Late Inning Home Run Lifts Broncos Past Wolf Pack

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RENO, Nev. – A three-run long ball in the top of the sixth broke a 6-6 tie and gave Boise State a 9-6 win over the Nevada softball team Saturday afternoon at Hixson Park.

The Broncos (20-18, 5-6 MW) got on the board quickly, scoring a run in the top of the first when an errant throw on a steal attempt allowed the runner to cross home plate. The Wolf Pack (21-18, 3-8 MW) answered in its half of the first, plating two runs with RBI’s by Erin Jones and Nikki Orozco.

Boise State put up a three spot in the next half inning, taking advantage of a pair of hits and a Nevada fielding error. McKenna Isenberg entered the game in relief for starter Megan Dortch during the frame. The Broncos added to its lead during its next at-bat, plating two more runs on a homerun out to left center, bringing the score to a 6-2 deficit for the Pack.

Megan Sweet kept her team in the ballgame with a leadoff, opposite field, solo shot to left in the bottom of the third. During the team’s next at-bat the Pack collected three runs to tie the ballgame at 6-6. Ashley Butera led off the frame with a deep double to the left field fence and was moved to third on a successful sacrifice bunt by Hannah Harger. Butera came in to score when Sara Parsons ripped a line drive single past the Broncos’ third baseman.

Parsons then scored herself after Molly McWilliams beat out an infield single and a wayward throw on the play sailed into the outfield. The Pack registered the tying run thanks to a single by Jones that brought in McWilliams from second.

After a scoreless fifth inning, the Broncos strung together three consecutive hits in the top of the sixth, including the three-run shot that broke the tie.

Dortch started the ballgame and threw 1.2 innings, surrendering four runs, two of which were earned, on three hits. Isenberg logged 3.1 innings in the circle, giving up two earned runs on five hits, while tossing three strikeouts. Karlyn Jones entered the game in the sixth and suffered the loss.

Nevada concludes the weekend series against the Broncos tomorrow afternoon on Jayme King Day. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.