Broncos Win 1-0 Behind Patton and Glover

April 11, 2014

Final Stats

RENO, Nev. - Rebecca Patton pitched a three-hit shutout and Tara Glover launched a home run as Boise State won a 1-0 thriller Friday, against Nevada in Reno, Nev. Patton took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and Glover's blast to lead off the fourth inning broke up a perfect game for Nevada starter Karlyn Jones.

The game ended on a play at the plate as the Broncos (19-18, 4-6 MW) gunned down the tying run at home. Nevada's Sara Parsons led off the seventh with a single, which was followed by two outs. With the runner still at first base, Megan Sweet doubled down the left field line. Lindsey Nicholson raced to retrieve the ball against the fence and fired it to Jordan Kreiger as Parsons was being waved home. Kreiger took the relay and threw a dart to Brittany McCray at the home. McCray caught it and braced for contact, delivering the tag as Parsons dove for the plate. It was a fitting end to an exciting game and preserved Patton's third shutout of the season.

Patton did no surrender a hit through the first five innings, working around two walks and two Bronco errors. The no-hit bid was broken up with a leadoff double in the sixth inning. She buckled down and faced the middle of the Wolf Pack order with the tying run in scoring position. A lineout and two groundouts got Patton out of the inning, around a walk.

It was just the second time in school history a Boise State pitcher held a no-hitter through five innings. The other was the only no-hitter by a Bronco, Aubray Zell's five-inning no-hitter March 4, 2011, against Southern Utah.

Jones was equally dominant in the circle for Nevada (21-17, 3-7 MW). She retired the first nine Broncos to come to the plate. On the second time through, Glover laid into a 1-2 pitch and drove it over the wall to dead center, clearing the eight-foot tall fence 220 feet from the home plate. It was Glover's fourth home run of the season.

Jones returned to form and sat down the next six Broncos before Makenna Weir dumped a single into shallow right field to lead off the sixth. Weir was still at first when Kreiger doubled to left center with two outs. Weir was held at third and the inning ended with two in scoring position.

Sarah Barnes doubled down the left field line in the seventh inning for Boise State's fourth and final hit of the game.

Boise State and Nevada resume the series Saturday, at 1 p.m. (PT)

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