. A pair of singles in the third inning were followed by a two-out double to get Idaho State on the board. A wild pitch allowed another run to score, but McGill stranded two in scoring position. She could not wiggle her way out of the fourth inning.
After the Broncos scored a run in the top of the fourth on a bases-loaded single from Whyte, their lead was 7-2. Idaho State led off the bottom of the inning with a home run to start a string of four hits to begin the inning. With runners at the corners, McGill fielded a ground ball and went to first to get the first out while the third run of the inning came across to make the score 7-5. Another ground out advanced the runner to third base. Boise State summoned Patton from the bullpen to get out of the jam.
She did just that and sent the Broncos back into the dugout for the fifth inning with the two-run lead still intact. That’s when the bats came back to life, culminating with Nicholson’s second homer of the game.
It is the first multi-homer game of the season for a Bronco and Nicholson became the eighth different Bronco to hit two home runs in a game. Nicholson entered the game with one home run in her career; it too came against Idaho State earlier this season. Her five runs batted in are also a career high, tied for the fourth-highest total in school history.
Boise State will resume Mountain West play Friday, as they start a three-game series against New Mexico at Dona Larsen Park. It is the final home series of the season and one of the final two conference series. The Broncos enter the final six games of the MW schedule in a three-way tie for second place, just one game behind the leader, Fresno State.