May 10, 2014
SAN DIEGO -
Boise State softball came up short in its series finale Saturday, at San Diego State, falling 5-1. The Broncos finish the season 30-22 and 14-10 in Mountain West play, placing fourth in the conference standings. A Boise State win in the finale would have forced a four-way tie for first place.
Rebecca Patton once again gave the Broncos a chance to win the game, tossing another complete game. Patton pitched the final 30 innings of the season for Boise State, which entered the weekend with a chance to clinch the Mountain West championship. The redshirt senior finished the year with 25 wins, 43 appearances, 36 starts, 26 complete games, 244.1 innings and four shutouts—all school records.
Lindsey Nicholson homered in the fourth inning for the Broncos to tie the game 1-1. Nicholson’s fourth blast of the season was Boise State’s first run of the series and snapped a 22.2-inning scoreless streak for Aztec starter Danielle O’Toole, who also pitched every inning of the series opposite Patton.
The Aztecs would score the final four runs of the game to complete the sweep and win the conference championship outright, their third-straight crown.
Tara Glover was 2-for-3 on the day with a stolen base. Glover finishes her career with a Mountain West-record 271 hits and is second all-time with 97 stolen bases. She also owns school records for batting average, hits, runs, triples and stolen bases.
Mackenzie Whyte also had a hit in the final game of her career. Whyte singled in the first inning. She also narrowly missed a game-tying home run in the top of the sixth inning. Whyte sent a deep line drive down the left field line, curving just foul before it reached the foul pole.
San Diego State scored first on a two-out double in the second inning. Patton was able to strand the runner in scoring position. She worked a perfect frame in the third before Nicholson’s two-out homer tied the game in the fourth.
It remained tied into the fifth inning when the Aztecs manufactured the go-ahead run. A leadoff walk was followed by a base hit to put two runners on with nobody out. San Diego State opted to have Patrice Jackson bunt and move both runners up. It paid off as the next batter hit a sacrifice fly for a 2-1 lead.
Patton was able to strand runners at the corners to keep Boise State within one with six outs to work with. Whyte looked to have tied the game leading off the sixth, but her shot to left was just wide. The next two Broncos hit the ball hard but Hailey Torrez just missed on a fly ball to left and Nicholson was robbed of a base hit on a line drive caught by the shortstop.
San Diego State answered with three insurance runs in the bottom of the frame for a 5-1 lead, which held as the final margin.