No. 16/20 Arizona Muscles Way to Doubleheader Sweep
TUCSON, Ariz.-Boise State softball dropped a pair of run-rule games Saturday, against No. 16/20 Arizona in Tucson, Ariz. The Wildcats won 14-4 in five innings in the game one and 10-2 in five innings in the series finale. Arizona ripped nine home runs on the day, giving the Wildcats 12 in the series.
Tara Glover homered twice on the day and finished the series 6-for-10 at the plate. Mackenzie Whyte was 3-for-5 in the doubleheader, going 4-for-7 in the series with 6 RBI and two home runs.
Big Second Inning Leads Arizona to 14-4 Win
Glover led off the game with a blast to right to put the Broncos on the board first. Arizona responded immediately with two runs (one earned) in the bottom of the frame to take the lead.
After the Broncos went down in order in the second, the Wildcats brought 13 batters to the plate in their half of the inning. They racked up seven hits and drew three walks on their way to nine runs. Two of Arizona's three home runs in the game came in the frame.
Glover hit her second home run of the game in the third inning. Whyte homered in the fourth to cut the margin to eight, but Arizona responded again. A three-run blast pushed the lead to 11. The Broncos scored another run in the fifth on an RBI single from Whyte, but left the bases loaded as they could not get within eight and extend the game.
Kenzie Cole started the game in the circle. Cole lasted two innings, allowing 11 runs (10 earned) on nine hits. The sophomore struck out one and walked three. Sarah Barnes relieved Cole in the circle. Barnes retired the first four batters she faced before three-straight hits ended in the fourth-inning three-run homer.
Wildcats Homer Six Times, Win 10-2
Devon Bridges and Mackenzie Whyte each drove in a run for the Broncos in the first inning. Boise State scored in its first at bat each game during the series. So did Arizona. The Wildcats used a leadoff home run in the first inning to cut the lead in half, but stranded runners at the corners.
Neither team scored in the second inning, but Arizona homered twice in the third inning and scored four runs to take its first lead of the game. The Wildcats added to the lead with the big fourth inning.
The Broncos did not get a hit after the first inning, only putting two runners on base via walk.
Rebecca Patton made the start in the circle for Boise State and took the loss in three-plus innings of work. Patton allowed nine runs (eight earned) on 13 hits while walking two and striking out one. Lela Work took over in the fourth inning. Work allowed a home run to the first batter she faced, but retired the next three including two strikeouts. Boise State was retired in order in the fifth to end the game.
The next time Boise State will take the field the Broncos will be opening their new home field at Dona Larsen Park for the SpringHill Suites Invitational. Boise State plays six times during the tournament, playing at 2 p.m. (MT) and 4 p.m. (MT) each Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
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