Spartans Even Series, 11-5
April 18, 2014
BOISE, Idaho - San Jose State exploded for six runs in the sixth inning and defeated Boise State 11-5 Friday, at Dona Larsen Park to tie their Mountain West series. The Broncos had 12 hits in the game, but stranded 12 runners.
Tara Glover led the way offensively with a 3-for-5 day, two runs scored and one driven in. Lindsey Nicholson also had a multi-hit day, going 2-for-4 with an RBI and a spectacular defensive play in left field.
Kenzie Cole started in the circle for the Broncos and took the loss. Cole was snake bitten in the first inning with two illegal pitches. The first came after an apparent groundout on a 3-1 pitch. Instead, the second out of the inning was wiped away and a ball was awarded to the batter for a walk. The next batter popped up to third on a 2-2 count. The pitch was deemed illegal, bringing Jessica Garcia back to the batter's box and advancing the runner to second. Garcia homered over the scoreboard on the next pitch for an early 2-0 lead.
Glover singled in the bottom of the first and later scored when Nicholson punched a single up the middle. The Broncos left the bases loaded in the first inning and settle for one run. Glover doubled in the second inning to score Makenna Weir from first base and tie the game.
Cole looked to settle in with a perfect second inning and worked around a one-out single in the third to escape with no damage, keeping the score tied. She was not as sharp in the fourth inning.
A leadoff single was followed by a ground out. The next three batters reached, including back-to-back doubles to cap it off and put the Spartans ahead 5-2, chasing Cole from the game.
Mackenzie McGill entered the game in relief. McGill issued a two-out walk to put runners at the corners, but a fly out ended the frame.
Glover started a two-out rally in the fourth with an infield single, her third hit of the game. She hustled around to third on a bloop single by Brittany McCray and scored on a single by Ashley Palmer to get the Broncos within two. Glover has five three-hit games in MW play, including four in the last eight outings. She has 260 hits in her career, five shy of tying the all-time MW record.
Nicholson's sparkling defensive play was the third out of the fifth inning. With a runner at second base she chased after a fly ball in the left field corner. Sprinting toward the foul line, Nicholson reached up just in time to haul in the catch before crashing into the fence.
The Broncos took the momentum into the bottom of the frame, loading the bases with two outs. But they left the sacks full for the second time in the game and San Jose State maintained a two-run advantage.
The Spartans needed just two hits in the sixth inning to score six runs (five unearned). Consecutive one-out singles started things before a walk, error, unsuccessful fielder's choice, successful fielder's choice, walk, wild pitch, error and walk meant 11 batters came to the plate and six runs crossed the plate. It was enough to put the game in run-rule territory as San Jose State led 11-3.
Neither team scored in the seventh as the final score read 11-5.
Jordan Kreiger had a single and a sacrifice bunt before exiting the game prior to the third inning. Kreiger was forced to leave as a result of lingering effects from a ground ball that kicked off her glove and hit her face. She stayed with the play and made the out to end the first inning. Jimenez, a freshman, slid over from second base to become the shortstop. In her first collegiate appearance at the position, Jimenez made two putouts and five assists without committing an error. She finished the game with a career-high six assists.
The series will conclude Saturday, with first pitch at noon (MT). Boise State will host a Locks of Love hair donation event after the game. Anyone interested in donating their hair to Locks of Love can register at BroncoSports.com/locksoflove.
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