Rams Clinch Series With 10-6 Win
March 29, 2014
FORT COLLINS, Colo. -
Boise State dropped another high-scoring affair Saturday, at Colorado State. The Broncos fell 10-6 as the Rams claimed the series. Boise State (17-15, 2-3 MW) racked up 12 hits, but stranded 12 runners on base, including leaving the bases loaded three times.
Colorado State (17-9, 2-3 MW) scored three unearned runs in the fifth inning to break open a tie game and added an insurance run in the sixth to provide the final margin. The Rams came from behind Friday, with five runs in the sixth inning to win the opener.
Rebecca Patton started in the circle for the second day in a row. Patton took the loss in six innings of work, allowing eight runs (four earned) on 11 hits, four walks and a strikeout. Mackenzie McGill appeared in relief without registering an out.
Sarah Barnes got the scoring started for Boise State with a two-run home run in the second inning. The frame continued with a pair of walks and a single to load the bases. With two outs and the bases still full, Mackenzie Whyte drew a walk to make the Broncos’ lead 3-0. The bases were left loaded.
Colorado State answered immediately with two runs in the bottom of the frame. Both runs scored after a wild pitch got away with two outs and the throw to the plate got away in an attempt to throw out the first runner.
Hailey Torrez continued her hot start to the conference season with a hit in each of her first two at bats. Torrez’ single to lead off the third inning started a two-run frame. Again, Boise State left a runner at every bag to end the inning.
With the three-run lead, the Broncos turned to McGill out of the bullpen. She walked the only two batters she faced before Patton was summoned to return from the dugout. She picked up two quick outs before allowing three-straight hits. An error and a walk were as the Rams scored four times and batted around in the inning.
The 6-5 lead did not last long. The Broncos used three-straight, two-out hits to push across the tying run in the very next inning. Barnes hit an infield single to get it started, was moved into scoring position by Rose Saenz and eventually driven in by Makenna Weir, tying the game 6-6.
Colorado State had one more answer. An error kept the fifth inning alive and with two outs, a two-run double broke the tie. A triple followed to score another run. The Rams added a run on an RBI single in the sixth for good measure.
The Broncos loaded the bases with one out in the fifth, but the final eight batters to come to the plate were retired to close the game.
Eight of the nine Bronco starters had a hit in the game, including four with two hits. Kreiger and Torrez each had two hits for the second time in the series. Torrez now has a 10-game hitting streak and his 9-of-14 in Mountain West play.
Weir’s RBI single in the fourth was her first hit since March 1, snapping a 0-for-18 streak. However, during that streak Weir drew six walks, was hit by two pitches and laid down five sacrifice bunts.
The series concludes Sunday, at 1 p.m. (MT) from Ram Field.
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