April 13, 2014
RENO, Nev. -
Boise State softball brought out the bats and the brooms Sunday, defeating Nevada 8-4 to complete a series sweep against the Wolf Pack. Makenna Weir led the way going 2-for-4 with a home run and a double. Rebecca Patton earned the win in a complete game.
This is Boise State's first series sweep since April 13-15, 2012, against UNLV. That was the Broncos' first series as a member of the Mountain West.
The Broncos (21-18, 6-6 MW) jumped out to an early lead with six runs in the first inning. Speed was a major factor as Boise State stole three bases in the inning, reached on a bunt single and a took two bases on a wild pitch. Libbie Jimenez, Hailey Torrez, Ashley Palmer and Brittany McCray all drove in runs in the inning. Palmer and McCray both doubled, with McCray's driving in the final two runs of the frame. It also knocked starting pitcher Megan Dortch out of the game after facing eight batters and recording just one out.
The three steals in the inning gave the Broncos 78 stolen bases on the season, breaking the single-season school record. The Mountain West record is 87.
Patton took the circle with the six-run cushion and kept the Wolf Pack (21-19, 3-9 MW) off the board for the first two innings. A sacrifice fly in the third inning put Nevada in the runs column, but Patton responded with her only 1-2-3 inning in the fourth. She held on down the stretch, scattering seven hits and a walk in the final three innings. Nevada scored three times over the final three frames, but Patton kept them at bay as the Wolf Pack never got closer than four runs.
Weir was responsible for the Broncos' final two runs. She led off the fourth inning with a double and later scored when Jordan Kreiger also doubled. In the sixth inning, Weir led off with a home run to left center. It was her second blast of the weekend. She finished the series 5-for-9 with a double, two homers, four runs scored and four driven in. Weir entered the weekend 5-for-51 on the season.
McKenna Isenberg pitched the final six-and-two-thirds innings for Nevada. Isenberg allowed just two runs on four hits, but did walk five batters. Three of the four hits off Isenberg went for extra bases, including both of Weir's hits.
After not drawing a walk in the first game of the series, Boise State hitters picked up 11 free passes in the final two games. They drew seven bases on balls in the finale, including two each from Sarah Barnes and Lindsey Nicholson.
McCray and Kreiger joined Weir with two-hit games. McCray led the way with two RBI. Nicholson hit cleanup for the second game in a row, her first starts in that spot in her career.
Patton gave up four runs on 10 hits and three walks while striking out five over her seven innings of work. The performance came after Patton did not pitch Saturday, the first time in 11 games she did not make an appearance in the circle. She has now pitched in 11 of the Broncos' 12 Mountain West games, including nine starts.
Boise State returns home for its next series. The Broncos host San Jose State Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The final game of the series Boise State is hosting a Locks of Love hair donation event on the field after the game.