Broncos Earn Friday Split
Feb. 11, 2017
HONOLULU - Boise State picked up its first victory of the 2017 campaign Friday as it split its two games at the Paradise Classic in Honolulu. The Broncos opened the day with a 4-2 victory over UAB before dropping the nightcap of ts doubleheader, 8-3 to Sacramento State.
The Broncos (1-2) finish their trip to Honolulu with two more games Saturday, facing Sacramento State at 4 p.m. MT before closing against host Hawai'i immediately afterwards.
Rebekah Cervantes, Tatiana Sorokina and Kora Wade had three hits apiece over the two games to lead the Broncos, as Cervantes hit her first home run of the year in the nightcap to highlight a three-RBI day.
Boise State 4, UAB 2: UAB, trailing 4-0 entering the final inning, scored a run and had the bases loaded with none out, but Bronco senior Christina Washington came on in relief and retired the next three batters in a row to preserve the Boise State win. Washington got Mary Warren to fly out to center as the runners held, then struck out Madison Millsaps for the second out although the Blazers scored as the third strike got away from catcher Shaelee Pearson. But that was no problem for Washington, who got Analyse Petree to ground to short for the final out.
Washington's efforts preserved the first win of the season for Bronco starter Paige Reimann, who gave up just four hits and struck out three over four-plus innings. Freshman Kelsey Broadus took over for Reimann after UAB got a leadoff walk and a single to start the fifth, and went two innings before running into trouble in the seventh, being charged with both Blazer runs.
Boise State did all of its scoring over the first three innings. Three UAB errors in the bottom of the first allowed the Broncos to take a 1-0 lead, as with two outs Cervantes reached on a fielding error at second by Natalie Erwin then advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored as catcher Molli Garcia's throw was off-target.
Sorokina drove in the second run with a two-out single in the second, plating Cassidy Edwards. Izzy Serrano led off the third inning with a single and came around on Cervantes' double to right-center to make it 3-0, and Cervantes scored two batters later on Wade's single to left.
Serrano led the Broncos with two hits in the contest, while Cervantes had her RBI double and scored twice.
Sacramento State 8, Boise State 3: Despite a two-run homer from Cervantes in the top of the third, two Boise State errors helped Sacramento State score four times in the bottom half of the frame and go on to the 8-3 victory.
That bottom of the third opened with a walk to Nene Alas, followed by Sydney Rasmussen reaching on an error at first by Micaela Leal. Zamari Hinto dropped a bunt in the next at-bat, and reached safely when the Broncos could not get a force on the lead runner. Jessica Ravetti opened the Hornet scoring with a sacrifice fly to center, followed by Mo Spieth's RBI single to center that also plated Hinton when the ball was misplayed by Edwards in center. Shelby Johnston then drove in Spieth with a base hit off of Bronco starter Rainey Dyreson to cap the scoring in the inning and put Sacramento State up 4-2.
The Hornets loaded the bases in the fourth against reliever Mackenzie McGill, with Ravetti bringing in Nikki Gialketsis with a fielder's choice, followed by Spieth's two-RBI double that plated Rasmussen and Ravetti to make it 7-2.
The Broncos put together the beginning of a rally in the top of the fifth, loading the bases with none out, but could only come away with a run, that coming when Sorokina scored on a wild pitch by Hornets reliever Danielle Sperry. Leal walked to load the bases once again with none out, but the rally was snuffed out as Jessica McKay lined out to Sperry, who threw to first in time to double off Leal. Morgan Lamb then grounded out to end the frame.
Rasmussen capped a two-hit, three-run game by hitting a solo shot in the bottom half of the fifth for Sacramento State.
Dyreson took the loss in her Bronco debut, giving up four runs (two earned) on three hits with two strikeouts over three innings. McGill was charged with three runs on two hits and three walks over two-thirds of an inning, while Veronica Lynch gave up a run over an inning and a third. Senior Jenna Bassler came on a batter into the sixth and tossed a scoreless frame.
For Sacramento State, Sperry got the win after going three innings in relief, allowing just a run on three hits with two strikeouts. Starter Taylor Tessier went three innings, giving up two runs on four hits. Rasmussen, with two hits and an RBI, and Spieth, who went 2-for-2 with a double and three RBI, did most of the offensive damage for the Hornets.
Cervantes, Sorokina and Wade had two hits apiece for the Broncos.
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