Bronco Comeback Falls Short Against UNLV
BOISE, Idaho-Boise State softball could not complete a late rally attempt against UNLV, losing 6-5 in the first game of a Mountain West series Friday, at Dona Larsen Park. The Broncos trailed 6-2 in the bottom of the fifth before cutting the deficit to one and putting the tying run in scoring position each of the final two innings.
Boise State (17-17, 2-5 MW) outhit UNLV 13-10, but had two base runners thrown out and one called out for leaving early. Tara Glover was 3-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored. Glover also stole her 21st base of the season.
Glover now has 193 hits in her Boise State career and 248 hits in her collegiate career. Her 193 hits are a school record, breaking Holly Bourke's previous mark of 191. The 248 hits put her alone in fourth on the all-time Mountain West list, two shy of a tie for second place.
The Rebels (15-20, 5-2 MW) jumped out to an early lead with four runs on five hits in the first inning, including three with two outs.
Boise State responded immediately. Glover walked and stole second before moving to third on a passed ball. Hailey Torrez also walked and stole second, putting two runners in scoring position with two outs. Sarah Barnes delivered with a double to the wall in left, scoring both runs and cutting the UNLV lead in half.
The score would remain the same until the fifth inning. UNLV stretched its lead with a solo home run and an RBI triple in the top of the frame. Again, the Broncos responded.
Lindsey Nicholson led off the inning beating out an infield single, but was called out for leaving first early on a steal attempt before Glover singled up the middle. Jordan Kreiger delivered a double to left center, her second hit of the game, to score Glover all the way from first.
With two outs and Kreiger still at second, Ashley Palmer swatted her sixth home run of the season over the fence in right center getting the Broncos within one. Two more singles put the tying run in scoring position and the go-ahead run aboard. A ground out ended the fifth.
The Broncos came to the plate twice more with the score still 6-5. They put runners at the corners with one out in the sixth inning, but the lead runner was thrown out in a double steal attempt and a fly out ended the inning. Torrez led off the seventh inning with a double down the right field line. The next three batters were retired.
Rebecca Patton took the complete-game loss for the Broncos. Patton (15-10) allowed six runs on 10 hits while walking one and striking out two. She labored through the four-run first inning before settling in. Patton kept the Rebels off the board in the next three innings before being stung by extra-base hits in the fifth. She gave the Broncos a chance by retiring seven of the last eight she faced.
Glover, Kreiger, Barnes and Libbie Jimenez all recorded multi-hit games. Jimenez has multiple hits in consecutive games and three of her last five starts.
The loss marked the first time Boise State has dropped the opening game of a home conference series since April 9, 2010, against No. 25 Hawai'i.
The series with the Rebels continues Saturday, with first pitch scheduled for 3 p.m. from Dona Larsen Park.