Broncos Fall Twice Friday
Feb. 13, 2015
HENDERSON, Nev. - Boise State dropped a pair of decisions Friday on the first day of the Wilson/DeMarini Desert Classic at Stephanie Lynn Craig Complex in Henderson, Nev., falling 15-4 to No. 25/- Cal State Fullerton before suffering a 3-2, final-inning defeat at the hands of Long Beach State.
The Broncos (3-4) continue action Saturday beginning at 4:45 p.m. MT against Seattle University, with the second game of its doubleheader scheduled for 7 p.m. MT against Portland State.
Boise State managed just eight hits over the two losses Friday, but still could point to some silver linings. Redshirt senior Devon Bridges hit her second home run of the season and reached base three times in six plate appearances while freshman pitcher Rachel Rodriguez made a promising first-career start at night, giving up just three runs over 6.2 innings despite taking the loss against Long Beach State.
Freshman Makenzie Sullivan was the only Bronco with two hits, getting one in each contest.
Cal State Fullerton 15, Boise State 4 (6): Errors in the field and free passes from Bronco pitchers put Boise State into a nine-run hole early on and Cal State Fullerton went on to a 15-4 victory in six innings.
The Broncos committed four errors while pitchers issued 13 walks and hit five batters in the contest. Cal State Fullerton (5-1) took full advantage in a five-run second inning, drawing a pair of walks to open the frame and chase starter Mackenzie McGill, followed by Missy Taukeiaho's double to the wall in left which plated Shianne Brannan for a 2-0 lead.
Courtney Rodriguez hit a sacrifice fly to left that scored Delynn Rippy, making it 3-0 for the Titans, and two walks to Eliza Crawford and Kylie Padilla forced Wilson out of the circle, with Sarah Barnes coming on.
Barnes got Samantha Galarza to ground to short, where Ketelsleger threw Taukeiaho out at the plate for the second out. But the inning was blown open on the next at-bat, as Bronco second baseman Jordan Kreiger couldn't handle Melissa Sechrest's bouncer, which allowed Crawford and Padilla to score, making it 5-0.
The Titans would score twice in the third on a Padilla and once in the fourth to up their lead to 9-0 before the Broncos could get on the board in their half of the fourth. Hailey Torrez walked followed by a single from Makenna Weir. Makenzie Sullivan followed with an RBI single up the middle that plated pinch-runner Kaelie Doyle then Teauna Hughes hit a high fly to the warning track in left that was dropped by Titan outfielder Gabrielle Rodas, allowing Weir and Sullivan to score and Hughes to get all the way to third.
However, the Broncos could only muster a walk, and would strand Hughes at third to end the inning.
The Titans, who scored in all six innings of the contest, added one in the fifth before putting the game away with five more in the sixth. In the sixth, the Titans benefited from four walks, a hit batter and a Bronco error in addition to getting RBI singles from Rodas and Rippy.
The Broncos picked up an unearned run in the sixth as Lindsey Nicholson singled, stole second, went to third on the throwing error from Colenzo and came home on Corey Hendrickson's grounder to second.
Mackenzie McGill dropped to 2-2 with the loss, giving up nine runs (six earned) and walking seven. Christina Washington picked up the win for Fullerton, allowing an unearned run on just two hits.
Long Beach State 3, Boise State 2: Following a 20-minute delay with one out during the bottom of the seventh due to the sprinkler system going off, play resumed between the Broncos and 49ers, at which point the 49ers loaded the bases with two outs and scored the winning run when Rodriguez hit Christina Montoya.
Boise State took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first on Bridges' line drive over the left-field wall, and Rodriguez was able to make it hold into the sixth inning. Rodriguez escaped a bases-loaded jam with no damage in the second and, after giving up an RBI double to LT Torres in the fourth, was able to strand Torres at third to end the frame.
The 49ers would tie the game in the sixth, however. Julia Lombardi led off the inning with a double and was pinch-run for by Rachel Loera. Darian Tautalafua was hit by a pitch, and the runners were sacrificed up by Montoya. Torres would reach on an infield single to second base, plating Loera with the tying run. But Rodriguez would buckle down and retire the next two batters to strand the go-ahead run at third.
The Broncos would threaten just once more after Bridges' first-inning blast, putting runners at first and second with two outs in the fifth. Bridges, however, would fly to center on the first pitch, ending the threat.
Christian Carbajal would get her first win of the season for Long Beach State, allowing just one hit over five innings in relief of starter Amanda Hansen, who gave up Bridges' home run among her three hits allowed.
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