Makenna Weir has 12 hits and 11 RBI during her eight-game hit streak
May 10, 2013
BOISE, Idaho -
Nevada rallied with two outs in the seventh inning to force extra innings and went on to win 8-5 Friday, against Boise State at Dona Larsen Park. The Broncos led 3-1 after six innings, but Nevada scored twice in the seventh and five times in the eighth to even the series at a game apiece.
Boise State (24-26-1, 8-9 MW) was an out away from sealing a victory but Nevada (30-21, 9-8 MW) would not go away. The Wolf Pack used a hit batter and a walk to put two runners on. A ground out to short was the second out but put two in scoring position. Karley Hopkins, the Mountain West hits leader, singled through the left side to bring in both runners and tie the game.
Kenzie Cole worked eight innings, allowing four runs on six hits and three walks while striking out three. Lela Work suffered the loss without recording an out. Work started the eighth inning in relief of Cole and allowed four runs on three hits and a hit batter.
A three-run home run put Nevada on top 7-3 and Cole returned to the circle. She allowed a walk and a single as the Wolf Pack scored another run before a double play ended the inning.
The Broncos did not go quietly. Holly Bourke led off the bottom of the eighth with a home run to straight-away center. On the next pitch Devon Bridges duplicated the effort with her 11th blast of the year and the Broncos were within three at 8-5. Nevada starter Karlyn Jones retired the next three hitters and held on for the win. The Wolf Pack started the scoring in the third inning when Hopkins, who had four RBI in the game, singled in a runner from third base.
The Broncos responded in the fourth behind a pair of freshmen. Sarah Barnes doubled with two outs down the left field line to get a runner into scoring position. Makenna Weir followed with a double of her own to the wall in right, tying the game. Weir's 11 doubles on the season are the most by a Bronco freshman, breaking Holly Bourke's mark of 10 in 2010.
In the fifth inning Boise State took the lead. Brittany McCray led off the frame with a double to right and Jordan Kreiger followed with her second homer of the season in left center. The 3-1 lead held up until the seventh.
Cole was cruising through the first six innings, allowing just one run on four hits and retiring the side in order in four of the frames.
Weir was 3-for-4 in the game and is now on an eight-game hitting streak, during which she is hitting .522 with 11 RBI.
Bridges had two hits in the contest, her 21st multi-hit game of the year. She has a hit in 15 of the Broncos' 17 conference games and is batting .434 during conference play with an .811 slugging percentage.
Bourke's home run extended her reached-base-safely streak to 22 games.
The Broncos will look for the series victory Saturday, at Dona Larsen Park. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m. (MT) and the Broncos will recognize their three seniors during a postgame ceremony.