Broncos Sweep Behind a Pair of Shutouts
March 9, 2018

Box Score

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Led by dominant pitching from two underclassmen, the Boise State softball team won both games of the second day of the UCR Classic, Friday at the Amy S. Harrison Softball Field. The Broncos (12-8), downed North Dakota State, 1-0, before beating Colgate, 4-0, in the afternoon.

Boise State will close out the tournament tomorrow against Columbia.

NDSU Recap | Box Score

After averaging over six runs per game through the first 18 games of the season, Boise State was force to win a narrow affair against the Bison (9-6), relying on clutch defensive performances, and solid pitching from their freshman ace.

Halle Harger scored on an RBI single from Alison Seng in the top of the second, in what would be the deciding run of the game. Despite combining for nine hits, the Broncos were to one or fewer hits in four innings of play.

The Bison rallied their biggest threat in the bottom of the fifth inning, loading the bases with only one out. Boise State was able to get a 3-2-3 double play for two outs, and Mancha was able to fan the final batter looking to end the inning, and preserve Boise State’s one-run lead.

Mancha earned the second shutout of her career, and improved to 6-2 on the season with four complete games under her belt.

Colgate Recap | Box Score

A complete game from Kelsey Broadus powered Boise State to a 4-0 win over Colgate for their second-straight shutout. Broadus went the distance with eight strikeouts for the second shutout of her career.

The Broncos were able to score a pair of runs in both the bottom of the third and bottom of the sixth. Ashlyn Adams tripled to bring Shaelee Pearson home, and Madison Anthony added a single on the next at-bat for Adams to score in the third inning for a 2-0 lead. The Blue and Orange would add to their lead when McKay scored on a ground out from Pearson. Anthony would again get the RBI when her single brought Micaela Leal home from third.

Colgate threatened early, loading the bases in the top of the first inning. Broadus would be able to escape the jam, striking out one batter and forcing the last to pop out to shortstop.


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