RIVERSIDE, Calif.-Boise State softball pushed five runs across in the second inning to break open its game against Weber State Friday, going on to win 10-1 in five innings at the Amy S. Harrison Classic in Riverside, Calif. It is the first run-rule victory for the Broncos since March 22, 2012, against Seattle, a 9-0 win.
Rebecca Patton shut the Wildcats down with a dominant pitching performance. Patton pitched four shutout innings giving up just one hit and two walks while striking out eight. She worked out of a jam in the first inning after a pair of one-out walks and a passed ball put two runners in scoring position. Patton struck out the next five Weber State hitters as the first six outs were recorded via strikeout.
Boise State (5-6) put together a threat right away, loading the bases with one out in the first inning. A two-out walk pushed across the first run of the game, but the Broncos left them loaded. After Patton wiggled out of trouble in the bottom of the frame the offense took charge in the second, capitalizing on Weber State miscues.
Three-straight one-out walks brought Devon Bridges to the plate with the bases loaded. Bridges reached on an infield single for her second hit of the game and drove in one. Mackenzie Whyte followed with a two-run single and with two away Makenna Weir singled to clear the bases and make the score 6-0.
Tara Glover put the game into run-rule territory with a two-run homer to center in the third inning. Glover has homered in the last two games and is now riding a six-game hitting streak.
Weber State (0-6) singled to lead off the bottom of the third inning for its first hit of the game. Patton retired the next six hitters and the Broncos were in complete control.
Jordan Kreiger tripled to drive in a run in the fifth inning and later scored to provide the final margin.
Lela Work took over in the circle for the fifth inning. Work walked her first two batters and a one-out single drove in the Wildcats' first run. The senior pitcher struck out one to give the Broncos a season-high nine punch outs as a team.
Holly Bourke reached base in each of the first three innings, two walks followed by a single, to get aboard safely in seven-consecutive plate appearances after her 4-for-4 performance Feb. 17, against Rutgers. Bourke has reached base in 10 of her last 13 plate appearances.
Kreiger, who notched her first multi-hit game of the year, scored three times hitting in the nine spot of the order. Weir finished 2-for-2 with three RBI and has reached base safely in her last seven games.
Boise State will take the field twice Saturday, starting at 9 a.m. (PT) against San Diego. The Broncos will also play immediately after that game at approximately 11:30 a.m. (PT) against host UC Riverside.