April 7, 2015
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Boise State suffered a cruel twist of fate Tuesday evening in Las Vegas, as a batted ball caromed off of an umpire, leading to UNLV scoring the tying run then winning the second game of a doubleheader to complete the sweep.
The Broncos were clinging to a 9-8 lead with two outs and a runner on first in the bottom of the seventh when Fahren Glackin's sharp single up the middle struck the lower leg of the second-base umpire and was redirected into the left-center field gap past a wrong-footed Shaelee Pearson in center. This allowed Garie Blando to score from first to tie it at 9-9 as Glackin ended up on third after a throwing error on the relay home. Samantha Juarez would then leg out a bouncer to short, scoring Glackin with the game-winner in the 10-9 UNLV victory.
The Rebels (19-20, 5-6 MW) captured the opener, 10-5, in the afternoon. The losses drop Boise State to 8-30 on the year and extend the Broncos' slide to 15 games. The teams conclude the series Wednesday at 1 p.m. MT.
The setbacks also threw shade on individual milestones for a pair of Broncos. Redshirt senior Devon Bridges' first-inning single in the nightcap was the 216th hit of her career, tying her atop Boise State's career list with Tara Glover, while fellow senior Jordan Kreiger hit the 30th double of her career, tying her for the most at Boise State with Holly Bourke.
Kreiger went 3-for-6 over the two games, while Bridges went 2-for-6 on the day with a grand slam in the opener. Teauna Hughes went 2-for-4 in the nightcap with a solo home run while Izzy Serrano came off the bench to go 2-for-2 with a pair of RBI singles.
Game 1 - UNLV 10, Boise State 5: Boise State struck early with a five-run first inning highlighted by Devon Bridges' grand slam, but UNLV would score the game's next 10 runs to take the opener, 10-5.
The Broncos scored their first run as with one on and one out in the opening frame Teauna Hughes, Makenzie Sullivan and Hailey Torrez were each hit by a pitch, forcing in Shaelee Pearson. With the bases still loaded, Bridges would drill a 3-2 pitch from UNLV starter Morgan Ettinger off the top of the fence in center and out for her fourth home run of the year and a 5-0 Bronco lead.
UNLV, however, got four of those runs back within its opening four batters against Bronco starter Rachel Rodriguez in the bottom half of the inning. Garie Blando led off with a home run to left, Fahren Glackin singled and scored on Samantha Juarez' two-run shot, and Emily Haslinger homered to center to make it 5-4 and chase Rodriguez.
Blando led the Rebels with two home runs and RBI in the contest, while Glackin also went 2-for-3. UNLV went on to hit five home runs in the contest.
The Rebels would go on to score in each of the next four innings, benefiting from five Bronco errors. The first of those errors came in the second inning as Sara Ketelsleger couldn't come up with Haslinger's grounder, allowing Blando to score from second and tie it up.
UNLV took the lead for good in the third off of another Bronco miscue. Bronco pitcher Nicole Wilson mishandled Brooke Stover's bunt, and Sullivan, picking up the ball, fired a ball to first that was missed by Nicholson, allowing Melina Ili to score from second.
Wilson went all six innings for the Broncos in relief after Rodriguez faced the first four batters. Rodriguez took the loss, falling to 3-16 on the season, while Wilson gave up six runs (four earned) on four hits.
A throwing error from Torrez resulted in two more Rebel runners scoring in the fourth before Alyssa Cordova homered to complete the three-run frame.
After giving up five in the first, Ettinger allowed just four more Bronco baserunners the rest of the way, picking up the win to even her record at 8-8.
In addition to Bridges' first-inning grand slam, Kreiger had two hits for Boise State and Torrez had one to account for the team's four hits in the game.
Game 2 - UNLV 10, Boise State 9: Fahren Glackin's seventh-inning, two-out hit up the middle went off the leg of the umpire at second base, caroming into the gap for a double that scored Garie Blando with the tying run, and a batter later Samantha Juarez singled to plate Glackin as UNLV completed a four-run inning to get a 10-9 comeback win.
Boise State had scored five straight runs after falling behind 6-4 to take a 9-6 lead into the final frame. Emily Haslinger hit a grand slam for UNLV in the fourth to put the Rebels ahead for the first time, but the Broncos answered with the next five runs, boosted by Izzy Serrano, who came off the bench and went 2-for-2 with a pair of RBI singles, the first of which tied the game at 6-6 in the fifth inning. She would knock in the Broncos' final run with a bases-loaded hit in the sixth.
Serrano's first single plated Devon Bridges to tie the game at 6-6, then in the sixth Hailey Torrez lined a two-out RBI single to right, scoring Shaelee Pearson with the go-ahead run. After Devon Bridges reached on a third-strike wild pitch, Teauna Hughes drew a bases-loaded walk to bring in another run, and Serrano singled to drive in pinch-runner Kayla Clausen.
But the Rebels refused to go away. Alyssa Cordova opened the seventh with a double to center off of Bronco starter Mackenzie McGill, and Merina Ili was hit by a pitch to put two on.
The Broncos caught a small break on the next batter, as Janine Petmecky singled off the glove of Makenna Weir and into left to score Cordova, but Ili was thrown out trying to go from first to third. But the Rebels got a break of their own as pinch-hitter Francesca Foti struck out but reached base as the third strike got away from Torrez. Blando grounded into a fielder's choice to short, scoring Petmecky but trading the second out as Foti was forced at second.
This set up Glackin's drive up the middle that hit the lower leg of the umpire, with the carom wrong-footing Pearson in center and allowing the ball to reach the warning track as Blando scored the tying run. Juarez then bounced a grounder to short, leaving no play for Sara Ketelsleger as Glackin scored the winner.
It was a heart-breaking loss for a Bronco team that had fought its way to leads throughout the contest, beginning with Bridges' RBI single in the first and Hughes' solo home run, her third of the season, in the second. The Broncos extended that lead to 4-1 in the fourth on Ketelsleger's two-out single to right which plated Hughes and Ariel Frantz.
Jordan Kreiger went 1-for-2 with three walks, while Ketelsleger, Hughes and Serrano each had a pair of hits and RBI in the contest.
McGill took the loss for Boise State to fall to 3-7 on the year, while for the Rebels reliever Kwyn Cooper picked up her seventh win after going the final inning and a third.
Haslinger was 2-for-2 with five RBI for UNLV, highlighted by her fourth-inning grand slam that gave the Rebels a 6-4 lead. Juarez and Petmecky led all players with three hits apiece while Blando had two RBI and scored three runs.