Late Bradley Rally Dooms Broncos
Feb. 13, 2016

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    TEMPE, Ariz. - For the second-straight day, Boise State carried a late lead only to see it flipped, as Saturday morning Bradley scored thrice in the sixth inning to take a 4-2 decision at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz.

    The Broncos (0-5) return to action next weekend in Las Vegas at the DeMarini Desert Classic, opening up Friday with games against BYU (12:15 p.m. MT) and Southern Utah (4:45 p.m.) and continuing through Sunday.

    Saturday, the Broncos clung a 2-1 lead until the bottom of the sixth when, with two on and one out, Bradley's Alyson Clemente laced a triple into right-center off of Jenna Bassler to give the Braves the 3-2 advantage. Two batters later, a two-out grounder from Maria Schroeder got through Bronco first baseman Teauna Hughes, allowing Clemente to come in with the insurance run.

    Boise State got a two-out walk from Cassidy Edwards in the seventh, but Kayla Clausen popped out to second to end the contest.

    Bassler was dealt the loss for the Broncos, falling to 0-3 on the season. She gave up three runs (two earned) on three hits over two and a third innings in relief. Starter Nicole Wilson gave up a run on three hits over two-plus innings, while Shawna Burke gave up a hit and walked two in an inning-plus and Paige Reimann got the final two outs in the sixth.

    Megan Mahaffy got the win in relief for the Braves, walking one and striking out one over the final two innings. Bradley starter Jaelen Hull gave up two runs on seven hits.

    Bradley jumped to a 1-0 lead just two batters into the contest, as Kelly Kapp singled, stole second and came in to score on Kendall Duffy's triple.

    Boise State answered in the fourth, beginning with Kaitlyn Shreves legging out a ball off the end of her bat and in front of home plate, then taking second as Hull's throw went past first base. Corey Hendrickson followed and slammed Hull's first offering under the fence in left-center for an RBI ground-rule double, scoring pinch-runner Kaelie Doyle.

    A one-out fly ball to center moved pinch-runner Ariel Frantz to third, and she came in on Kora Wade's base hit into the hole between first and second, giving the Broncos the 2-1 lead. Wade paced the Broncos with two hits and an RBI in the contest.

    Bassler would star in relief in the bottom half of the fourth. She came on for Burke after the Braves put two on with none out, and, after an infield single by Kapp that loaded the bases, rolled through the next three batters, leaving the bases jammed and ending the frame with a strikeout of clean-up hitter Rachel Huggins.

    Kapp, Duffy and Clemente, with two hits apiece, accounted for six of Bradley's seven hits in the game.


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