Broncos Split Day Two In Vegas
Feb. 15, 2015

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    HENDERSON, Nev. - Boise State split Saturday's doubleheader at the Wilson/DeMarini Desert Classic at Stephanie Lynn Craig Park in Henderson, Nev. The Broncos opened the day with a 9-5 win over Seattle University before dropping the nightcap to Portland State, 10-6.

    The Broncos (4-5) conclude the weekend Sunday at 12:15 p.m. MT against No. 12/10 UCLA at UNLV's Eller Media Stadium.

    Boise State's bright spots Saturday included redshirt senior Devon Bridges, who went 6-for-6 and reached base in all eight of her plate appearances over the two games. Bridges hit her third home run of the season in the afternoon win over Seattle University, and in the nightcap against Portland State went 4-for-4 for her third-career four-hit game and second of the season. The performance tied the Boise State single-game record.

    Freshman pitcher Rachel Rodriguez picked up her first-career win with the 9-5 decision over Seattle as well as hitting her first collegiate home run in the contest.

    Boise State 9, Seattle University 5: Freshman pitcher Rachel Rodriguez went the distance for her first collegiate win and helped her own cause by also going 2-for-3 with a home run and a double at the plate in Boise State's 9-5 win over Seattle University (3-5).

    The Fresno, Calif. Native struck out four while giving up eight hits and five runs. Rodriguez provided the first Bronco run of the game with a solo shot to right-center field in the bottom of the second and held the Redhawks scoreless over the first three innings, allowing the Broncos to get out to a 4-0 lead.

    Boise State scored its first six runs with two outs, beginning with Rodriguez' homer in the second and continuing with a three-run rally in the third. In that frame, Bridges went deep for the third time this season to double the Bronco advantage and Sara Ketelsleger and Makenzie Sullivan followed with a single and double, respectively, to put runners in scoring position for Hailey Torrez. It would take just two pitches for the Broncos to up the lead to four as Ketelsleger came across on a wild pitch from Seattle starter Lindsay Davis and Torrez blooped the next to left-center to plate Sullivan.

    Davis fell to 1-1 for the RedHawks after giving up four runs on six hits over three innings.

    Kayla Shuster-Gonzales got the Redhawks on the board in the top of the fourth with a solo home run. The RedHawks would load the bases with one out but only got one run to show for it, as pinch-hitter Haley Beckstrom hit into a fielder's choice that scored Lisa Maulden before Rodriguez struck out Sara Dominguez to end the threat.

    Rodriguez led off the Bronco fourth with a double, and two batters later pinch-hitter Ashley Palmer drove her in with a single to center. After Bridges and Ketelsleger walked to load the bases, Palmer would score on a wild pitch by Redhawk reliever Alyssa Reuble to get the lead back up to four at 6-2.

    Seattle threatened again in the fifth, loading the bases with one out, but Rodriguez buckled down, getting Maulden to line out to short for the second out. Molly Campbell would reach on an error by second baseman Jordan Kreiger which scored Paige Bouska. Kreiger would redeem herself right away, though, throwing out Breanna Timmons on the next at-bat to end the frame.

    Boise State put things away in the seventh with a three-run rally started by Kayla Clausen's walk and stolen base. Clausen came in to score on Kreiger's double to right-center, and following a walk to Bridges, Kreiger herself came home on a single from Ketelsleger. ShaeLee Pearson, pinch-running for Bridges, came home on the ensuing at-bat as Makenzie Sullivan singled up the middle.

    The Redhawks would get a two-run homer from Bubba Morrow in their half of the seventh, but Rodriguez would shut it down the rest of the way to wrap up the win.

    Portland State 10, Boise State 6: Four Boise State pitchers combined to issue 14 walks in Saturday night's 10-6 loss to Portland State (4-5).

    The Broncos took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first but gave up the advantage in the bottom half as Portland State used four walks and just one hit to take a 4-2 lead. The first four Viking batters reached base for free, the first two coming off of Bronco starter Sarah Barnes, who was relieved by Nicole Wilson. Wilson walked the first two batters she faced, the latter forcing in the Vikings' first run.

    Aubrey Nitschelm would then single through the left side to plate another run, Ashley Smith would reach on Ketelsleger's fielding error to drive in a third, and the fourth would come home on Celena Carrisosa's groundout to first.

    Barnes took the loss for the Broncos to drop her record to 1-2. Wilson went 4.2 innings of relief, giving up five runs with a strikeout.

    Boise State squandered a 4-for-4 game from Bridges, who got three of the team's first five hits in the game.

    Portland State padded its lead to 7-2 in the fifth. Nitschelm's single and Smith's double put runners at second and third with one out, then a two-out walk to pinch-hitter Lauran Bliss loaded the bases and chased Wilson. Mackenzie McGill came on and got ahead in the count at 1-2 against Shae Nelson before Nelson slapped a base hit up the middle to plate Nitschelm and Smith. Rayleen Pallan would single to load the bases again and the third run of the inning would come home on Lexi Goranson's walk.

    The Broncos got two back in the sixth on Ashley Palmer's two-out, pinch-hit single to score Makenna Weir followed by a double from Teauna Hughes that brought Palmer home. But the Vikings would answer with three runs of their own in the sixth to make it 10-4, and the Broncos could only respond with Torrez' two-run home run in the top half of the seventh.

    Viking starter Meagan Hendrix went the distance for the win, giving up six runs on 10 hits.


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