Broncos Rally Twice, Win Once
SAN DIEGO- Boise State erased a pair of deficits but settled for a split Saturday, at the San Diego Classic I. The Broncos (8-10) fell to No. 12/10 UCLA 5-4 in 11 innings before defeating San Diego 5-3. Both games were played at USD Softball Complex.
Devon Bridges and Mackenzie Whyte each had four hits on the day to lead the Bronco offense as Boise State combined to outhit its opponents 18-10 in the two games. Makenna Weir was 3-for-3 in the second game.
Rebecca Patton and Lela Work each pitched complete games. Patton took the loss against UCLA and Work earned her first win of the year against the Toreros.
Broncos Push No. 12/10 Bruins to 11 Innings, Fall 5-4
A sacrifice fly in the 11th inning scored the game-winning run for No. 12/10 UCLA against Boise State. The Bruins won 5-4 after the game went to extra innings tied at three.
Rebecca Patton went the distance for the Broncos pitching 10 and one-third innings. Patton allowed five runs (two earned), limiting the Bruins to five hits. She walked seven and struck out three.
With the international tiebreak rule in effect starting with the eighth inning (because the game was beyond the two-hour threshold by the end of regulation), each team scored its placed runner in the ninth before the Bruins walked off with the win in the 11th. The international tiebreaker places a runner at second base to start the inning. Each team was able to keep that runner from scoring in the eighth and 10th innings.
Boise State scored its run in the ninth inning when Devon Bridges led off the inning with a triple off the wall in left center, scoring Sarah Barnes. Bridges' first-career triple was her fourth hit of the game. The four-hit performance ties the school record and sets a career high for Bridges. It is Boise State's third four-hit game this season, all three have come in losses.
Bridges tried to score later in the inning on a pitch in the dirt that reached the backstop but she was called out as the catcher scrambled back to the plate to apply a tag.
UCLA responded in the bottom of the inning when the placed runner scored after a sacrifice bunt and a wild pitch. The Bruins loaded the bases later in the ninth but Patton picked up a strikeout to strand all three runners and end the threat.
After each team squandered an opportunity in the 10th inning, the Broncos had the go-ahead run 60 feet away with one out in the top of the 11th. They failed to score, though, and the Bruins ended the game in the bottom of the frame.
The Broncos started the game with a run in the top of the first. Holly Bourke continued her torrid pace of reaching base when she led off the game with a walk. With two away Devon Bridges singled and Makenna Weir- who is also reaching base at an astounding clip- walked to load the bases. Mackenzie Whyte drew a walk to force in the run, but the Broncos left them loaded.
UCLA responded immediately with three runs in the first inning. Two singles and a walk loaded the bases with one out. Patton got behind the next batter 3-1 and was called for a time-limit violation for ball four, walking in the first run. The next batter singled up the middle scoring one and an errant throw allowed another Bruin to cross the plate for a 3-1 lead.
Patton took control for the rest of regulation. She allowed just three more base runners for the next six innings, including retiring the second, sixth and seventh in order. Meanwhile the Bronco offense pieced together opportunities. Bridges and Weir both reached with two outs in the third and were stranded.
Boise State broke through in the fourth inning. Brittany McCray singled and Jordan Kreiger walked to put two on with one out. Tara Glover came to the plate with two away and singled to right center, driving in one. During the next at bat Glover stole second and when the throw went through Kreiger sprinted home for the double steal to tie the game.
The Broncos left one runner on in the sixth, then in the seventh had two in scoring position with one out but came away empty.
After the Broncos loaded the bases with one out in the eighth and failed to score Patton took back all momentum as she snagged a line drive and doubled off the tiebreak runner to start the bottom of the inning.
Weir Powers Comeback Against Toreros
Makenna Weir was 3-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored, including her first-career home run to help Boise State battle back from a 3-0 deficit against San Diego and win 5-3. Weir drove in each of the first three runs to tie the game and scored the go-ahead run.
Lela Work started the game in the circle, going the distance for her first win of the year. Work allowed three runs (all unearned) on five hits and one walk. She also struck out five, including back-to-back punch outs with runners on the corners to end the sixth inning.
San Diego went ahead quickly with three runs in the top of the second. All three runs were unearned after a one-out error started the inning. Two singles later it was 1-0 and a throwing error allowed two more to score and the batter reached third.
Weir's first response came when she blasted a towering home run to left field in the second inning. The first homer of her collegiate career put the Broncos on the board. The home run also extended her reached-base streak to 13 games.
In Weir's second trip to the plate she smoked a double to right center, scoring Devon Bridges from second base. She made it to third base, but was stranded there as the Toreros held the lead after four innings.
After Work's two strikeouts to wiggle out of trouble in the top of the sixth, the Broncos put together another scoring threat for Weir's third trip to the plate as a walk and an error put two Broncos on base. Weir roped a single into left center beyond the outstretched diving left fielder to score Holly Bourke from second to tie the game. Bridges was tagged out on the bases on the play for the first out of the inning.
After a wild pitch advanced Weir to second, Mackenzie Whyte singled to give the Broncos runners at the corners. It was Whyte's third hit of the game, matching her career high, and her first three-hit game since her freshman season in 2011.
With runners at the corners and two outs freshman Ashley Palmer pummeled a double off the 225-foot sign on the wall in center to score both runs and put the Broncos on top 5-3. It was the first runs batted in for Palmer since the second game of the season, Feb. 9 against Northwestern.
Work picked up a strikeout and two groundouts in the seventh to secure the win.
Boise State will close its stay at the San Diego Classic I Sunday, with a game against Utah State at 9 a.m. (PT) at SDSU Softball Stadium.
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