Broncos Swept On Opening Day
Feb. 11, 2016
BOISE, Idaho - Boise State softball was swept on the first day of the Kajikawa Classic on Thursday's 2016 Opening Day. The Broncos dropped a 9-6 decision to Creighton before falling, 12-4 to Virginia in five innings in the nightcap.
Boise State (0-2) continues action in Tempe Friday, opening against Maryland at 2:30 p.m. and closing the day against San Diego at 5 p.m.
Creighton 9, Boise State 6: The Broncos came within a run of erasing a 7-0 deficit in Thursday's opener but could not finish the job. Creighton's Allie Reinhart delivered a two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the fifth to give the Bluejays breathing room in their 9-6 win.
The Bluejays jumped all over Bronco starter Shawna Burke over the first two innings, scoring seven runs and chasing the freshman from her debut after just an inning and a third. Burke gave up three runs in the first and was charged with four in the second after leaving the game with the bases loaded. She gave up six hits and walked a batter.
Aujanae McCoy led off the first with a walk and was sacrificed to second before scoring on Anna O'Gorman's double. Blake Ringle singled in O'Gorman and two batters later Jen Daro's two-out double plated Ringle.
Creighton loaded the bases with one out in the second, setting up O'Gorman's infield single that scored Michelle Trulin and chased Burke. Now facing Nicole Wilson, the Bluejays got a two-RBI double from Ringle and an RBI single from Reinhart before Wilson got the Broncos out of the inning.
The Broncos fought back with three runs in the top of the third, benefitting from a pair of errors by Tasha Coffiel-Nelson at third base. The second of those errors resulted in Cassidy Edwards and Izzy Serrano scoring to make it 7-3.
Boise State chased Bluejay starter Michal Hylton two batters into the fourth as Rebekah Cervantes got an infield single and Morgan Lamb was hit by a pitch. Cassidy Edwards drilled a one-out single to center to score Cervantes, with Kora Wade following with an RBI single of her own to left to plate Lamb and cut the Bluejay lead to two at 7-5.
The Broncos got pulled to within a run in the top of the fifth as Lamb's two-out double scored Teauna Hughes. But the two-out rally would end as pinch-hitter Tatiana Sorokina grounded back to pitcher Sydnee Eck.
Wilson had held Creighton in check since the second but ran into trouble in the fifth. The Bluejays loaded the bases with two away, prompting Paige Reimann to come on in relief of Wilson. Reinhart would then send an 0-1 offering the opposite way through the hole, scoring McCoy and Kelsey Allender with the insurance runs.
Micaela Whitney picked up the save after holding the Broncos in check over the final two innings. Eck got the win after going two innings in relief, giving up just one run on four hits.
For the Broncos, Burke took the loss, while on the offensive side of things Edwards went 2-for-4 with two RBI and Serrano was 2-for-3 with a run scored. Lamb went 1-for-2 with an RBI double.
Four Bluejays had two hits apiece, led by Reinhart (2-for-4, three RBI) and Ringle (2-for-2, three RBI).
Virginia 12, Boise State 4: Virginia hit four home runs and came back from an early 3-1 deficit to beat the Broncos, 12-4, in five innings in Thursday's nightcap.
Kaitlin Fitzgerald's three-run homer in the top of the third gave Virginia a 4-3 lead, and the Hoos followed up with a seven-run fourth inning to put the game out of reach.
Madison Labshere opened that frame with a solo home run, which forced Bronco starter Jenna Bassler out of the game. Reliever Mackenzie McGill got her first two batters out, but ran into trouble with a pair of walks and an RBI single from Fitzgerald. Walks to Danni Ingraham, Katie Park and Allison Davis forced in two more runs, and Paige Reimann relieved McGill.
Reimann's first pitch was wild, allowing Allie Chapdelainer to score from third. After hitting Labshere and loading the bases, Erika Osherow drove in the final two runs of the inning with a single to right, making it 11-3.
Boise State had taken a 3-1 lead early on, answering Iyana Hughes' first-inning homer with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the first and one more in the second. Teauna Hughes drove in Izzy Serrano and Shaelee Pearson with a single in the first, while Serrano's RBI single plated freshman Kora Wade in the second.
Mitchell, Fitzgerald, Labshere and Hughes all hit homers for the Hoos, with Fitzgerald leading them with four RBI. Hughes went 2-for-2 with three runs scored.
In the circle, Osherow picked up the win in relief of starter Lacy Smith, giving up just a run on three hits over the final three and a third innings.
Bassler took the loss for Boise State, going three innings and giving up five runs on four hits and three walks. Hughes went 1-for-3 with two RBI while Serrano also drove in a run for the Broncos.
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