Broncos Sweep Friday In Cathedral City
Feb. 26, 2016
CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. -- A walk-off home run from Corey Hendrickson followed up by a complete-game gem from freshman Shawna Burke carried Boise State to a pair of wins at the Mary Nutter Classic Friday. Hendrickson's two-run, walk-off homer capped a 5-4, eight-inning win over Loyola Marymount while Burke shut down New Mexico State in a 2-1 victory.
"We had some great pitching performances by Jenna, Nicole and Shawna along with timely hitting from Corey and Izzy. These wins were definitely a full team effort," said Bronco head coach Cindy Ball. "I have to applaud our bench, they kept us in every pitch today and controlled the momentum."
The Broncos (2-11) won their first games away from home since Feb. 27, 2015, ending a streak of 30 losses in a row away from Dona Larsen Park.
Boise State continues action in Cathedral City Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. MT (9:30 a.m. local) against Stanford.
Boise State 5, Loyola Marymount 4 (8): Corey Hendrickson unloaded on the first pitch from Loyola Marymount's Hannah Bandimere in the bottom of the eighth, driving it high, deep and out over the left-field wall to give Boise State a 5-4 victory. The blast capped a 2-for-4, three RBI performance for the junior.
The homer marked the second time in the contest in which the Broncos battled back from a deficit. Loyola Marymount (6-5) scored twice in the opening frame thanks to a Bronco error and a bases-loaded walk issued by starter Jenna Bassler, but Boise State took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the third after a two-out, two-run double from Teanua Hughes and an RBI single from Hendrickson.
With a runner on and two out in the third, Kayla Clausen singled to extend the inning. Hughes tied the game with an opposite-field drive into left-center, scoring Shaelee Pearson and Clausen. Hughes would then score the go-ahead run on Hendrickson's RBI single over the head of Lion third baseman Alicia Brown.
The Lions answered right away, however, as Meghan von Behren hit a two-out double of her own off of Bassler to plate Caroline Figueroa with the tying run in the top of the fourth. Bassler would finish the inning but Nicole Wilson would take over at the start of the fifth. Bassler gave up three runs (two earned) and struck out two in a solid outing.
The teams stayed knotted at 3-3 into extra innings, until LMU broke the tie in the top half of the eighth. Sterling Shuster lined a two-out single to left-center off of Wilson that scored Brown, who opened the inning on second base via the international tiebreaker.
Shawna Burke came in for Wilson to get the final out of the inning, and picked up the win after Hendrickson's game-winning homer in the bottom half of the eighth.
Bandimere went the seven-plus innings for Loyola Marymount, giving up five runs (four earned) on nine hits with seven strikeouts.
Boise State 2, New Mexico State 1: Facing a one-out, bases-loaded jam and clinging to a one-run lead, freshman pitcher Shawna Burke got Tatum Reedy to fly out and Rachel Rodriguez to ground out to cap her complete game and Boise State's 2-1 win.
Burke scattered six hits, struck out two and stranded six New Mexico State runners to pick up her second win of the day and improve to 2-1.
Izzy Serrano went 3-for-3 and broke the 1-1 tie with a two-out RBI single through the right side in the bottom of the fifth, scoring Shaelee Pearson. Freshman Rebekah Cervantes drove in the opening run in the first inning, plating Morgan Lamb with a two-out single in the second inning. Lamb also went 2-for-3 in the contest.
Burke worked her way through a few jams with help from her defense. New Mexico State threatened with runners at the corners and none out in the third, but Burke struck out Lucy Mendoza before catching a break for the second out as Brennalyn Nakamura was called out at first for leaving the bag early. Kayla Clausen then preserved the tie with an inning-ending, full-extension diving catch of Rodriguez' flare into center field.
"It was great to see our defense behind Shawna in the second game," Ball noted. "Shawna threw a very smart game to a very powerful offense in New Mexico State. We are continuing on working our approach and getting one percent better every day."
In the top of the fourth, New Mexico State tied the game on a one-out double from Corrin Green before Burke buckled down, getting Amy Bergeson to ground out to third and Nue Sivia to foul out to leave runners at second and third.
Burke escaped the final jam with one more assist from Clausen in center. The Aggies loaded the bases with one out after a leadoff walk from Green and infield hits from Bergeson and Nakamura. Pinch-hitter Tatum Reedy lofted a medium-length fly ball to Clausen in center, with the Bronco senior making the catch and firing a laser to Morgan Lamb at home to hold pinch-runner Haley Nakamura at third.
Burke then got a game-ending ground ball to third from Rodriguez, leaving the bases jammed.
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