Rams Rally Late for Win in Opener

March 28, 2014

Final Stats

FORT COLLINS, Colo. - A pitcher's duel turned into an offensive outburst when Boise State and Colorado State combined for seven runs in the decisive sixth inning. The Rams scored five times to take the lead and eventually hold on for a 6-4 win.

Boise State (17-14, 2-2 MW) scored twice in the top of the sixth to take a 3-1 lead. Bronco starter Rebecca Patton retired the first two batters of the inning and struck out the third batter, but she reached on a wild pitch to extend the inning.

A single and a walk loaded the bases as the ill-fated sixth inning continued and a hit batter brought in the first run to make it a one-run game. The next Ram hitter grounded a ball toward shortstop. Mackenzie Whyte went the short way to get the out at second, but her throw was late. The runner from second never stopped and two runs scored on the play, taking the lead. A single up the middle and an error allowed two more runs to come across and make it 6-3 before Boise State could get out of the inning.

The Broncos mounted a two-out rally in the seventh inning behind two walks and a Jordan Kreiger double, but came up short in their comeback effort.

Boise State got on the board first in the third inning. After Ram starter Holly Reinke retired the first eight hitters she saw, Lindsey Nicholson singled up the middle with two outs. Nicholson stole second base and Tara Glover hit a chopper back to the circle. Reinke got to it, but threw the ball away and Nicholson came around to score.

The Rams tied the game in the fourth, and it remained 1-1 until the sixth. Kreiger led off the inning with a single and Whyte followed suit, punching a ball into center. It was misplayed in the outfield allowing Kreiger to make it all the way home. One out later, Hailey Torrez dumped her second hit of the game into left center to score Whyte and give the Broncos a 3-1 advantage.

Colorado State (16-9, 1-3 MW) put a runner in scoring position in five of its six turns at the plate against Patton. The Bronco starter limited the damage through the first five frames. The Rams tied the game in the fourth inning on a sacrifice fly. Patton left a runner at third to end that inning and again in the fifth, before Colorado State broke through in the sixth.

Patton suffered the complete-game loss to drop her record to 15-7. She allowed six runs (five earned) on seven hits and four walks, while striking out four.

Torrez and Kreiger each enjoyed multi-hit days. Torrez, from nearby Broomfield, Colo., was 2-for-3 with an RBI. Kreiger was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.

The Broncos and Rams continue their series Saturday, at 1 p.m. (MT), from Ram Field.

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