McGill, Hughes Earn Broncos Split
March 5, 2016
McGill threw a complete game and Hughes hit the seventh-inning, go-ahead home run in the 5-2 win over the RedHawks, helping the Broncos rebound from a crushing, last-inning 7-6 loss to Bradley earlier in the day.
Boise State (4-15) concludes its stay at the Husky Classic with a rematch at Seattle University Sunday at 12:15 p.m. MT.
Bradley 7, Boise State 6: Boise State put the winning run in scoring position in the bottom of the seventh of Saturday's opener against Bradley, but the Broncos could not bring it around as Bradley's four-run top half held and the Braves took a 7-6 win.
Bradley reliever Jaelen Hull got out of a first-and-second, none out jam, striking out Shaelee Pearson to end the game with runners at second and third and pick up her third save of the season.
Makenzie Sullivan, who hit her first home run of the season earlier in the contest, was beaned to open the inning, followed by Kaitlyn Shreves bunting for a single. Kora Wade flew to center, and the runners moved over on Rebekah Cervantes' slow groundout to short. Pearson then worked the count against Hull to 3-1 before going down on two-straight pitches.
Bradley (5-12) finished its comeback in the top half of the seventh with four hits and two walks off of Shawna Burke and Jenna Bassler. A walk to Taylor Morales and back-to-back singles from Kelly Kapp and Kendall Duffy loaded the bases, and the Braves traded an out for a run as Erika Hansen's line drive to short was knocked down by Cervantes, who went to third to force out Kapp.
Burke, who went an inning and two-thirds in relief, was replaced by Bassler, who walked Alyson Clemente to load the bases up again. Bradley then tied it up 6-6 on Rachel Huggins' double down the line past third, with the Broncos preserving the tie only with a relay from Wade to Cervantes to Shreves getting Clemente at the plate as she tried to score from first.
The tie would be short-lived, however, as Maria Schroeder singled to right-center, driving in pinch-runner Elizabeth Leonard with the go-ahead run.
Bassler took the loss, giving up a run on two hits over the final two outs. Burke was charged with three runs on two hits and a pair of walks, while starter Nicole Wilson went four and two-thirds, allowing three runs on eight hits.
Megan Mahaffy picked up the win for Bradley, improving to 3-0 by going four and two-thirds, giving up two runs on eight hits.
The rally completed a Brave comeback from a 6-0 deficit. Boise State jumped out to the big lead with four runs in the second and two more in the third. In the second, the Broncos put runners on second and third after a Corey Hendrickson single and Morgan Lamb double. After a Wade walk loaded the bases, Cervantes drove in Hendrickson and Lamb with a single to center, chasing Brave starter Julie Kestas after just an inning and two-thirds. Pearson followed with an RBI fielder's choice and Izzy Serrano singled, scoring Cervantes. Sullivan followed a leadoff single from Hendrickson in the third with a towering home run to left to make it 6-0.
Sullivan and Cervantes each drove in a pair of runs in the contest, with Cervantes, Hendrickson, Lamb and Teauna Hughes each getting two hits.
Five Bradley players had two hits in the game, while Huggins drove in two runs with her double and Hansen drove in a pair of runs.
Seattle University 2, Boise State 1: Mackenzie McGill tossed one of the best outings of her career and was rewarded with a well-deserved win when Teauna Hughes hit a three-run homer to highlight a four-run seventh in Boise State's 5-2 win at Seattle University (6-12).
McGill allowed just two runs on seven hits and struck out three while going the distance to even her record at 1-1. The junior, after allowing a two-out single to Rose Saenz then a two-run home run to Maddy Kristjanson in the first inning, scattered three hits, struck out three and allowed just one runner to reach second over the final six innings.
Kayla Clausen went 2-for-3 and led the seventh inning off with a double off the fence in left-center. She moved to third on Laina Holmgren's groundout to second, and, after Tatiana Sorokina walked, scored the tying run on Izzy Serrano's base hit to left-center. Hughes then stepped in and blasted a three-run homer high and deep to right-center to complete the four-run seventh and put the Broncos up 5-2.
McGill had no tolerance for drama in the bottom half of the seventh, setting the RedHawks down in order. She retired the final eight hitters she faced in the contest.
Boise State halved the deficit in the fourth, as Makenzie Sullivan reached on a fielder's choice, worked her way to third on a wild pitch and a groundout, and scored on Kayla Clausen's infield single just past second base.
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