Another Sweep on the Diamond
March 15, 2014
BOISE, Idaho -
Boise State softball won a pair of games for the second-straight day, Saturday, at Dona Larsen Park. The Broncos (14-11) defeated Idaho State 4-1 before rallying to defeat Southern Utah 4-3. Rebecca Patton earned a win and a save for the second day in a row.
Mackenzie Whyte and Lindsey Nicholson each homered in the win against Idaho State. Whyte hit a first-inning blast to put the Broncos on top early. Nicholson's two-run blast, the first of her career, provided the final runs of a three-run fourth inning top put Boise State ahead for good.
Tara Glover registered three hits and scored twice in the nightcap against Southern Utah. The Thunderbirds took the lead in the top of the seventh, but Glover led off the bottom of the inning with her third hit and scored on a Whyte single to tie the game. The Broncos eventually won in the seventh inning when Brittany McCray was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
Boise State used Patton almost identically to Friday. She pitched the final three innings of a win in game one to earn a save before picking up a complete-game victory against Southern Utah. Mackenzie McGill again started the first game, pitching four innings to earn the win.
The SpringHill Suites Invitational II will come to a close Sunday, with four more games. The Broncos will play twice, at 2:15 p.m. (MT) and 4:30 p.m. (MT), taking on the Thunderbirds and Bengals again.
McGill, Patton Combine to Quiet Bengals Bats
Freshman Mackenzie McGill took the ball in Boise State's first game Saturday, facing a potent Idaho State offense. McGill retired the first six batters she faced to kick start the strongest outing of her brief career. McGill pitched four strong innings, allowing just one run on three hits and no walks. It is just the second time in her 11 appearances she has not issued a walk, the other coming in two-and-one-third innings.
Mackenzie Whyte started the scoring by continuing her strong home stand. Whyte scorched a line drive over the fence in left center in the bottom of the first inning. The blast extended her hitting streak to seven games.
Idaho State tied the game with a two-out RBI single in the third inning. McGill escaped further trouble as a ground out stranded runners at the corners.
The home half of the fourth began with an infield single by Ashley Palmer. Hailey Torrez followed with a laser to the fence in center for a double, leaving two runners in scoring position with nobody out. Makenna Weir tied the game with a ground out to score the pinch runner Izzy Serrano. Nicholson followed and lofted a 2-2 pitch to left field, dropping just on the other side of the fence for the junior's first home run and a 4-1 lead.
Rebecca Patton emerged from the bullpen to pitch the fifth inning. Patton sat down the first two Bengals before an error kept the inning alive. Two singles loaded the bases for Idaho State's clean-up hitter. Instead of cutting into the Broncos' newfound lead, Patton got a pop out on the first pitch.
The senior pitcher retired the side in order in the sixth and seventh innings to seal the win and her second save in as many days.
Broncos Strike Last in Battle of Late-Inning Drama
Glover was 3-for-4 in the game, scored twice and stole a base. She led off three different innings with base hits, including a double to start the game. She later scored in the first inning.
Glover singled up the middle at the outset of the seventh inning and advanced to second when Jordan Kreiger dropped a single in along the left field line. Whyte came to the plate next and worked a nine-pitch at bat. She eventually saw a pitch that caught a lot of the plate and lined it through the right side. Glover scored from second and Kreiger made it to third. Whyte took second on the throw and the Broncos not only tied the game but now had the winning run 60 feet away.
Palmer was hit by a pitch to load the bases. The next two Broncos struck out, as Southern Utah was one out away from extra innings. Instead, Brittany McCray became the fourth Bronco to be hit by a pitch, forcing in the game-winning run.
Southern Utah's seventh-inning rally started with a one-out walk. The next batter tripled to right to tie the game. After a strikeout, the Thunderbirds picked up a two-out single to take the lead.
Rebecca Patton went the distance in the circle to pick up her 12th win. Patton allowed three runs on eight hits and three walks. She struck out four.
Palmer was 2-for-2 with a walk and a hit-by-pitch. She drove in Glover in the bottom of the first to stake the Broncos to an early lead.
Whyte, who extended her hitting streak to eight games with the game-tying single, scored the Broncos' second run of the game when she came flying home on a wild pitch. That came in the bottom of the third, immediately after the Thunderbirds tied the game 1-1 in the top of the inning.
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