Thrilling Victory Ends Season on a High Note
May 11, 2013
BOISE, Idaho - BOISE, Idaho--Boise State used back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to come from behind and win its season finale 7-6 against Nevada Saturday, at Dona Larsen Park. Senior Lela Work tied the game with her third homer of the year and two pitches later Jordan Kreiger put the Broncos on top with her third blast of the season. Boise State (25-26-1, 9-9 MW) hit five home runs as a team in the game.
Work, playing in her final game as a Bronco, came on to pitch the seventh inning and notched her school-record 12th save in exciting fashion. The Wolf Pack (30-23, 9-9 MW) used a hit by pitch and a double to put two runners in scoring position with nobody out. A hot shot to third bounced off of Makenna Weir and over to Mackenzie Whyte who threw home to cut down the would-be-game-tying run for the first out. Another sharply hit ball to third was handled by Weir who tagged the bag and threw across the diamond for a double play to end the game and send the Broncos into a wild celebration.
All three seniors played a part in their final game, helping Boise State finish its season with a win for the first time in school history. Holly Bourke, playing in her 217th game, started the scoring with her 14th-career home run to center. It extended her reached-base-safely streak to 24 games to end her career.
Ashley Collier made her 48th and final start as a Bronco. It was the first game she appeared in since March 17, due to injury. After Bronco starting pitcher Rebecca Patton delivered a pitch out to start the game, Collier was replaced in an emotional substitution that saw the Bronco bench welcome the senior as she approached the dugout.
The Broncos responded to the heartfelt moment. Patton retired the first six batters she faced and Bourke's first-inning home run was followed by a second-inning blast from Brittany McCray.
Nevada plated three runs in the third inning to take a 3-2 lead and begin a seesaw game. Patton ended the inning with a strikeout and a foul out to strand a runner at second base.
Boise State bounced right back in the bottom of the frame. Kreiger led off with a double to deep center. Her long fly ball chased Nevada's center fielder back to the wall where she was unable to make the play reaching up over her shoulder. Two outs later Devon Bridges demolished a ball to center field for her 12th home run of the season. The two-run shot put the Broncos back on top and gave Bridges 50 RBI in a season for the second time in her career.
Kenzie Cole entered the game in the fourth and retired the side in order, including a strikeout to end the inning. Nevada starter Karlyn Jones returned the favor with a perfect bottom of the fourth, keeping the Broncos off the scoreboard for the first time.
Two hits, two walks and an error in the top of the fifth resulted in two runs for the Wolf Pack and a 5-4 lead.
The advantage did not last long. Kreiger reached on a two-base error to start the bottom of the inning. She was moved to third on Tara Glover's bunt single. When a pop up on the infield was dropped Kreiger raced home to tie the game.
The score stayed knotted at 5-5 for all of one batter in the top of the sixth. Lauren Lastrapes pounded a home run to center field with one out in the sixth and Nevada had a 6-5 lead. A hit batter and a walk put two on with two outs, but Cole escaped the jam and Boise State had six outs to work with.
After the first two Broncos were retired Work strolled to the plate looking for her first hit in conference play. It came in the form of a deep fly ball to center that landed on the berm and tied the game. Kreiger, who had already two balls to the wall in center on the day, came up next. The sophomore smacked a 1-0 pitch to left center that this time cleared the wall and had the Broncos on top. It was Kreiger's second home run of the series and third of the year, all coming in Mountain West play.
Nevada threatened in the bottom of the frame, but Boise State's defense clamped down in the clutch and held on for the victory.
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