Devon Bridges homered twice in the win
May 3, 2013
LAS VEGAS - Boise State softball prevailed in a wild game full of runs for a 15-6 win against UNLV Friday, in the series opener. All nine Bronco starters recorded a base hit, including a two-homer game from Devon Bridges.
Boise State (22-24-1, 6-7 MW) scored five runs in the top of the first inning, but UNLV (20-27, 6-7 MW) tallied six unanswered in the first two innings to take a one-run lead. The Broncos responded immediately with three runs in the third to reclaim the lead and never looked back. They added two in the fourth, three in the fifth and two in the seventh for 10 unanswered runs.
The 15 total tallies are the most Boise State has scored in a conference game in school history, and just one shy of the school record for all games.
Bridges belted home runs in the fifth and seventh innings for her fourth-career multi-homer game. Mackenzie Whyte hit a two-run blast in the first inning to give the Broncos a 3-0 lead. Whyte also drew a career-high three walks on the day. Sarah Barnes homered in the fourth to make it 10-6 as part of a 2-for-3 day.
Lela Work earned the win in six innings of relief. After Work allowed two runs in the second inning on three hits, she allowed just one hit and one walk the rest of the way. Work retired the side in order in the third, fourth and sixth innings to pick up her sixth win of the year.
Rose Saenz also enjoyed a breakout game. Saenz was 2-for-5 with a double and three RBI. It was the freshman's first multi-hit and multi-RBI game. Saenz drove in the final two runs of the first inning on a double. She came back to the plate in the third with runners at second and third and singled to left to tie the game.
Makenna Weir joined her fellow freshmen with a strong day at the plate. Weir was 1-for-3 with a double and drew two walks. She came around to score three times. The three freshmen in the starting lineup combined to go 5-for-11 with seven runs scored, five driven in, two doubles, a home run and four walks drawn.
Bridges' two hits move her into third all-time in career hits at Boise State. The two home runs give her 10 on the season, making her the first Bronco to slug double-digit home runs in three different seasons. She now has 40 for her career, the first Bronco to reach the milestone. Bridges drove in three runs in the game and now has 139 for her career, four shy of the Boise State career record.
Rebecca Patton started in the circle for Boise State. Pattton allowed four runs on four hits and a walk in one inning of work.
With the win Boise State's senior class has 118 victories, matching the mark set by last year's seniors.
The Broncos and Rebels meet again Saturday at 1 p.m. (PT) at Eller Media Stadium.