Comeback Bid Falls Short
Feb. 18, 2018

Final Stats

Box Score 
HENDERSON, Nev. – 
A late comeback bid against Hawai’i (4-2) fell short Saturday afternoon at Stephanie Lynn Craig Park, as the Boise State softball team dropped the final game of the Marucci Desert Classic, 3-1.

The Broncos (5-6) had a chance to tie the game, down 2-0, in the top of the sixth inning. Jessica McKay advanced to scoring position at second base after Rebekah Cervantes singled up the right side with no outs. Halle Harger singled up the middle to bring McKay home from second, and place runners on second and first.

Cervantes was thrown out advancing to third on a fielder’s choice, while Kora Wade grounded out to the shortstop before Harger’s at-bat, but Alison Seng drew the walk to load the bases with two outs. With a chance to tie the game, Makenzie Sullivan hit a ground ball up the right side, but was narrowly beaten on the throw from the right fielder to first to end the inning.

Hawai’i would add a run in the bottom of the sixth to extend their lead, and the first three Broncos grounded out to third base in the top of the seventh to end the game.

Despite being charged with the loss, Gianna Mancha was dazzling in her third start of the weekend. The freshman went the full game for the second-time this weekend, and threw a career high nine strikes while only allowing three hits. The nine strikeouts are the most since Kelsey Broadus threw 10 in a 4-2 win over Utah State (April 2, 2017).

Hawai’i got on the board in the bottom of the second after runners were put in scoring position following an error in the outfield. The following batter singled up the middle to bring home the runner from third, and Mancha later walked a batter with the bases loaded.

Despite the turbulent inning, the Broncos were able to escape the jam. Cervantes threw out a runner headed for home with the bases loaded, and Mancha was able strike out the final batter swinging to end the inning.

The nonconference season will continue next weekend at the Central Arkansas Tournament, Feb. 23-25. The Broncos will play five games over three days, facing Louisiana-Monroe, Kansas, South Dakota State, Arkansas- Pine Bluff and Austin Peay.


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