Bridges Hits Late Bomb, Broncos Split with Texas Tech
March 23, 2013
LAS VEGAS - Devon Bridges blasted a three-run home run in the top of the seventh inning to give Boise State a 4-2 win over Texas Tech, Saturday, in the Broncos' second game of the Rebel Classic in Las Vegas. Boise State fell to the Red Raiders 3-2 earlier in the day.
Bridges drove in all four runs in the second game. Her fifth-inning single scored Tara Glover to cut Texas Tech's lead in half before Bridges' sixth home run of the season came with Glover and Holly Bourke on base to put Boise State (14-16) on top.
It is just the eighth time in school history the Broncos have won a game in which it trailed after six innings.
Glover was 5-for-8 on the day and scored four of the Broncos' six runs. She had two hits in the opener and three hits in game two, giving her seven multi-hit games in the past 11 contests with 20 hits over that stretch. The junior also tied a school record with three stolen bases in the second game and is a perfect 15-for-15 on the base paths this year, the best start to a season in school history.
The Broncos got strong pitching performances in both games. Senior Lela Work held the Red Raiders (26-12) to four hits but took the complete-game loss as all three runs allowed were unearned. Redshirt junior Rebecca Patton went the distance in the second game for her seventh win of the year, surrendering two runs (both unearned) on six hits.
Work and Patton held Texas Tech without an extra-base hit. The Red Raiders entered the week ranked 10th-nationally in slugging percentage. They were also fifth in the country in scoring at better than seven runs per game.
Late Miscues Cost Broncos in First Game
The Broncos took an early lead when Glover doubled in Boise State's first at bat and Makenna Weir's two-out single drove her in. Glover singled to start the third inning before a single and hit batter loaded the bases. Weir drove in another run with a ground out as the Broncos jumped out to a 2-0 lead.
After four innings Work had faced just one batter over the minimum. The first batter of the fifth inning reached on an error and the Red Raiders used a sacrifice bunt, stolen base and sacrifice fly to scratch out their first run.
In the sixth inning a Texas Tech leadoff single was erased by Boise State's second double play of the game. A walk extended the inning before a two-out error put runners on the corners and kept the threat alive. Cleanup hitter Sandy James delivered her second hit of the game to tie the score before a wild pitch put the Red Raiders on top.
The Broncos put the tying run on third in the sixth but could not push it across and went down in order in the seventh.
Work walked one and struck out four while limiting the Red Raiders to just four singles. The tough-luck loss drops her to 4-4 on the season.
Boise State outhit Texas Tech 6-4 in the game.
Bridges Delivers Late as Broncos Finally Cash in Opportunities
Texas Tech continued to take advantage of Boise State mistakes in the early going. Two Bronco errors coupled with two singles and a walk in the bottom of the second inning led to a pair of unearned runs for the Red Raiders.
The Broncos left runners in scoring position in each of the first four innings, including stranding a run sixty feet away in the third and fourth. They finally broke through in the fifth.
After Glover's third stolen base of the game Boise State had a runner in scoring position for the fifth-straight inning. She took third on a fly out and brought Bridges to the plate in an RBI opportunity for the third time in the game. She took the first pitch she saw right back up the middle to get the Broncos on the board.
The seventh inning started much the same. With one out Glover reached on her second infield single of the game. Bourke followed with a four-pitch walk to put the go-ahead run aboard with one out. Bridges again wasted no time as she unloaded on the first pitch and deposited it beyond the fence in left center.
Patton walked one in the seventh to bring the tying run to the plate, but got a looking strikeout to end the game and make the lead stand. She worked out of trouble on numerous occasions, stranding base runners in six of the seven innings including four frames forcing the Red Raiders to leave multiple runners on base. They left nine for the game. Patton allowed the leadoff batter to reach in five innings.
Bridges, with her four runs driven in in the game, now has 32 RBI for the season. That is tied for eighth-most in a single season at Boise State. Her sixth home run of the year gives the junior 36 in her career, one shy of the career record.
The Broncos will have another doubleheader on the final day of the Rebel Classic Sunday, against No. 19/18 Tulsa. The Broncos are 0-6 this season against ranked teams.
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