TEMPE, Ariz.-Mackenzie Whyte homered in the sixth inning to break a 3-3 tie and Boise State held on to win 5-4 Sunday, against Wichita State to wrap up a 4-1 weekend at the Wilson/DeMarini Invitational in Tempe, Ariz.
Whyte was the third Bronco to hit her first home run of the season against the Shockers. Jordan Kreiger and Tara Glover hit back-to-back bombs in the third inning to give Boise State a 2-0 lead.
The Broncos (13-7) got at least one hit from eight spots in the lineup as they totaled 11 hits in the game. They had 50 hits in the five-game tournament for a .365 team batting average while slugging .635 with 10 home runs. Boise State entered the week with three home runs in the first 15 games.
Allie Crump started the game for the Broncos and went four innings. Crump held Wichita State scoreless, working around two hits and three walks. Crump also helped herself out with a run-scoring single in the fourth inning to stretch the Bronco lead to 3-0. That would remain the score when Crump handed the ball off to Lela Work for the final three innings.
Work ran into trouble immediately. Two singles and a wild pitch put two runners in scoring position with two away. The next batter drove a three-run home run to left and tied the score. Work got out of the inning, but it was a new game headed into the sixth.
One out into the Broncos' at bat Whyte got ahold of her fourth-career homer and put Boise State back on top. Work took care of business in the bottom of the frame, sitting the Shockers down in order.
After Holly Bourke drove in a run in the seventh inning, another home run for Wichita State cut the lead to 5-4. Work weathered a two-out error and struck out the last batter of the game to get the win.
Kreiger and Glover each hit their home runs off of Shocker starter Sloan Anderson. Kreiger and Anderson were prep teammates at Glencoe High School in Hillsboro, Ore., and also played together for Northwest Blaze on the travel-ball circuit. Glover teamed with them on Northwest Blaze as the trio won the 2009 ASA Gold 16U National Championship.
Boise State returns to the diamond Friday through Sunday, in Columbia, Mo. The Broncos will take on 2011 Women's College World Series participant Missouri twice, in addition to a pair of games against Northern Illinois and one contest with Alcorn State.
Lela Work pitched 11 innings at the Wilson/DeMarini Invitational, going 2-0 with a save and a 2.55 ERA...Tara Glover recorded two hits against the Shockers, giving her 12 multi-hit games this season...Boise State is 7-0 this season when hitting at least one a home run.