Broncos Come Up Snake Eyes In Vegas
Feb. 20, 2016
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Boise State remains in search of its first win of 2016 after dropping decisions to BYU and Southern Utah at the DeMarini Desert Classic in Las Vegas.
The day opened with an 8-0, five-inning loss to BYU and ended with a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Southern Utah. Boise State is now 0-7 for the season, and continues action in Las Vegas Saturday against Utah and Weber State.
BYU 8, Boise State 0 (5): BYU’s Olivia Sanchez one-hit the Broncos, who dropped their opener in Vegas, 8-0 in five innings.
The Broncos could not take advantage of four walks from Sanchez, two of those drawn by Cassidy Edwards, or a third-inning situation in which they had runners at second and third with one out. Boise State put runners on base in each of the first three innings and four of the game’s five, but went 0-for-10 with runners on.
BYU took advantage of a Bronco error to build a 4-0 in lead in the bottom of the second. Madison Merrell reached second on an error by Bronco shortstop Rebekah Cervantes, and went to third on a single from Ashley Thompson. Coco Tauali’I Bond dropped a bunt and beat it out to score Merrell, and a second-straight bunt single from McKenzie St. Clair loaded the bases once again.
Thompson came home on Alexa Strid’s sacrifice fly to left, followed by a third bunt single, this one from Caitlyn Larsen, that loaded up the bases again. Bronco starter Nicole Wilson walked Lexi Tarrow to force Bond in before Lauren Bell’s sacrifice fly to left plated St. Clair.
The Broncos’ best chance to make a dent in the Cougar lead came in the third as Kora Wade and Edwards drew consecutive walks to open the frame. Izzy Serrano bunted the runners over to second and third, but the rally dissipated as Shaelee Pearson and Makenzie Sullivan each flew out to left.
BYU loaded the bases with one out in their half of the third, chasing Wilson, and upped its lead to 5-0 on Strid’s second sacrifice fly of the game, this coming off of reliever Shawna Burke. Wilson took her first loss of the season, giving up five runs (three earned) on six hits and two walks over two-and-a-third innings.
The Cougars got the lead to 8-0 on a two-out, three-run homer from Thompson in a fourth inning that started with another Bronco error putting a BYU batter on base.
Just three of the eight runs given up by Bronco pitchers in the contest were earned.
Wade broke up Sanchez’ no-hitter with a one-out single in the top of the fifth, and got to second on a two-out wild pitch, but Sanchez struck out Serrano to end it and improve to 2-0.
Southern Utah 3, Boise State 2: Southern Utah scored twice in the fifth inning to break a 1-1 tie then held off the Broncos to hang on for the 3-2 victory at Stephanie Lynn Craig Park.
Payton Hart’s sacrifice fly to left scored pinch-runner Paige Johnson to break the tie, and Jordan Theurer followed with an RBI single that plated Kylee Wolf with what would prove to be the decisive run.
The Broncos threatened in the bottom half of the fifth, quickly pulling a run back as with one out Kayla Clausen singled, stole second and scored on Corey Hendrickson’s base hit to center. Pinch-runner Tatiana Sorokina would steal second, followed by a walk to Morgan Lamb, putting two on with none out and chasing Thunderbird starter Kirsten Hostetler. But reliever Haley Wall shut the door on the rally, getting Makenzie Sullivan to pop up to first and inducing an inning-ending groundout to short from Rebekah Cervantes.
Boise State got a runner in scoring position with two out in the seventh as Clausen was hit by a pitch and advanced a bag on Hendrickson’s grounder to third, but Morgan Lamb lined out to second to end the game.
Bronco starter Jenna Bassler was snakebitten again, falling to 0-4 despite her third-straight solid outing. Bassler gave up just four hits and struck out four over 6.1 innings. For the Thunderbirds, Hostetler picked up her second win of the season by allowing two runs (one earned) on six hits while Wall got her first save by going the final 2.1 innings.
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