Boise State Splits Against Idaho State
March 11, 2016
BOISE, Idaho – Boise State split Friday’s doubleheader with Idaho State to open the first day of the SpringHill Suites Invitational at Dona Larsen Park. The Broncos rebounded from an 11-0, five-inning loss in the opener to beat the Bengals, 6-4, in the finale.
The invitational continues Saturday as Idaho State and Montana open up the action at noon, with the Broncos (5-17) taking on Montana at 2:30 p.m.
Idaho State 11, Boise State 0 (5): Idaho State scored six times in the first inning, and Boise State could not get anything going offensively in an 11-0, five-inning loss to the Bengals in Friday’s opener.
The contest got off to an ominous start for the Broncos, as Idaho State leadoff batter Michaela Taylor reached on an error by Bronco second baseman Cassidy Edwards. After Taylor moved to second on a sacrifice bunt, the Bengals got four-straight singles, resulting in two runs scored and the bases loaded with one out.
Reis Birkett then drove in a pair with a double down the right-field line to make it 4-0 and chase Bronco starter Mackenzie McGill. Nicole Wilson came on to pitch for the Broncos and was greeted with another two-run double, this time from Ashley Morris, to make it 6-0.
Morris led the Bengals with a 3-for-3 performance and two RBI. Birkett also had a pair of hits along with two RBI.
Katelyn Marquez and Kacie Burnett got back-to-back hits to open the second, with Burnett ending up at second advancing on a throw home that held Marquez. Marquez would score on an RBI groundout from Maddy Hickman followed by Burnett coming home on Ashlyn Ames’ sacrifice fly to left, making it 8-0 Bengals.
Idaho State got an additional run in the third as pinch-runner Kaitlyn Spohrer stole home, and two more in the fifth on RBI singles from Hayes and Taylor.
McGill took the loss to fall to 1-2, allowing six runs (five earned) over just a third of an inning. For Idaho State, Sophie Slagle improved to 5-4 by allowing just five hits and striking out three.
The Broncos managed to get a hit in each inning, but could not do much with them, stranding eight baserunners in the contest. Boise State put two on with none out in the first on a base hit from Tatiana Sorokina and an Idaho State error on a fielder’s choice from Teauna Hughes, but could not capitalize. The Broncos would get a runner on second in both the second and third innings, and load the bases in the fifth, but came away empty-handed each time.
Boise State 6, Idaho State 4: Kayla Clausen went 3-for-3 with four RBI, and pitcher Jenna Bassler went the distance for her first collegiate win as Boise State bounced back with a 6-4 win over Idaho State.
The Broncos quickly put their lopsided loss in the opener out of their minds, scoring four times in the first inning thanks in part to a two-out, three-run double by Clausen.
The Broncos nearly ran themselves out of the big inning, as a no-out double-steal attempt was thwarted when Tatiana Sorokina was thrown out at home as Izzy Serrano took second. Morgan Lamb grounded out to second, moving Serrano to third but putting the Broncos one out away from coming up empty.
Solid at-bats helped keep the inning alive, however, as Corey Hendrickson walked and Teauna Hughes slammed a base hit up the middle that scored Serrano with the opening run. The inning was extended as Bengal shortstop Alex Portesi bobbled Rebekah Cervantes’ grounder, loading the bases. Clausen then made the Bengals pay for the miscue, clearing the bases with a double over the head of Kacie Burnett in left.
Hendrickson was hit by a pitch to open the third, and Hughes followed with a single to put two on for the Broncos. Two batters later, Clausen went up the middle against Bengal starter Ashlyn Ames to score pinch-runner Ariel Frantz. Shaelee Pearson followed with a single of her own along the line in left to score Hughes and make it 6-0.
Bassler made the lead hold up, only running into trouble in the fourth as Idaho State put four across to cut the Boise State lead to two. Michaela Taylor and Katelyn Marquez opened the inning with back-to-back singles, with Taylor scoring on Burnett’s base hit up the middle.
Bassler loaded the bases by hitting Maddy Hickman, and forced Marquez home with a walk to Ames. Pearson saved a run by forcing Burnett at the plate on Portesi’s grounder to second, but with the bases still loaded another walk, this time to Dara Kolar, halved the Bronco lead at 6-3.
Ashley Morris singled through the right side to score Ames but another fine defensive play from the Broncos kept another Bengal run off the board, as right-fielder Kora Wade came up firing and her on-target throw nailed Portest at the plate for the second out. Sarah Hayes then grounded back to Burke to end the inning and strand the tying run at second.
Bassler cruised through the final three innings, facing the minimum nine batters as she retired the side in the fifth and sixth, and, with one out in the seventh, ended the game as Hayes lined to Cervantes at short who tossed to second to double off pinch-runner Aubrey Creekmore. Bassler picked up her first collegiate win, allowing four runs on five hits to move to 1-7.
Hughes and Pearson each had two hits and an RBI for the Broncos to back up Clausen’s big game at the plate.
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