Patton's Gem Highlights Split
March 1, 2014
MORAGA, Calif. - Boise State softball split its two games on the first day of the Gael Classic Saturday, in Moraga, Calif. The Broncos (7-10) defeated host Saint Mary's 9-1 in six innings before falling to Sacramento State 3-1.
Rebecca Patton earned the win in the opener, allowing just one hit and an unearned run in five innings. Patton held a no-hitter through four and two-thirds innings before a two-out error kept the fifth inning alive and the next batter singled in the Gaels' first run of the game.
Patton also started game two, taking the loss against Sacramento State giving up three runs on six hits and a walk in five innings. The Broncos were held to five hits against the Hornets.
Big Hits, Dominant Patton Lead to Route of Gaels
A single and two walks loaded the bases for Devon Bridges in the first inning and Bridges delivered with a double down the left field line to score two. Makenna Weir followed suit with a single to center, scoring Ashley Palmer and giving the Broncos a quick 3-0 lead.
It did not take long to add to the advantage. Hailey Torrez singled to lead off the second inning and was moved to scoring position on a sacrifice bunt. Two walks sandwiched a fly out to load the bases with two outs. Saint Mary's made a pitching change before Whyte dug into the batter's box. The Bronco shortstop welcomed the new pitcher by smacking a grand slam to left field to put Boise State up 7-0.
Patton issued a walk in each of the first two innings and hit a batter in the third, but did not allow any of them to get into scoring position. She worked a perfect fourth inning to keep the no-hitter intact while Boise State kept its 7-0 lead.
Patton retired the first two batters of the fifth before giving up a base on balls. The next batter reached on an error that would have ended the inning. Instead the ensuing Saint Mary's hitter singled through the left side to break up the no-hitter and the shutout all at once. The Bronco pitcher picked up her fifth strikeout to end the frame.
After Boise State did not score in the fifth, Kenzie Cole replaced Patton in the circle. Cole gave up singles to the first two hitters she faced, but got out of the inning without giving up a run. The next two batters flew out, including an inning-ending double play on the latter.
Lindsey Nicholson and Kayla Clausen both picked up infield singles in the bottom of the sixth. With two outs and runners at second and third, Kreiger stepped to the plate and stroked a double to left center. Her hit scored both runs and ended the game.
Hornets Cool Bronco Bats
Patton started her second game of the day and lasted five innings again. She retired the first two innings in order and sat down nine of the first 10 she faced.
Glover led off the first and the third innings with singles to left field. In the first inning she advanced to third, but was stranded 60 feet from home. In the third, Glover stole second and was sacrificed to third by Kreiger. Whyte dropped a bunt back to the pitcher and the only play was to first, as Glover scored and the squeeze was successful. That gave the Broncos a 1-0 lead.
The Hornets finally got to Patton in the fourth. A leadoff double put a runner in scoring position for the first time. The next batter traded places with her to tie the game. Sacramento State continued the inning by loading the bases, but Patton escaped further damage and got out of the inning with the score still tied.
Sacramento State started the next inning with three-straight singles, the final one driving in two runs and giving the Hornets a 3-1 lead. Patton got the next three hitters out to finish her stay in the circle.
Boise State threatened in the sixth and seventh innings, but could not get over the hump. The sixth started with a leadoff walk. Ashley Palmer hit a one-out double to put runners at second and third. Two pop outs ended the scoring chance. Kenzie Cole took over pitching duties in the sixth and kept the score 3-1.
A hit batter, a walk and a single loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh and put the tying run in scoring position. Another pop out sealed the victory for Sacramento State.
The Broncos continue the Gael Classic Sunday, with one game against Sacramento State (10 a.m. PT) before wrapping up the weekend with another game against Saint Mary's at noon (PT).
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