Broncos Come Back To Beat North Dakota
March 10, 2017

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    NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Tatiana Sorokina's two-run single highlighted a five-run fifth inning for Boise State, keying the Broncos to a 6-3 victory over North Dakota to open the CSUN/LMU Tournament in Northridge.

    Boise State (13-5) heads to Los Angeles Saturday for a pair of games, taking on co-host LMU at 11:30 a.m. MT and Bryant at 2 p.m. MT.

    Trailing 2-0 to start the fifth, Boise State opened the top half with Cassidy Edwards reaching on an error. Edwards and Karlee Johnson both ended up safe on Johnson's fielder's choice, and an infield single by Shaelee Pearson loaded the bases. Rebekah Cervantes brought Edwards in with a bases-loaded walk, and Sorokina put the Broncos in front to stay with a two-run single up the middle.

    Two batters later, Makenzie Sullivan dropped a bunt single that scored Cervantes, and Izzy Serrano drove in Sorokina with a groundout to third. Sullivan led the Broncos with two hits on the day, while Cervantes and Sorokina each drove in a pair of runs and Edwards scored twice.

    "We had a different lineup and Tatiana came up in the No. 3 spot with a great at-bat. I'm really proud of her for that, and of Sully, who laid down a nice squeeze to bring in our fourth run," said Boise State head coach Cindy Ball. "Credit also to our 7-8-9 hitters for getting the inning going and setting the table for our the top of our lineup. For them to get in that position helped us out. I'd like to see us make more adjustments as we go throughout the weekend.

    North Dakota pulled a run back in its half of the fifth, and brought the potential go-ahead run to the plate, but freshman Kelsey Broadus, coming on in relief of Christina Washington, was able to quell the threat. With runners on first and second with one out, the Fighting Hawks got a RBI double from Victoria Minor, chasing Washington from the contest. Broadus came in, however, and shut it down, striking out Rachael Waynick and getting Mary Martin to ground to short to strand the runners at second and third.

    Broadus would finish the final two-and-a-third innings, striking out five and not giving up a run to earn her second save of the season. Washington improved to 7-3 with the win, striking out two while giving up three runs on four hits over four and a third.

    "I loved how Kelsey came in, threw a lot of strikes and how the defense played well behind her," Ball said. "I really like how our defense responded with some good plays late to get us back into the game."

    The Broncos added an insurance run in the sixth on Cervantes' two-out RBI triple which scored Edwards.

    North Dakota opened the scoring in the third after putting runners on second and third with one out. Pinch-runner Deja Miller beat a throw to the plate on Minor's grounder to score the game's first run, and Waynick followed with a single that plated Angel Love.

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