May 2, 2014
BOISE, Idaho - Rebecca Patton tossed her fourth shutout of the year and Boise State scored seven times in the first three innings to defeat New Mexico 7-0 Friday, at Dona Larsen Park. The Broncos (28-19, 12-7 MW) have won 10 of their last 11 games, including nine of 10 in conference play.
Patton took a no-hitter into the fifth inning, but allowed a leadoff single. She surrendered just four hits in the game, all singles, and New Mexico did not advance a runner into scoring position until the seventh inning. Patton struck out five Lobos, all coming in the first four innings.
Hailey Torrez led the way offensively once again. Torrez was 2-for-4 with two RBI. She also scored a run when she stole home. Torrez got the scoring started in the first inning with a single to plate Tara Glover and later came in herself on a double steal with runners at first and third.
Torrez and the Broncos would add another run in the second when the junior doubled to left, driving in Jordan Kreiger who had also doubled in the inning. Kreiger's double was her 14th of the year, matching the Boise State single-season record.
In the last four games, Torrez has 10 hits and 11 RBI. She has reached base in 12 of her last 15 plate appearances, a streak that was 12-of-13 before she was retired in her last two trips to the plate Friday.
Boise State added four runs in the third inning to break the game open. Back-to-back doubles by Brittany McCray and Lindsey Nicholson started the inning. A walk and an infield single loaded the bases for the top of the order. Tara Glover was hit by a pitch to drive in a run before Kreiger poked a single into left for her second hit of the game. A wild throw allowed a second run to score and the Broncos had a 7-0 lead.
Ashley Palmer rounded out the tri of Broncos with multi-hit games. Palmer was 2-for-3 and drew a walk.
The early offensive outburst was a team effort as seven different Broncos crossed the plate.
Boise State missed opportunities to end the game early, leaving two runners on in the fourth and another runner in the sixth.
Patton kept New Mexico off balance all game. The Lobos did not mount a threat until the final frame, putting two runners on base for the first time in the game. A one-out single, was followed by a bunt single. A ground out put two in scoring position, but another ground ball ended the threat and kept Patton's shutout intact.
It is the fourth shutout of the season for Patton and the seventh of her Boise State career. She also blanked the Lobos last year in the series finale, a 13-0 Bronco win in five innings. Patton improved to 23-11 on the year, earning the win Friday, in her 22nd complete game of the season.