SAN ANTONIO-Holly Bourke tied the school record with four hits Sunday, but Boise State lost to Rutgers 9-2 in its final game at the UTSA Classic. The Broncos fell behind early after a first-inning grand slam and never fully recovered.
Bourke singled four times for the second four-hit game of her career, becoming the second Bronco to record multiple four-hit games. Laeha Hill accomplished the feat twice during the 2009 season. Bourke went 4-for-5 March 11, 2011, at Santa Clara. Bourke now has 149 hits in her career, seven shy of third place all-time at Boise State (Allie Crump) and 24 away from the school record of 173 held by Kellie Caplan.
The Broncos (4-6) had two runners on base in the top of the first, but a line-drive double play ended the inning and sent Rutgers (2-3) into the dugout with a boost. The Scarlet Knights used the momentum immediately, loading the bases with the first three batters. The cleanup hitter, Ashley Alden, came to the plate and swatted a home run over the fence in left to put Rutgers up 4-0 before recording an out.
Rebecca Patton got the start in the circle and pitched all six innings as Rutgers was the designated home team. Patton gave up an unearned run in the second inning as the Scarlet Knights jumped out to a 5-0 lead.
Tara Glover put Boise State on the board with a solo home run in the third inning, Glover's first of the season. She also drove in the Broncos' second run of the game with a fielder's choice in the fifth inning. Glover's second RBI brought Boise State within three at 5-2.
Rutgers responded immediately with a run in the fifth inning. After putting runners on the corners with nobody out, a fly ball to center with one away resulted in a double play to end the inning, but the run from third scored first. Glover recorded the out on the batter and came up throwing as Loren Williams tagged up from third. Devon Bridges cut the throw and fired to second to catch the trail runner off the base. The lead run scored before the tag, though as Rutgers extended its lead to 6-2.
The Broncos put the first two batters aboard in the sixth, but failed to drive in either. In the bottom of the frame the Scarlet Knights used four-straight two-out hits to add on three more runs and provide the final margin of 9-2.
Patton allowed 11 hits and walked one as seven of the nine runs she allowed were earned. She also struck out three.
Bridges, Makenna Weir and Kayla Clausen also registered hits for the Broncos, who had nine as a team but stranded seven runners.
Boise State is back in action Feb. 22-24, with four games at the UC Riverside Softball Invitational in Riverside, Calif. The Broncos will take on Weber State, San Diego (twice) and UC Riverside.