Boise State-North Texas Box
DENTON, Texas - Redshirt senior Devon Bridges matched Boise State's single-game record with four hits Sunday, the second such performance of her career, to lead another big offensive day as the Broncos closed the North Texas Invitational with a 10-3 win over the host Mean Green.
Boise State (3-2) heads to Las Vegas next weekend for the Easton Desert Classic. The Broncos open play at Stephanie Lynn Craig Park in Henderson Friday (Feb. 13), taking on Cal State Fullerton at 4:45 p.m. MT and Long Beach State at 7 p.m. MT. Action continues Saturday at Stephanie Lynn Craig Park against Seattle University and Portland State before the weekend concludes Sunday at UNLV against No. 7/6 UCLA.
Bridges doubled twice along with a pair of singles and an RBI Sunday, closing a weekend in which she shared the Bronco lead with nine hits and batted .500 (9-for-18). The nine hits by both Bridges and freshman Sara Ketelsleger matched Tara Glover's 2012 Boise State opening-weekend record.
The Broncos earned a measure of redemption against the Mean Green (2-3) with Sunday's win, avenging Saturday afternoon's 14-4 defeat. For the third time in five games this weekend, the Broncos scored in their opening frame, getting three runs. Ketelsleger opened the sequence with a one-out single, followed by Bridges doubling to right-center to put runners on second and third.
Hailey Torrez' blooper behind third base was corralled by a diving catch by Mean Green shortstop Kelli Schkade, but it was enough to score Ketelsleger with the game's opening run. After Makenna Weir's single, a wild pitch from North Texas starter Stacey Underwood brought in Bridges. After Makenzie Sullivan walked, Teauna Hughes hit a two-out double down the left-field line to score Weir.
The Broncos added runs in each of the next two innings to go up 5-0. Kayla Clausen singled to lead off the second, was sacrificed to second by Jordan Kreiger, and scored on Bridges' single to right. An inning later, Sullivan and Hughes opened with walks then advanced a bag each on an illegal pitch before Clausen's sacrifice fly to center plated Sullivan.
Boise State starter Sarah Barnes ran into some trouble in the third inning, loading the bases with two outs after hitting both Taylor Schoblocher and Mallory Land. Kat Strunk drove in Jennifer Beardsley with a single to left, and Barnes was relieved by Nicole Wilson, who walked Karly Williams to force in a run before getting out of the jam with Bryana Wade's grounder to third.
The Mean Green loaded the bases again in the fourth with one away and Hochblocher coming to bat. Hochslocher, who hit two home runs in Saturday's win over the Broncos, didn't get all of a Wilson offering, flying out to center but driving in Spencer Ferrell from third. Wilson would then get Land to pop out to Kreiger at second base to end the threat.
Wilson was lifted for Mackenzie McGill after walking Strunk to open the fifth, and McGill would deal the rest of the game, beginning by getting a fielder's choice out of Williams then inducing Wade into a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning. McGill retire six of the final seven batters, striking out a pair, over the final two innings to earn her second victory of the season.
The Broncos would add three runs in the sixth to ice the game, with Hughes being hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to get her second RBI of the contest.