May 8, 2014
SAN DIEGO - Boise State suffered a shutout loss Thursday, in the series opener at San Diego State falling 4-0. The loss snaps an eight-game winning streak for the Broncos (30-20, 14-8 MW) and is the first time they have been shutout since Feb. 23, against Nebraska- a span of 35 games.
Fresno State lost at Nevada Thursday, creating a three-way tie for first place between the Broncos, Bulldogs and Aztecs with two games left in the season. Boise State still controls the race for the Mountain West's automatic bid and can earn it with wins in the final two games of the series.
All four runs came in the bottom of the fourth inning. A leadoff walk was followed by two bloop base hits, the second coming after a wild pitch that moved two runners into scoring position. A ground ball to second scored another run as the throw home was late and still nobody had been retired. Another ground ball to second scored a third run as the out was made at first. Two strikeouts ended the inning, but not before the third wild pitch of the frame allowed a fourth run to score.
Boise State put together its biggest threat in the top of the sixth inning. Tara Glover was at third base with one out and charged home on a chopper behind the circle. San Diego State pitcher Danielle O'Toole fielded the ball and made a strong throw to the plate just ahead of Glover.
O'Toole limited the Broncos to two hits, both infield singles, and faced just three over the minimum
Rebecca Patton took the loss for the Broncos. Patton gave up five hits in the first three innings, but kept San Diego State off the scoreboard. The leadoff walk in the fourth was her only free pass of the game and she only allowed, but started the fateful four-run inning.
Patton retired nine of the final 10 batters she faced, including facing just one over the minimum in the final two frames. She struck out three in the game.
The series continues Friday, with first pitch set for 6 p.m. (PT).