Jimenez Blasts Broncos to 9-6 Win

April 12, 2014

Final Stats

RENO, Nev. - A three-run home run in the top of the sixth inning by Libbie Jimenez put Boise State ahead for good in a 9-6 win Saturday, at Nevada. The Broncos clinched the series behind 11 hits, including a 2-for-4 day from Jimenez capped by her first-career home run.

The Broncos (20-18, 5-6 MW) saw three Nevada pitchers in the game, including Friday starter Karlyn Jones for the final two innings. After mustering just four hits against Jones in the first game, Boise State jumped on her right after she entered a tie game. The first three batters she faced reached base, including a sharp single by Hailey Torrez and a long double by Lindsey Nicholson to put two in scoring position for Jimenez. The freshman fell behind 1-2 after watching the first three pitches before turning on the next offering and sending it over the fence in left center to give Boise State a 9-6 lead. They would hold on to make that the final score.

Tara Glover had three hits in the first three innings, her third three-hit game in the last five outings. Glover stole three bases in the game and scored once. She drove in a run with a double in the second inning.

Makenna Weir enjoyed her first multi-hit game of the season, including a two-run home run in the top of the third inning. Weir also singled in a run in the second to tie the game 2-2. Weir has three hits in the series after entering the weekend 5-for-51 on the season. The homer was her second of the season.

Boise State led 6-2 after the top of the third, but Nevada crept back into the game. A leadoff home run in the third inning made it a three-run game before three runs in the fourth tied the score. The Wolf Pack (21-18, 3-8 MW) batted around in the inning, scoring three times and leaving the bases loaded, despite getting the ball out of the infield just twice.

Kenzie Cole made the start for the Broncos in the circle. It was Cole's first start since Feb. 14. She lasted three-and-one-third innings, allowing five runs on five hits and two walks. The junior could not make it out of the fourth inning, even though she limited Nevada's hard hits. With one out in the fourth a runner on, one already in and a 6-4 lead, Boise State turned to Mackenzie McGill. The Wolf Pack eventually tied the game in the inning.

McGill earned the win out of the bullpen. McGill tossed three-and-two-thirds innings in relief, allowing just three hits and three walks. She gave up one unearned run to pick up her third win of the season. McGill did not give up a hit after escaping the fourth inning. She scattered three walks across the final three innings, not allowing a runner past second base.

Glover manufactured the first run of the game, singling through the right side to start the first inning. She stole second and later swiped third on a double steal. The throw to third made its way into left field so Glover jumped up and ran home.

Nevada responded with two runs in the bottom of the first inning to take the lead. The Broncos came back with three in the second for a 4-2 lead. In the third, Weir's home run added to the advantage, also scoring Sarah Barnes who doubled to lead off the inning.

Boise State stole four bases in the game, giving the Broncos 75 for the season. The school record for a season is 77 (2010) and the Mountain West record is 87.

The series concludes Sunday, with first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m. (PT) at Hixson Park.

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