Boise State Splits Opening Day In Texas
Feb. 6, 2015

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    DENTON, Texas - Boise State rebounded from a deflating 13-10 morning loss to Seton Hall with a 9-1, six-inning rout of Texas Southern Friday afternoon earning a split on the opening day of the North Texas Invitational in Denton, Texas.

    The Broncos (1-1) excelled at the plate in both contests, batting a combined .387 with 19 runs and 24 hits, 11 of which went for extra bases (nine doubles, two home runs). The hit parade was led by a pair of freshmen in shortstop Sara Ketelsleger and utility Makenzie Sullivan. Ketelsleger went 6-for-9 Saturday with three doubles, six RBI and her first collegiate homer, which also served as the game-winner in the afternoon win. Sullivan, meanwhile, went 3-for-7 on the day with a pair of doubles and five runs batted in.

    Redshirt senior first baseman Devon Bridges and senior second baseman Jordan Kreiger each went 3-for-6 while junior third baseman Makenna Weir drilled a solo home run against Texas Southern.

    In the circle, sophomore Mackenzie McGill picked up the win against the Tigers, allowing just one run on five hits over six innings and striking out four.

    The Broncos continue action in Denton with another doubleheader Saturday, facing Texas Southern at 9 a.m. MT then concluding the day at 1:30 p.m. MT against host North Texas.

    Boise State 9, Texas Southern 1 (6): Boise State broke open a one-run game by putting seven across in a third inning which featured five hits and four Texas Southern errors. Kreiger opened the inning with a hit, then stole second and advanced to third when the throw went into center field. She then scored on a single by Teuana Hughes.

    After Bridges reached on a fielder's choice in which all runners were safe, Ketelsleger doubled to left-center, plating Hughes with pinch-runner ShaeLee Pearson scoring on a Texas Southern throwing error on the relay. During the next at-bat, Ketelsleger was caught too far off third but scored anyway from the rundown thanks to a throwing error by Tiger third baseman Adreana Cesares. Two batters later, Weir blasted a solo home run, and the Broncos would put up two more runs before the end of the frame to go up 8-0.

    McGill (1-0) continued to cruise through the Tiger lineup, giving up only a single run in the fourth, and Ketelsleger would end the game via mercy rule with a home run to left leading off the bottom of the sixth.

    Seton Hall 13, Boise State 10: Boise State scored six times in the top of the sixth to come level with Seton Hall at 10-10 but the Pirates answered with three in their half of the frame and held on for the 13-10 win.

    A two-run double from Ketelsleger pulled the Broncos to within three at 10-7, and fellow freshman Makenzie Sullivan followed two batters later with a bases-clearing double to tie things up.

    Seton Hall would waste little time responding in its half of the frame. Danielle DeStaso singled off sophomore Sarah Barnes to open the inning, and after a walk to Jackie DiPietro, Barnes was lifted for Mackenzie McGill. McGill would give up a single to Sara Haefeli to load the bases then walk in the go-ahead run when facing Whitney Jones. A double play off the bat of Sam DeMasi got the Broncos two outs but at the expense of a second Pirate run, and the final run of the inning would come on Noel Lent's double to right-center.

    Boise State would get two on with two out in the seventh but the rally would end with DeStaso striking out Ketelsleger to get the win.

    Errors doomed the Broncos at critical times in the opener, beginning in the bottom of the first when a throwing error from pitcher Nicole Wilson extended the frame for the Pirates and led to an eight-run inning that overcame Boise State's four-run first. With runners on second and third, two out and holding a 4-1 lead, Wilson fielded a comebacker from Sara Haefeli, but her throw from her knees skipped past Bridges at first, leading to two runs scoring and Haefeli getting to third. Whitney Jones doubled in Haefeli to tie the game, and Wilson walked the next two batters to load the bases, at which point she was relieved by Sarah Barnes.

    Barnes hit pinch-hitter Alex Rabbetts to force in the go-ahead run then was called for an illegal pitch during the next at-bat, bringing another run home. Two runs would then score on Yasmin Harrell's single before Barnes could end the frame with the Broncos trailing 8-4.

    The Pirates added two more unearned runs in the third as Sullivan's error at third led to the Seton Hall lead moving up to 10-4.

    The Broncos touched Seton Hall starter Casey Moses for four runs in the top of the first. Kreiger led the game off with a single, and after a Bridges walk came around on Ketelsleger's single. Back-to-back doubles from Hailey Torrez and Sullivan plated three more runs as Boise State took an early 4-0 lead.

    Sullivan and Ketelsleger had three hits apiece, driving in five and three runs, respectively. Each rookie showed off her power as Sullivan doubled twice and Ketelsleger's two-run double in the sixth inning came within a fraction of an inch of being a grand slam, hitting the top of the wall in left and bouncing back into play.

    Hughes went 2-for-4 while Bridges reached base four times in her five plate appearances, walking twice with a pair of singles.

    Barnes (0-1) went 4.1 innings, giving up six hits and five runs (two earned). Wilson lasted just two-thirds into the first, giving up seven runs (one earned) on just two hits but with three walks.

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