Broncos Race Past Utah Valley 8-1

Feb. 16, 2014

Final Stats

LAS VEGAS -

Ashley Palmer and Makenna Weir each homered as Boise State ended the weekend on a high note with an 8-1 win against Utah Valley Sunday, at the Easton Desert Classic in Las Vegas.  The Broncos (4-6) scored the eight runs on nine hits in support of Rebecca Patton’s complete game.

Palmer put Boise State on the board with a long two-run home run to left field in the top of the first inning. It was the same run-scoring recipe as the first inning of the first game of the weekend when Mackenzie Whyte got aboard with a two-out base hit and Palmer left the yard to put the Broncos on top 2-0. Palmer had three home runs all of her freshman year in 2013, and has hit three in the last five games.

Patton (4-2) allowed five hits and one walk in limiting Utah Valley to just one run. The Wolverines scored in the first inning on a two-out RBI double, but Patton kept the tying run at second and shut UVU down the rest of the way, including 1-2-3 innings in the third, fourth and sixth.

After allowing a leadoff single in the second, Patton picked up a strikeout and turned an inning-ending double play when she raced back to catch a pop up behind the circle and wheeled around to throw to first before the runner could get back. The defense put the Broncos in a bind in the fourth with an error followed by a misplayed bunt to start the inning. Weir, catching for the first time this season, picked off the runner at first. A looking strikeout and a ground out ended the inning before the Wolverines could capitalize.

The Bronco offense came back to life in the fourth. Lindsey Nicholson led off with a bunt single and moved to second on a sacrifice. A walk to Sara Barnes and a fielder’s choice by Izzy Serrano left the Broncos with runners at first and second with two outs. Tara Glover ripped a ground ball through the hole on the right side and chaos ensued on the bases. Glover rounded for second, but Barnes was given the stop sign at third. The ball was thrown around the diamond until Glover beat the fielder back to first, at which time Barnes took off for home, sliding in safely and Serrano went to third.

Weir’s home run came in the fifth inning after Palmer was hit by a pitch. Weir’s two-run blast put some distance between the Broncos and Wolverines, opening a 5-1 lead.

Glover led off the sixth with her second walk of the day and moved into scoring position with her second steal. Jordan Kreiger singled up the middle to drive in the run. Kreiger eventually made it to third when Mackenzie Whyte drew a walk to put runners at the corners. The Broncos executed a double steal to score another run and give them six steals in the game. Palmer flew out to deep center and moved Whyte to third. Weir followed with a sacrifice fly to left for her third RBI of the game and the Broncos’ final tally.

Weir finished with just one official at bat, going 1-for-1 with the homer and two walks in addition to the sacrifice fly. Whyte continued her productive weekend, going 2-for-3 with two runs scored, a walk and two steals. The senior had at least one hit in each game of the tournament, finishing 6-for-14 with six runs scored, a double, five walks and seven steals. She led the Broncos with a .579 on-base percentage for the weekend.

Boise State returns to action Thursday, at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Cathedral City, Calif. The Broncos will play two games Thursday, and one each Friday, Saturday and Sunday.


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