Broncos Fall in Finale at Colorado State

March 30, 2014

Final Stats

FORT COLLINS, Colo. -

Colorado State earned a series sweep against Boise State with a 12-4 win in six innings Sunday, at Ram Field. The Rams scored four times in the bottom of the sixth to end the game early and squash any chance of a Bronco comeback.

Colorado State (18-9, 3-3 MW) jumped out to a 7-1 lead after two innings, including a grand slam in the second to make it a six-run cushion. The Broncos (17-16, 2-4 MW) did not go away, scoring three times in the next inning, including a two-run home run from Mackenzie Whyte.

Whyte’s blast to left field, her fourth homer of the year, brought the Broncos back within three at 7-4. Lindsey Nicholson scored earlier in the inning after an errant throw. Jordan Kreiger was brought home on Whyte’s bomb.

The Rams scored once in the bottom of the third to increase their lead to four runs. The Broncos would get no closer, leaving runners at the corners in the fifth, going in order in the sixth and stranding two in scoring position in the sixth.

Colorado State finished the game with four runs in the bottom of the sixth, thanks in part to a pair of defensive miscues. A potential double play turned into the first run as the second throw went between two fielders at first base. The next batter drove in a run with a single to shallow right that fell between two Bronco gloves. With two outs, a double off the wall in left drove in the final two runs of the game and put the run rule in effect.

The Rams scored early against Rebecca Patton. A two-run home run in the first inning got the scoring started as Patton made her third start of the series. She lasted two innings and took the loss, allowing seven runs (six earned) on four hits and two walks. Patton has pitched in all six of Boise State’s conference games, including five starts.

Mackenzie McGill entered the game in relief to start the third inning and kept the Broncos within striking distance. After allowing a run in the third on a bases-loaded walk, McGill retired seven in a row. The stretch included perfect frames in the fourth and fifth.

McGill could not get out of trouble in the sixth inning. She tossed three-and-two-thirds innings, surrendering five runs on five hits and three walks.

Ashley Palmer led off the second inning with a double and was moved over on a sacrifice bunt by Torrez. Rose Saenz matched Palmer and doubled to right center, scoring the Broncos’ first run of the game. The momentum was quickly erased with Colorado State’s five-run frame in the bottom half of the second.

Libbie Jimenez made her first start since March 15, and responded with a 2-for-3 game at the plate. Jimenez singled in the fourth and doubled in the sixth, the first extra-base hit of her career.

The loss marks just the second time the Broncos have been swept in a series in their three years as a member of the Mountain West (2013 at Fresno State).

Boise State will look to bounce back with a home series April 4-6, against UNLV. The Rebels will come to Dona Larsen Park as part of a four-way tie for first in the Mountain West, two games ahead of the Broncos.


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