Broncos Take Opener, Game Two Halted
April 22, 2014
LOGAN, Utah -
Rebecca Patton led Boise State to a 5-1 series opening win Tuesday, against Utah State before the second game of a scheduled doubleheader was suspended in the third inning. Patton went the distance in the opener to earn her 20th win of the season, matching the school record.
The Broncos (24-19, 9-7 MW) and Aggies (17-25, 5-8 MW) will resume play Wednesday at noon (MT) before playing the finale immediately after. The game was halted with Utah State leading 6-5 with two outs and two runners on in the bottom of the third inning. It was first suspended due to lightning in the area, but rain began to fall soon after and the decision was made.
Patton Guides Broncos to Win in Opener
With the game still looking for its first run in the top of the third, Makenna Weir singled to lead off the inning. Weir moved to second on a sacrifice. With two outs, Weir was still at second and Ashley Palmer’s ground ball was mishandled. As the ball trickled into left field, Weir rounded third and scored to put the Broncos on the board.
Patton worked in and out of trouble in the fourth and fifth innings. A pair of singles in the fourth inning were stranded at first and second. In the fifth, the Aggies leadoff hitter was hit by a pitch and the next singled to center field. Patton returned to form, getting a strikeout for the first out and a pair of ground balls. The first advanced both runners into scoring position. The second was sharply hit, fielded nicely along the first base line by Palmer who took it to the bag herself to end the inning.
Meanwhile, Utah State starting pitcher Noelle Johnson limited the Broncos to just four hits through the first six innings. The Boise State offense came alive in the seventh as it used five-consecutive hits to tack on four insurance runs in the seventh inning. The inning started with a long home run to left by Brittany McCray. It was McCray’s second-straight game with a seventh-inning blast.
Weir and Kayla Clausen followed with singles, the second hit of the game for each. With two runners on Tara Glover roped a line drive in the gap in right center. Glover ran all the way around to third with her second triple of the season. She came in to score on Jordan Kreiger’s single to left, putting the Broncos ahead 5-0.
A leadoff home run by Johnson in the bottom of the seventh inning broke up Patton’s shutout bid, but the Bronco starter retired the next three hitters.
Kreiger was 2-for-3 with a double, single, walk and an RBI. Weir was also 2-for-3, while Clausen was 2-for-2 with a sacrifice bunt.
Boise State allowed the Aggie leadoff batter to reach base via error in the first and second innings. Both were retired on double plays. Weir snagged a line drive at third base in the first inning before catching the runner off the bag at first to end the inning. In the second, Clausen made a diving catch in right field along the foul line, before getting to her feet and throwing out the runner at first.
Aggies Lead Suspended Game Two
Boise State scored in the top of the first inning without the benefit of a base hit. Glover scored after drawing a walk, stealing second, taking third on a wild pitch and coming in on a ground ball. The Broncos left two more runners on base who walked in the inning.
The Aggies responded immediately. Boise State starter Kenzie Cole retired the first batter she faced, but the next five reached. A walk was followed by four hits, including a two-run double to make the score 4-1 and chase Cole from the game. Mackenzie McGill entered in relief. McGill retired both batters she faced, allowing the inherited runner to score on a ground out.
The Broncos tied the game with two runs in the second and two more in the third. Palmer delivered a two-out, bases-loaded single to drive in the two runs in the second. Clausen tripled in two runs with two outs in the third to knot the game 5-5.
Utah State took the lead right back with a home run to lead off the bottom of the third. A pair of fly outs alternated with a walk and an infield single before the game was stopped.
The game was initially delayed at 4:37 p.m. (MT) due to lightning in the area. Lightning continued to strike before rain came down and the tarp was brought out. By 5:17 p.m., game and school officials decided to postpone the contest until Wednesday.
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