Boise State Splits on Day Two
Feb. 17, 2018

Final Stats

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The Boise State softball team split their two games at the Marucci Desert Classic, winning against Buffalo, 7-3, before falling to Long Beach State, 5-1 in the afternoon game. The split keeps the Broncos at 5-5 on the season.

BUFFALO RECAP | BUFFALO BOX SCORE

The game may have been sloppy, but the Broncos were able to pull out a 7-3 win over Buffalo (1-5), thanks to clutch plays by Makenzie Sullivan and Halle Harger, opening the second day of the Marucci Desert Classic with a win.

In the bottom of the third with Boise State struggling to get runners on base, Sullivan went to bunt with Alison Seng on first. The bunt was dropped by the Bulls catcher, allowing Sullivan to make it to first, and Seng to try for third. The throw to third was off and went back into the outfield, bringing home Seng and allowing Sullivan the time to make it home to give Boise State the 2-0 lead.

The Bulls were able to get on the board thanks to a one-run home run over the centerfield field in the top of the fourth, but Halle Harger responded in the bottom of the inning with a two-run shot over the left centerfield fence to bring Madison Anthony home.

Harger, only a freshman, has two home runs in 26 at-bats this season.

Making her second start in 24 hours, Gianna Mancha struck out six batters in only 4.0 innings of action to get Boise State to a 4-1 lead. The freshman would load the bases with zero outs in the bottom of the fifth however, and head coach Cindy Ball went to bullpen to have Veronica Lynch come in relief. Lynch would allow only one run on a fielder’s choice, getting on strike out and forcing the other two outs on ground balls to limit the damage.

Lynch would only allow two hits over the final three innings to get her first career save, while Mancha would get her second win in less than 24 hours.

The Broncos would score three runs in the bottom of the fifth to extend their lead and hold on for the win.

LONG BEACH STATE RECAP | LONG BEACH STATE RECAP

The Broncos gave up four runs in the top of the first inning, and were never able to recover in a 5-1 loss to Long Beach State, Saturday at Eller Media Stadium.

Boise State recorded nine hits in the game, but struggled to capitalize with runners in scoring position, hitting only .200.

In the bottom of the fourth, the Broncos were able to get their offense firing, getting Alison Seng to third on a throw after Ashlynn Adams singled to the right side. Seng scored on the next batter when Kora Wade was able to reach first on an error by the 49er second baseman.

The Marucci Desert Classic will conclude tomorrow, with Boise State playing Hawai’i at 12:15 p.m. (MT) from Stephanie Lynn Craig Park.


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