Broncos Split Day One In Nampa
March 3, 2017
NAMPA, Idaho - Boise State had its 10-game winning streak snapped in a 1-0 loss to CSUN in Friday's opener at the Springhill Suites Invitational at Halle Field in Nampa, but salvaged a split with a 4-0 shutout of Santa Clara.
The Springhill Suites Invitational continues Saturday as Boise State (12-3) gets a return meeting with CSUN at 3:30 p.m.
"We were still kind of slow with the bats but we made better adjustments sooner with how people came off the bench and executed for us," said Boise State head coach Cindy Ball. "
Senior pitcher Christina Washington extended her streak of scoreless innings pitched to 17 with her shutout of Santa Clara in the afternoon. It was Washington's third shutout of the season, improved her to 6-1 and lowered her ERA to 1.67.
"Paige, Christina and Kelsey all threw well enough to win," Ball said. "I think it really puts us in position to win a lot of games and our defense is getting after it, so it's good."
Freshman Jessica McKay delivered the big hit in the win over Santa Clara, smacking a two-run single up the middle in the bottom of the sixth to break open a one-run game and put Boise State comfortably ahead.
CSUN 1, Boise State 0: A first-inning error in center field by Cassidy Edwards allowed CSUN's Taylor Nate to score, and the run held up the rest of the way as the Matadors (8-8) snapped Boise State's 10-game winning streak with a 1-0 victory.
CSUN starter Daphne Pofek silenced a Bronco offense that had scored 87 runs over the past two weekend, allowing just three hits and striking out six while improving to 4-2. Boise State starter Paige Reimann was unlucky to take the loss, her first of the season, as she struck out four and gave up six hits and the unearned run over four and two-thirds innings.
Nate singled with one out in the top of the first, and the next batter, Taylor Glover, hit a hard grounder up the middle and skipped through Edwards in center, allowing Nate to score all the way from first.
Boise State had a chance to get the run back in the second, as Kora Wade led off with a single followed by a walk from Corey Hendrickson. But the rally went nowhere as Edwards struck out, and after Karlee Johnson's groundout moved the runners to second and third, Pearson popped out to third to end the threat.
Pofek found a groove from there, as beginning with Edwards' strikeout the Matador hurler retired the next 14 Broncos she faced. Rebekah Cervantes broke the run with a two-out single in the sixth, followed by a base hit from Makenzie Sullivan, but Wade grounded into a fielder's choice to end the frame.
Reimann ran into trouble with two outs in the fifth as the Matadors put two on, but freshman Kelsey Broadus came on and struck out Glover to get out of the jam. Broadus went on to toss a scoreless, hitless final two innings in relief.
Boise State 4, Santa Clara 0: Jessica McKay picked up a struggling Boise State offense in its second game of the day, driving in two runs with a pinch-hit single in the bottom of the sixth to turn a one-run game into a 3-0 advantage. Shaelee Pearson added a two-out, RBI double to provide the final run in Boise State's 4-0 win over Santa Clara (3-10).
"Jess, in her last at bat in South Carolina, she ripped it. She stuck with it, bought in, and it was good to see that," Ball said about the freshman.
Boise State let some opportunities get away from them earlier in the contest. Rebekah Cervantes tried to catch the Santa Clara offense napping and swipe second after a fly ball out in the first, but was thrown out to end the inning with a runner on third. Karlee Johnson, after leading off the third inning with a single, was doubled off first on Pearson's pop-up to second, making it two outs in an inning in which Boise State ended up putting a run across with a rally.
That would be all starter Christina Washington needed, as she scattered six Santa Clara hits in the complete-game effort. Santa Clara put multiple runners on base only twice in the contest, the first time with two out in the fourth, but Washington got Kimberly Goulart to ground to second to end the threat. In the seventh, Santa Clara put two on with none out but Washington retired the next three batters to end the contest.
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