Long Balls Doom Broncos' Attempt at Sweep
May 5, 2013
LAS VEGAS - UNLV used two home runs and limited Boise State to four hits to take the series finale 5-0 Sunday, at Eller Media Stadium. Holly Bourke had two hits in the game to lead the Broncos who could not complete the series sweep.
UNLV (21-28, 7-8 MW) put the first runs of the game on the board in the bottom of the third inning. A pair of singles and an error loaded the bases with one out against Kenzie Cole, the Bronco starter, for Pauline Monreal who had five hits in the first two games of the series and is the reigning Mountain West Player of the Week. Cole struck out Monreal for the second time in the game to get within an out of ending the threat. Instead, Heather Harrison drove a ball over the fence in left center for a grand slam and made it 4-0.
The Rebels added an insurance run in the fifth with a leadoff home run from Tayler Aleman. Both homers were hit by UNLV seniors playing in the final home game of their careers.
After scoring 24 runs on 23 hits to win the first two games of the series, the Broncos (23-25-1, 7-8 MW) were shutout for the second time in conference play. UNLV pitcher Amanda Oliveto tossed her fifth shutout of the season and third in MW action to pace the Rebels.
Bourke doubled in the third and it looked like Boise State would be the first to strike when Devon Bridges rocketed a line drive toward left, but Rebel third baseman Jamie DePippo leaped up and snagged the liner then fired to second and doubled off Bourke.
Bourke, playing in her school-record-tying 214th game, picked up her 12th multi-hit game of the year with a leadoff single in the sixth to try and start a rally. The inning saw the Broncos put two on with one out but a pop fly and a ground out ended the threat.
Cole went the distance in the loss, pitching six innings. She allowed five runs (one earned) on eight hits and two walks while striking out six.
Tara Glover and Makenna Weir also singled in the game. Glover's base hit in the first extended her hitting streak to eight games. She followed that with her 25th stolen base of the season. Weir went 1-for-3 to wrap up her best weekend in conference play. The freshman was 4-for-9 with two doubles, a home run and six RBI. Weir also drew three walks and scored four times in the three games.
Mackenzie Whyte was walked two more times in the finale and drew seven bases on balls in the series.
Boise State pitchers have allowed the most home runs in the Mountain West this season, but had not given up a long ball in five games. The two homers Sunday make it 49 on the season. However, in conference games the Boise State staff had only surrendered six through the first 14 conference contests.
The Broncos have allowed 64 runs in conference play, just 37 have been earned.
Boise State will close the season May 9-11, at home against Nevada.
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