Bronco Softball routed by Fresno St.
BOISE, Idaho-Fresno State scored 13 runs in the first inning and never looked back Saturday, against Boise State at Dona Larsen Park. The Bulldogs won 24-4 in five innings to even the series at a game apiece.
MacKenzie McGill started in the circle for the Broncos (16-13, 1-1 MW). McGill faced eight batters in the first inning and was unable to record an out. She allowed two hits and four walks while the other two batters reached on an error and an unsuccessful fielder's choice. She was replaced by Rebecca Patton after five runs scored and the bases were loaded.
The last of the three inherited runners scored on a Vonnie Martin grand slam to make the score 11-0. A two-run home run after a second error gave the Bulldogs (16-11, 1-1 MW) a 13-run advantage before the Broncos came to the plate.
McGill returned to the circle at the start of the second inning and pitched the second, third and fourth innings. She allowed 19 runs (18 earned) on 12 hits in her three innings of work.
Fresno State added seven runs in the top of the second and one more in the third to take a 21-0 lead. Boise State broke through in the bottom of the frame with a leadoff double by Lindsey Nicholson and an infield single from Tara Glover. After Glover stole second, Jordan Kreiger rocketed a double to the wall in right center to score both runs.
Glover and Kreiger both tallied multi-hit days to lead the Bronco offense. Glover was 2-for-3, while Kreiger went 2-for-2 and added a walk. Boise State had nine hits in the game.
Sarah Barnes took the ball for the fifth inning. It was Barnes' first pitching appearance in nearly a full calendar year. Her last outing was March 26, 2013, at Southern Utah. Barnes retired the first two batters and worked around a two-out single to post the only scoreless inning by a Bronco pitcher.
Ashley Palmer and Hailey Torrez each drove in runs in the fifth inning as the Broncos loaded the bases. Palmer singled up the middle to score the first run and Torrez hit a sacrifice fly. Boise State left the bases loaded and came up short of extending the game.
Fresno State's 24 runs are the most allowed by a Bronco team and set an all-time Mountain West record.
The teams will meet again Sunday, to decide the series. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. (MT) at Dona Larsen Park.