Heartbroken Twice on Last Day
Feb. 21, 2016
Box Score vs. Oregon State
The Broncos had the tying run at the plate in the bottom of the seventh inning, but the drop dead time that was imposed prior to the game kicked in and the game had to be stopped. The game was tied at 7-5 at the time because the Shockers scored in the top of the seventh, but the inning was completely wiped from the scorebook and the game ended as a 6-5 loss for Boise State.
Boise State had plenty of positives throughout the game though, especially in a first inning that produced three runs. Tatiana Sorokina started things off with a bunt single, and Kora Wade quickly replaced her on first after a fielder's choice to second. With the one out Kayla Clausen stepped up and smashed a double to right center that plated Wade to make it a 1-0 Bronco lead.
Teauna Hughes followed by crushing a ball over the center field fence to score Clausen, quickly making it a 3-0 advantage for Boise State.
Jenna Bassler started in the circle for the Broncos and had a strong first three innings. After limiting the Beavers in the first and second, the third inning featured several key defensive plays that limited the damage in a bases loaded jam.
After Wichita State's Laurie Derrico got on with a leadoff single, it was Sorokina at third base who made a spectacular diving catch in foul ground off the pop up from Ashley Johnson to record the first out of the inning. The next two batters got on base via a walk and a bunt single to load the bases, but Bassler responded with a clutch strikeout to stem the Shockers' momentum.
With two outs and the bases still loaded, Liz Broyles singled to Clausen in centerfield and the senior came up with the biggest throw of the day. The run from third scored, but the Shocker on second was gunned down by a one-hope rope from Clausen at home that limited the damage, making it a 3-1 Bronco lead.
Wichita State's five-run inning that proved to be the difference down the stretch came in the fourth. After a double and a walk to start the top half of the inning, Nicole Wilson replaced Bassler in the circle. Despite the pitching change, Wichita State was still able to log another walk and four more hits throughout the fourth to score five runs and build a 6-3 lead.
Boise State responded accordingly in the bottom half of the fifth, plating two more runs to make it 6-5 after Hughes knocked in Kora Wade on a single and Shreves brought in Clausen by grounding out to the shortstop.
Neither team scored in the sixth, and Wichita State's insurance run in the seventh was negated after the drop dead time kicked in and the seventh inning was erased.
Hughes and Sorokina both tallied two hits apiece in the game, leading the Broncos offensively.
After allowing three runs over the course of the first four innings, the biggest hit of the day for the Broncos came from Corey Hendrickson in the fifth inning when she stepped to the plate as a pinch hitter. Facing a 1-2 count with the bases loaded, Hendrickson blasted a grand slam over the center field fence that gave Boise State the 4-3 lead.
Oregon State's McKenna Arriola quickly responded in the bottom half of the fifth when she doubled to right center to lead off the Beavers. Bronco reliever Jenna Bassler was able to retire the next two batters -- with Arriola advancing to third on a passed ball -- before the next two Beavers drew walks to load the bases with two outs.
Boise State was able to avoid giving up a big inning, but Arriola was able to come home on a wild pitch to tie the game at 4-4. A groundout to Edwards at second base ended the threat, putting the game on a trajectory for extra innings.
The Beavers made a pitching change in the sixth, bringing in Meehra Nelson in relief of Bev Miller. The hard throwing Nelson stymied the Broncos for the next three innings, but Bassler dug in and kept Boise State in the game with two good innings in the sixth and seventh.
After the regular seven innings, the Broncos went to the plate with Ariel Frantz placed at second to start the eighth in accordance with international tiebreaker rules. Boise State went three up and three down, putting the Beavers back up at the dish.
With Michelle Sass as the placed runner at second, a groundout to the right side from Madison Anthony recorded an out, but moved Sass to third. Alysha Everett then hit the game-winning base hit to right field, scoring Sass and securing the 5-4 victory.
Both Boise State pitchers -- Shawna Burke and Bassler -- combined to throw a great game against a good offense in Oregon State. Burke went 4.0 innings and gave up four runs -- two of which were earned -- on seven hits, and Bassler held the Beavers to just two hits and one run in 3.1 innings of work.
The Broncos will compete in another multi-day tournament next weekend when they travel to Cathedral City, Calif., and take part in the Mary Nutter Classic from Feb. 26-28.
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