Bridges Sets Boise State Benchmark In Loss
April 8, 2015
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Devon Bridges went 3-for-5 with four RBI in Wednesday's 12-11, eight-inning loss at UNLV, with the first of those hits, a two-run single up the middle, being the 217th of her career, putting her past Tara Glover (2012-14) as Boise State's all-time hits leader.
Bridges, a redshirt senior, hit a two-run homer, her fifth of the season, in the sixth to go with a double, and led the Broncos with three hits in the contest. Fellow senior Jordan Kreiger also set a Boise State record of her own Wednesday, going 2-for-4 and hitting her 31st career double to move past Holly Bourke (2010-13) as the school's all-time leader.
The Broncos have a quick turnaround on deck, hosting Nevada for a three-game series at Dona Larsen Park beginning Friday at 4 p.m. MT. Saturday's contest has also been moved up to a 2:30 p.m. MT first pitch so as not to conflict with the Blue & Orange Spring Game at 5 p.m. at Albertsons Stadium.
Wednesday, Boise State was six-down at one point, trailing 10-4 after the fifth inning, but the Broncos halved that deficit with three runs in the sixth, then tied it up with a three-run, two-out rally in the seventh to force extra innings.
But after taking an 11-10 lead on Clausen's sacrifice fly to right which scored Hughes, the Broncos suffered a second-straight walk-off defeat as UNLV scored twice to capture the win. Brooke Stover reached on Ketelsleger's error at shortstop to open the frame, then pinch-runner Lexie McKinnon was bunted over to second by Garie Blando.
After Fahren Glackin was hit by a pitch, Samantha Juarez singled to right-center, driving in McKinnon to tie it up. Emily Haslinger then singled to right, scoring Glackin with the winner.
For the third straight time in this week's series, Boise State took a first-inning lead, going up 2-0 on Bridges' two-out, two-run base hit which scored Shaelee Pearson and Makenzie Sullivan. Yet once again in the series, UNLV was able to score in their half of the first, this time plating three to take a 3-2 lead.
The first three batters reached for UNLV, loading the bases with a single from Fahren Glackin being sandwiched around walks to Garie Blando and Samantha Juarez. Emily Haslinger would draw the third walk of the inning off of Bronco starter Mackenzie McGill to get the Rebels on the board, and after Alyssa Cordova's fly out UNLV would get a sacrifice fly then an RBI single from Jamie DePippo and Merina Ili to take the 3-2 lead.
McGill lasted just one batter in the second before being relieved by Rachel Rodriguez. Rodriguez would go 3.1 innings, giving up six runs on four hits before Nicole Wilson came in with the bases loaded in the fifth and the Broncos down, 8-4.
Wilson gave up a two-run double to Cordova, making it 10-4 UNLV, before getting the final two outs of the frame with no more scoring.
After the Broncos would get a run on a one-out fielder's choice into center by Hailey Torrez, Bridges stepped up and sent a towering drive way out and over the scoreboard in left field for a two-run shot, bringing the Broncos to within three at 10-7.
Boise State then mounted a two-out rally in the seventh which culminated in a wild sequence to tie the game. Serrano and Clausen opened the inning with outs, but Ketelsleger kept things alive with a double to center. Pearson and Kreiger were each hit by a pitch to load the bases, and Sullivan ran out a bouncer to short for an RBI single.
Torrez then bounced to short, but Blando's throw was off-target, going into the Bronco dugout and allowing Pearson and Kreiger to score to make it 10-10.
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