Broncos Get Late Win To Split Saturday
March 7, 2015
BOISE, Idaho - What was shaping up to be a bleak Saturday for Boise State changed with a couple of swings from junior Teauna Hughes. The transfer out of Clatskanie, Ore. pounded two home runs, including the equalizer, in a 4-3 eight-inning victory over Montana that helped the Broncos earn a split of the day's action.
Boise State (8-15) dropped its opener Saturday to Saint Mary's, falling 7-1.
Hughes hit her first two home runs of the season against the Griz, the latter coming on an opposite-field drive to left-center in the sixth which tied the game at 3-3. For the day she went 4-for-6 with two RBI, including a 3-for-3 effort against Montana.
Fellow transfers Corey Hendrickson and Nicole Wilson also stood out Saturday. Hendrickson hit her first home run of the season in the first game, and Wilson picked up her first win as a Bronco with a complete-game effort in the nightcap.
The Broncos will close out the SpringHill Suites Invitational Sunday at 3:15 p.m. against Weber State.
Saint Mary's 7, Boise State 1: Saint Mary's scored three times in the first inning and Boise State could not recover as it fell, 7-1, to the Gaels.
The Gaels (7-12) got a leadoff double from Katelyn Mamizuka, who scored the game's opening run two batters later on Andrea Hazel's single up the middle. Another single from Monika Reichhardt followed by Loralie Fitzpatrick reaching on an error by Sara Ketelsleger then loaded the bases for Saint Mary's with just one out. Hazel would beat Ketelsleger's throw home on a grounder from Erica Musgrave, and Reichhardt would score the third run on Giana Bilotta's sacrifice fly.
Saint Mary's pushed its lead to 5-0 with two more in the third as Fitzpatrick hit a two-run shot to left off of Bronco starter Rachel Rodriguez. The Bronco freshman would drop to 3-8 with the loss, going all seven innings and giving up seven runs (five earned) on nine hits with three strikeouts.
Boise State got its only run in the bottom half of the third on Corey Hendrickson's solo home run to right-center, her first as a Bronco. The Broncos threatened just once more, in the fifth, as Ashley Panetta led off the frame with a single and advanced to second on a passed ball, but was stranded as the next three batters made outs.
Saint Mary's added two more runs in the sixth on a solo homer from Sarah Lira and Mamizuka scoring later in the frame on an error at second by Ketelsleger.
Eight different Gaels had a hit in the contest, with Hailey Sparacino leading the way with two. Gael pitcher Lujane Mussadi went the distance, giving up just one run on four hits to pick up her fourth win of the season, improving to 4-7.
Boise State 4, Montana 3 (8): Teauna Hughes' second home run of the day brought the Broncos even with Montana at 3-3 in the sixth inning, and Boise State would go on to win it in the eighth on Jordan Kreiger's RBI single which plated Kaelie Doyle for the 4-3 win.
The homers were the first of the season for Hughes, who opened the scoring by launching a Carli Riordan pitch deep to straightaway center. The Broncos added a second in the fourth as Corey Hendrickson's sacrifice fly scored Hailey Torrez.
Bronco starter Nicole Wilson had allowed just two hits to the Grizzlies (2-15) before running into trouble in the sixth. Gabby Martinez singled to open the frame followed a batter later by Delene Colburn reaching on an error by Kreiger.
Lexie Brenneis brought Martinez home with a single to left, with runners advancing to second and third on the throw home. That set up Bethany Olea's two-run double to left-center which put the Griz ahead 3-2. Wilson, however, got the next two outs, stranding Olea at second.
The lead would last all of two batters during the Boise State half, as with one away Hughes lashed Riordan's offering deep and out to left-center to tie things up.
Two innings later, Kreiger would come up with two outs and the winning run on third against Kenzie Cole, and smack a two-strike pitch back up the box for the game-winner.
Wilson, meanwhile, set up Kreiger's heroics by retiring the final eight Montana batters she faced to earn her first win for the Broncos, upping her mark to 1-2 on the year. She went all eight innings, allowing just three runs (two earned) on five hits and striking out five.
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