Rebels take finale, 9-3

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UNLV scored nine unanswered runs to defeat Boise State 9-3 Sunday, in the series finale at Dona Larsen Park.

BOISE, Idaho-UNLV scored nine unanswered runs to defeat Boise State 9-3 Sunday, in the series finale at Dona Larsen Park. The victory gave the Rebels the series win, Boise State's first home conference series loss since April 2010.

Tara Glover was 3-for-4 in the game with a run scored and one driven in. It was Glover's second three-hit game of the weekend as she finished the series 7-for-10 with five runs and three RBI.

Rebecca Patton took the complete-game loss for the Broncos. Patton allowed nine runs (five earned) on 12 hits and four walks while striking out four. UNLV scored seven of their runs via home run, including a grand slam in the sixth inning to break open a two-run game and provide the final margin. Patton (16-11) pitched 19 of the 21 innings in the series for Boise State and was the pitcher of record in all three games.

Boise State (18-18, 3-6 MW) struck first with a pair of runs in the first inning. Glover singled to start the inning before taking second on a wild pitch. Jordan Kreiger reached on an infield single putting runners at the corners. Three pitches later, Ashley Palmer squared to bunt with Kreiger running. When Palmer pulled the bat back, it caught the glove of UNLV's catcher before the ball bounced away and Glover raced home. The play resulted in a delayed dead ball for catcher's interference and Boise State opted to take the result of the play instead of awarding Palmer first base. Kreiger eventually scored on a double by Buggs Torrez.

Lindsey Nicholson doubled in the second and came in to score on Glover's second hit, putting the Broncos ahead 3-0 early. Nicholson was 2-for-2 in the game with a walk and a run. The junior enjoyed a big weekend of her own at the plate, finishing 5-for-7 with two doubles, two runs and two walks. She was 2-for-2 in each of the final two games.

UNLV (16-21, 6-3 MW) quickly tied the game in the top of the third. A two-run home run from Samantha Juarez got the scoring started for the visitors. The inning continued when a fly ball was lost in the sun, resulting in a double. The next batter singled on a ball just off the glove of Libbie Jimenez at second base, scoring the tying run.

A solo homer in the fourth put the Rebels ahead 4-3, a lead they would not relinquish. They added to it with a two-out RBI single in the fifth before the big blow came in the sixth. All four runs on Pauline Monreal's grand slam were unearned after a Bronco error kept the inning alive. The bases were loaded on two walks and the error. Patton picked up a strikeout for the second out and was a strike from escaping the jam before UNLV's third home run of the game.

After allowing three runs in the first two innings, UNLV starter Amanda Oliveto faced just four over the minimum during the final five innings. After the second inning, the Broncos were unable to get a runner in scoring position until Nicholson (walk) and Glover (single) reached to start the seventh inning. Nothing else came of the rally.

Boise State will be back in action next weekend at Nevada (21-16, 3-6 MW). The Broncos' next home series is April 17-19, against San Jose State.