Lela Work picked up her second win of the series
May 4, 2013
LAS VEGAS -
Boise State freshman Makenna Weir hit a sixth-inning grand slam and drove in a school-record-tying six runs to guide the Broncos to a 9-7 victory Saturday, at UNLV. Weir’s bases-loaded blast came with two outs while the Broncos trailed by a run.
Boise State (23-24-1, 7-7 MW) found itself behind 6-5 headed into the sixth inning and had not picked up a base hit against UNLV (20-28, 6-8 MW) reliever Amanda Oliveto, who entered in the first. Tara Glover changed that with a leadoff single through the right side. A fielder’s choice and a walk brought up Mackenzie Whyte with two on. Whyte battled through a full count and hit a sharp ground ball to the left side for an infield single to load the bases. Sarah Barnes fouled off four pitches before her ground ball was fielded and the out was made at home to cut down the tying run. That brought Weir to the plate.
Weir watched the first five pitches as the count ran full. She fouled off the next two before jumping all over the eighth pitch of the at bat, scorching a line drive over the fence in left and just inside the foul pole. Weir’s fourth home run of the year put the Broncos ahead 9-6. It is the eighth grand slam in school history and gave Weir six RBI for the game, after a bases-loaded double in the first drove in two runs.
It is the third time a Bronco has driven in six runs in a game, all three occurrences have come from freshmen and have included a grand slam. Devon Bridges set the mark March 26, 2011, and Whyte tied it a week later April 2, 2011.
Weir’s heroics completed a Boise State rally for the second time in as many days after an early offensive outburst was again not enough to hold up.
For the second-straight day Boise State scored five runs in the top of the first inning. The Broncos brought 11 batters to the plate in the inning as Holly Bourke, Bridges, Weir and Ashley Palmer all drove in runs. The first six Broncos reached base and just one of the first nine was retired, scoring five runs and loading the bases with just one out after a turn through the order. That knocked UNLV starter Francesca Foti from the game after just a third of an inning.
Also mirroring the opening game was UNLV’s comeback. The Rebels scored three runs in the bottom of the first and by the fourth inning had added three more to take a 6-5 lead. They scored six unanswered Friday, after Boise State put five runs on the board in the first. Just like Friday the Broncos bounced back.
UNLV threatened to mount a late rally as it scored once in the seventh inning, but the Broncos held on for the 9-7 victory to clinch the series.
Lela Work picked up her second win of the series, both coming in relief. Work tossed the final four-and-two-thirds innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on six hits.
Kenzie Cole started the game in the circle for Boise State. She went two-and-one-third innings, allowing just three hits and two walks but Fresno State capitalized on Bronco miscues to the tune of five runs (one earned).
Whyte had a busy day with 11 fielding chances at shortstop. She made seven assists and two putouts in addition to two errors. The seven assists are a career high and the second-most in a game in school history. Whyte also drew two walks in her four plate appearances, giving her five bases on balls in the first two games of the series.
Bridges was 1-for-2 in the game with two walks. She singled and drove in a in the first inning to give her 47 RBI for the season. Bridges now has a hit in 13 of the Broncos’ 14 conference games and 13 RBI
The teams will meet Sunday, in the series finale. First pitch is scheduled for noon (PT) at Eller Media Stadium.