Broncos Drop Getaway Game To Matadors
Feb. 28, 2016

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    CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. -- Boise State's bid for a perfect weekend at the Mary Nutter Classic was denied Sunday as Cal State Northridge took the lead for good with a five-run fourth inning and went on to the 9-4 win.

    The Broncos (3-12) finished the weekend in Cathedral City 3-1 with wins over Loyola Marymount, New Mexico State and Stanford. Next weekend they will travel to Seattle for the Husky Classic, facing Pacific and co-host Washington Friday, Bradley and co-host Seattle University Saturday, and Seattle once more Sunday.

    Boise State was originally scheduled to play twice on this final day in Cathedral City, but the morning opener was called off when Bethune Cookman did not have enough players to suit up. The game was ruled a no contest.

    "The weekend didn't end the way we had hoped, but this result doesn't take away from at all from how well we played these past three days," said Boise State head coach Cindy Ball. "We opened the weekend with three good wins and played confidently, and started today off well, putting multiple baserunners on in each of the first three innings. Unfortunately, we didn't take full advantage of that, and a few mistakes in the field allowed Northridge back into the game. But we know what we need to work on, and going 3-1 this weekend gives us a lot of confidence heading into next weekend."

    In the afternoon, the Broncos started well, taking a 4-3 lead after three innings. But defensive mistakes in the bottom half of the fourth along with timely hits from the Matadors resulted in five runs coming across and an 8-4 deficit.

    It started with a leadoff single from Taylor Nate, who stole second then scored a batter later on Savannah Horvath's double down the left-field line. That chased reliever Nicole Wilson, who fell to 1-3 with the loss after giving up three runs on three hits over two innings.

    After Mackenzie McGill entered the circle, Boise State missed the chance to get a key out on the next at-bat, as Horvath got hung up on a delayed steal attempt but beat the rundown to finish the theft of third. Taylor Glover made the Broncos pay for missing the opportunity for the second out as she lined an RBI triple to left-center to put the Matadors in front for good at 5-4. The second Bronco defensive miscue of the inning allowed Glover to score as second baseman Cassidy Edwards went home on a bouncer to second, trying to get the speedy Glover, instead of going to first to get batter Katie Hooper. Karlie Habitz walked, with the runners then advancing to second and third on Allyah Ricks' grounder to second, and Ariana Wassmer deepened the Bronco hole with a two-run single that dropped just inside line in right.

    Paige Reimann came on for McGill, and after issuing a walk to Madison Fleming struck out Nate to end the frame.

    Boise State's bats, which had produced six hits over the first three innings, went cold as the Broncos were hitless over the final four innings. Matador pitcher Katie Chenault picked up the win after going the final five innings in relief, giving up just one run on four hits with four strikeouts.

    The Broncos chased Matador starter Rebecca Ball after just two innings, scoring three runs (two earned) with five hits highlighted by Rebekah Cervantes' three-run, second-inning homer. Izzy Serrano finished off a great weekend at the plate with a 2-for-4 effort, finishing the tournament with a batting average of .700 (7-for-10).

    Cal State Northridge answered right away, though, in the second as Nate was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, scoring Ricks, followed by Tara Kliebenstein's RBI single off of starter Shawna Burke. Habitz, in the third, hit a solo homer off of Wilson to answer Laina Holmgren's bases-loaded walk in the top half.

    Burke went an inning and a third, giving up two runs on two hits with a pair of strikeouts. Wassmer and Kliebenstein each had two hits to lead the Matadors.

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