Boise State Drops Two More Friday
Feb. 12, 2016

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    TEMPE, Ariz. -- Day two of the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz., ended up the same way as day one for Boise State as the Broncos went 0-2, this time with losses to Maryland and San Diego.

    The Broncos, after a 9-4 loss to Maryland in their opening contest of the day, dropped a heartbreaker in the nightcap as San Diego scored a seventh-inning run to deal Boise State a 2-1 defeat. The Broncos mustered just eight hits over the two contests, but one highlight featured freshman Rebekah Cervantes hitting the first home run of her career in the opener.

    Boise State (0-4) finishes up its trip to Tempe Saturday morning at 9 a.m. against Bradley.

    San Diego 2, Boise State 1: Lauren Kane's two-out, seventh-inning double scored Kailey Hill all the way from first, tipping Friday's nightcap in San Diego's favor, 2-1.

    The RBI double spoiled a fine outing from Bronco starter Jenna Bassler, who despite falling to 0-2 on the year went the distance and gave up just two runs (one earned) on six hits with seven strikeouts.

    San Diego's Megan Sabbatini earned the win for the Toreros, coming on in relief of starter Grace Hernandez with two out in the fifth and holding the Broncos hitless while issuing two walks over the final two and a third innings. Hernandez gave up just a run on three hits.

    For the third-straight game, the Broncos struck first, with Kayla Clausen leading off the third inning with a single, stealing second and scoring on Cassidy Edwards' single.

    Bassler fought her way through the Torero lineup into the fifth, stranding San Diego runners in scoring position in each of the first four innings. In the fifth, though, the Toreros finally scratched out the tying run, as a Bassler error on a sacrifice bunt followed by a Tatum Schultz infield single loaded the bases and set up Hill's sacrifice fly deep in foul territory down the left-field line, scoring Danielle Mavridis.

    The Broncos, though, were unable to muster a hit over the final three innings, and went down in order in the seventh after Kane's go-ahead single in the top half of the frame.

    Tatiana Sorkina had the third Bronco hit to go with the third-inning singles from Clausen and Edwards.

    Maryland 9, Boise State 4: Boise State couldn't make an early 2-0 lead hold up as Maryland came back to capture the 9-4 victory in Friday's opener.

    The Broncos loaded the bases right away in the top of the first on singles from Cassidy Edwards and Izzy Serrano and a walk to Shaelee Pearson. Edwards was forced in when Makenzie Sullivan was hit by a pitch, with Pearson coming home next when Teauna Hughes grounded into a fielder's choice to the pitcher. Maryland starter Hannah Dewey threw home to force out Serrano, but catcher Kristina Dillard's throw to first in an attempt to finish the double play was wild, allowing Pearson to score from second.

    But Maryland began chipping away at the Bronco lead in the second, putting the first two runners on before Skylynne Ellazar reached on a bunt, and Dewey came around to scorer as Sullivan's throw from third went down the right-field line.

    The Terps would take the lead for good in the third, as Dewey drove in Destiney Henderson with a single to right to tie the game, then, after a wild pitch from Bronco starter Paige Reimann, Dillard poked a two-run single into right to make it 4-2.

    Maryland again put its first two batters aboard to start the fourth, and Lindsey Schmeiser brought Sarah Lang in with an RBI double. Corey Schwartz would then add a two-RBI single to up the Maryland lead to 7-2. An inning later, Ellazar hit a solo homer to make it a six-run game.

    Boise State got some life going in the sixth as Rebekah Cervantes hit a two-run homer, the first of the season for the Broncos, but Maryland got one back in the sixth and the Broncos would go down without a run in the seventh.

    Reimann took the loss for the Broncos, giving up four runs (three earned) on five hits over two and two-thirds innings. Cervantes was 1-for-2 with her two-run homer, while Sullivan was 1-for-2 with an RBI.

    For the Terps, Dewey picked up the win, going six innings and giving up four runs on five hits. At the plate, Schwartz led Maryland by going 2-for-3 with three RBI while Ellazar went 3-for-3 with a solo home run.

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