May 3, 2014
BOISE, Idaho - Brittany McCray delivered a walk-off home run in the eighth inning to lift Boise State to a 7-5 victory against New Mexico in extra innings Saturday, at Dona Larsen Park. The Broncos led 5-2 going into the seventh inning before the Lobos forced extras.
Boise State has won seven-straight games and 11 of its last 12. The Broncos (29-19, 13-7 MW) are alone in second place in the Mountain West standings, one game behind Fresno State with four to play.
McCray came to the plate with no outs and Lindsey Nicholson at first base after drawing a leadoff walk. McCray got the count to 2-2 before hammering her fourth homer of the season to left field and sending the Broncos into a frenzy at home plate. The home run came after McCray drilled a 1-1 pitch down the line in left and over the fence, but just foul. The next pitch sailed high and inside and McCray ended up on the ground as she ducked out of the way. She jumped right back in the box and won the game on the ensuing pitch.
The game went to an extra frame after New Mexico (16-35, 7-16 MW) scored three times in the seventh inning to tie the game 5-5. The Lobos scored the runs off Rebecca Patton who entered the game in relief in the fifth inning. Patton was able to leave the bases loaded in the inning, keeping New Mexico from taking the lead.
Three-straight singles with one out scored a run and brought the go-ahead run to the plate. Patton struck out the next batter to get within an out of ending the game. She was a strike away when a catcher's interference call loaded the bases. The next Lobo punched a two-run single to right center, tying the game. A walk was followed by a fly out to end the inning.
Patton got the win, pitching three and one-third innings. She allowed three runs on six hits and one walk while striking out two. She worked around a leadoff single in the eighth, retiring the next three hitters, to put the bats back in the Broncos' hands.
Hailey Torrez broke open a tie game in the second inning with a grand slam to put Boise State on top 5-1. Torrez belted her fourth homer of the season over the fence in left center. The junior finished 2-for-4 and now has five-straight multi-hit games with 12 base hits in that span. Torrez has also driven in multiple runs in each of the last five games.
The Lobos started the scoring against Boise State starter Mackenzie McGill in the first inning. McGill allowed one hit and three walks in the frame, including a bases-loaded walk to drive in a run. Three strong defensive plays ended the inning and left the bases loaded.
Boise State answered immediately with a run in the bottom of the first. Tara Glover reached on an error and stole second. Jordan Kreiger laid down a bunt and beat the throw, putting runners on the corners. The duo executed a double steal with Kreiger taking second and Glover coming in to tie the game. The Broncos stole five bases, including two each from Glover and Kreiger. Boise State now has 101 steals for the season.
McCray has three home runs during the seven-game winning streak, all coming in the seventh inning or later. Torrez is leading the way during the team's hot streak, hitting .462 with 16 RBI.
Boise State finishes the series against New Mexico Sunday, at 1 p.m. (MT). The Broncos will recognize five seniors during a postgame ceremony.