Mistakes Cost Broncos In Losses
Feb. 20, 2015

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    TEMPE, Ariz. - Boise State hung with a pair of ranked teams at the Diamond Devil Invitational in Tempe, Ariz. Friday, but errors would doom the Broncos in losses to No. 15/14 Minnesota (8-3) and No. 21/19 Arizona State (4-3).

    A four-run inning for Minnestoa broke open a one-run game in the fourth inning in Boise State's opener, while two errors in the third inning against Arizona State allowed an unearned run to score in the Sun Devils' win.

    Boise State (4-8) looks to break its five-game slide Saturday morning, taking on New Mexico State at 9 a.m. MT followed by a rematch with Minnesota at 3:45 p.m. MT.

    Devon Bridges and Makenzie Sullivan each had three hits to pace the Broncos Friday, with Sullivan hitting her second home run of the year and driving in three runs. Kayla Clausen also went 3-for-3 on the day with an RBI.

    No. 15/14 Minnesota 8, Boise State 3: Five home runs, with two coming in a four-run fourth inning, from Minnesota did the Broncos in as the No. 15/14 Golden Gophers picked up an 8-3 victory Friday afternoon.

    The Golden Gophers broke open what was a 3-2 game in that fourth inning, thanks in part to a Bronco error. First baseman Makenna Weir muffed a throw which allowed Danielle Parlich onto first to lead off the frame. After Erica Meyer singled two batters later, Sydney Fabian homered to give Minnesota a four-run cushion. Two batters after that, Sam Macken hit a two-out solo shot to make it 7-2.

    A throwing error by second baseman Jordan Kreiger in the first inning set up a two-run homer from Kaitlyn Richardson, and Meyer's solo job in the second put the Broncos into an early 3-0 hole. The Broncos would fight back to within a run by scoring a pair in the bottom of the second.

    Freshman Makenzie Sullivan led off the frame with her second home run of the season to get Boise State on the board. Two batter later, Hailey Torrez doubled, then tagged to third on a pop-up to the right side and came home on Lindsey Nicholson's base hit to draw the Broncos to within a run.

    After Minnesota's big fourth inning, the teams traded runs in the sixth. Richardson hit her second home run of the game for the Golden Gophers while Sullivan drove in her second run by singling in pinch-runner Shaelee Pearson.

    Nicole Wilson took the loss for Boise State, falling to 0-1 after going the distance while giving up 11 hits and eight runs, only five of which were earned.

    Sullivan highlighted the Bronco effort at the plate by going 2-for-3 with the home run and two RBI while Hailey Torrez doubled and scored a run.

    No. 21/19 Arizona State 4, Boise State 3: Boise State had the go-ahead run on base with two out in the top of the seventh but could not finish in a 4-3 loss at No. 21/19 Arizona State.

    Teauna Hughes was one first with one out when Devon Bridges doubled to right-center, putting runners on second and third. Sara Ketelsleger grounded out to first, scoring Hughes, and with two away Makenzie Sullivan singled to left to drive in pinch-runner Ariel Frantz to make it a one-run game.

    Dale Ryndak came on in relief of Breanna Macha, but Sun Devil third baseman Haley Steele could not handle pinch-hitter Ashley Palmer's hit to third, with the error putting the go-ahead run on. Ryndak, though, would get Rachel Rodriguez to ground to third, and Steele made the play to extinguish the rally.

    It was an unearned run scored from errors in the third inning that ended up being the winner for the Sun Devils. With Arizona State batting and ahead 3-1 in the bottom of the frame, consecutive errors from Hughes at shortstop and Sullivan in left put runners on the corners with none out, which prompted Sashel Palacios' sacrifice fly that plated Bethany Kemp for the 4-1 lead.

    Rodriguez fell to 1-3 on the year with the loss, despite a strong effort in which she gave up just three earned runs on six hits. She was also a spark at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a run scored.

    As in the day's opener, Boise State started strong, drawing even at 1-1 in the top of the second after spotting one to the Sun Devils in the bottom half of the first. Rodriguez helped her own cause with a leadoff single in the second, and Hailey Torrez followed up with a base hit of her own. After Jordan Kreiger sacrificed the runners over, Kayla Clausen singled to right to score Rodriguez.

    Hughes reached on an error to load the bases, and the Broncos appeared primed for a big inning. However, Clausen was called out at second for leaving too early on an ensuing pitch before Devon Bridges struck out on a full count to end the inning.

    The Sun Devils would retake the lead in their half of the second. Jennifer Soria walked to start the inning and made her way to third on a groundout to short by Allie Butterfield and an infield single from Sierra Rodriguez. Soria would then score the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly from Elizabeth Caporuscio.

    Three Broncos had two-hit efforts in the loss. Along with Rodriguez' two hits, Bridges went 2-for-3 with a double and a walk, and Clausen was 2-for-2 with an RBI and a walk.

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