McCray's Homer Highlights Dramatic 7-6 Win
April 19, 2014
BOISE, Idaho -
Boise State scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to overcome a two-run deficit and win in walk-off fashion Saturday, at Dona Larsen Park. The Broncos defeated San Jose State 7-6 in the series finale to claim the series win. Brittany McCray's two-run home run in the final inning tied the game before Tara Glover drove in the winning run with a double.
Boise State (23-19, 8-7 MW) entered the final inning trailing 6-4 after leading much of the game. San Jose State (24-18, 7-5 MW) scored three runs in the fourth and fifth innings, taking the lead in the latter. That only set the stage for a dramatic seventh, thanks in large part to the bottom of the Bronco order.
Libbie Jimenez, the No. 6 hitter in the lineup, led off the final at bat with a single up the middle for her second hit of the game. McCray dug in next and hit a laser to straight-away center field, clearing the fence and tying the game. It was McCray's second home run of the season. Kayla Clausen drew a one-out walk to keep the rally going and turn the lineup over to Glover. The Bronco leadoff hitter worked the count full before turning on a pitch and pummeling it off the fence in right center. With Glover encouraging her from behind, Clausen rounded third and never stopped. She slid in for the winning run and set off another celebration at Dona Larsen Park.
Ashley Palmer put together a 4-for-4 day at the plate, including two doubles and two RBI. Palmer tied the school record for hits in a game, the 12th time in school history a Bronco has delivered a four-hit performance. It was Palmer's first-career game with at least three hits.
Glover was 3-for-5 with two doubles, two runs scored and a stolen base. Her steal in the fourth inning was her 28th of the season, breaking her own school record for steals in a season. Glover has five three-hit games in her last nine outings and has seven hits in each of the last two home series. She now has 263 hits in her career, just two shy of tying the all-time Mountain West record.
Boise State jumped out to a 3-0 lead with two runs in the first and one more in the second. Palmer doubled and scored in the first and drove in Glover in the second. Palmer also drove in Glover in the fourth to take the lead back after the Spartans had tied the game in the top of the inning.
Mackenzie McGill earned the win in relief for Boise State. McGill entered in the sixth inning and pitched a pair of shutout frames, allowing just one hit and one walk. She also picked up a strikeout.
Rebecca Patton started the game in the circle and pitched five innings. Patton kept the Spartans at bay to begin the game, retiring the first seven hitters she faced. A one-out double in the third was stranded at third base.
A two-out error in the fourth inning led to three runs as San Jose State tied the game. After the Broncos got the lead back in the bottom of the frame, the Spartans got to Patton again in the fifth. Three-straight two-out hits culminated with a three-run home run to center by Jessie Hufstetler, putting San Jose State on top 6-4.
The Broncos went quietly in the fifth before McGill entered. Patton finished with six hits and six runs (three earned) allowed in her five innings while walking one and striking out two.
Boise State hosted a Locks of Love hair donation event on the field after the game. The event drew 13 donors and an additional three pre-cut ponytails were donated to the cause. Seven Boise State softball student-athletes donated their hair, including event organizer Lindsey Nicholson. Boise State assistant coach Shelly Prochaska also donated. San Jose State student-athlete Erin Rodriguez joined the event, cutting off 10 inches of her hair.
Fellow Boise State student-athletes Jordan Marthens (women's swimming and diving) and Ocean Pelloille (women's golf) supported the cause by donating their hair. Two members of the Boise community also showed up to donate hair, including one brave woman who cut off 15 inches.
The Broncos are back in action Tuesday and Wednesday at Utah State. The Aggies are 5-7 in Mountain West play after taking one game from San Diego State this weekend. The Aztecs are tied atop the standings with Fresno State and Colorado State, all at 8-4. The Broncos are sixth, just a game and a half out of first place and have already played four of the five teams in front of them.
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