Broncos Complete Unbeaten Weekend
March 12, 2017
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Boise State set program records for in Sunday's opening-game 25-12, six-inning win over Quinnipiac then finished off a 5-0 weekend at the CSUN/LMU Tournament with a 10-1, six-inning victory over Hartford.
The 25 runs, 22 hits and seven doubles by the Broncos in the opening contest established single-game benchmarks in the program record book. The previous highs were 16 runs, accomplished five times, 21 hits in a game last April 2 at Colorado State, and five doubles, accomplished thrice.
Sophomore Morgan Lamb went 5-for-5 in the opener with a homer, two doubles and five RBIs. Fellow sophomore Rebekah Cervantes went a combined 6-for-9 over the two games, with three hits in each, including a home run and four RBIs against Quinnipiac.
Boise State (17-5) begins Mountain West play next weekend, hosting Colorado State for a three-game series beginning on St. Patrick's Day at 4 p.m. at Dona Larsen Park.
Boise State 25, Quinnipiac 12: Boise State set program single-game records for runs scored (25), hits (22) and doubles (seven) in Sunday's opener, a 25-12, six-inning victory over Quinnipiac. The teams combined to commit eight errors, five by Quinnipiac and three by Boise State, which led to a combined nine unearned runs.
Sophomore catcher Morgan Lamb led the way with a 5-for-5 performance which included a home run, two doubles and five RBIs. Rebekah Cervantes and Tatiana Sorokina each had three hits and scored four times in the win, with Sorokina doubling twice and Cervantes hitting her fifth home run of the campaign and driving in four runs.
The wildness of the contest began right away as the Broncos got on the board with a run scored with the help of a Quinnipiac error in the top of the first. Boise State returned the favor in the bottom half of the frame, as a two-out error at third by Sorokina extended things, allowing the Bobcats to load the bases then take a 3-1 lead through Erin Larsen's bases-clearing triple.
The Broncos scored five runs in each of the next two innings, helped by more Bobcat errors. In the top of the second, Shaelee Pearson led off with a single and came around on Lamb's double. Sorokina bunted aboard and an error on Kora Wade's grounder by second baseman Emily Czaja allowed Lamb to score and extended the inning for the Broncos to score three more times. Lamb homered to open the scoring in the third, and a two-out dropped fly ball by the Bobcats allowed Cervantes and Izzy Serrano to score unearned runs to make it 10-1 Boise State by the end of the frame.
After Quinnipiac (5-7) pulled a run back in its half of the third on Rebecca Drake's home run, Karlee Johnson opened the Bronco fourth by reaching on an error. After Lamb's single, Sorokina brought them both in with a double to left, and after taking third on Wade's fly out, scored when Cervantes' fly ball to right was dropped. The Broncos added two more in the top of the fifth on Lamb's two-run double, and Boise State, up 16-4, looked poised to end it in five.
Quinnipiac managed to extend the game, however, scoring six times in the bottom of the fifth. The Bobcats loaded the bases with none out against Jenna Bassler, who came on for Veronica Lynch to start the frame, with Drake bringing in the first run with an RBI single. Sorokina then dropped a shot from Keala Cordeiro in center, and compounded the miscue with a throwing error back into the infield which allowed the bases to clear and Cordeiro to get to third. At that point, Bronco starter Christina Washington, who tossed the first two innings before being relieved by Lynch to start the third, returned to the circle and got Lexi Courtney to fly out before Larsen got the Bobcats out of the eight-run deficit with an RBI triple. Rachel Marchuk added an RBI double to score Larsen and make it 16-10 before Washington got out of the inning.
Boise State put it away with nine runs in the top of the sixth with RBI doubles from Serrano and Pearson highlighting the frame before Cervantes capped it with a two-run homer to center. Quinnipiac scored twice in the bottom half on Courtney's two-run shot, but it would not be enough to prevent the mercy rule from being put into action with Boise State ahead, 25-12.
Washington, who went three and two-thirds innings, giving up six runs (three earned) on nine hits over her two stints in the circle, picked up the win to improve to 9-3. Quinnipiac's Kendall Brundrett took the loss to fall to 2-1, giving up 12 runs (nine earned) on 10 hits over three and a third innings of work.
Boise State 10, Hartford 1: Boise State's bats stayed hot in the second game of the day as the Broncos pounded out 13 hits in the 10-1, six-inning win over Hartford.
The Broncos scored four times in the first thanks to a Hartford error and RBI doubles from Cervantes and Serrano. Cervantes would add a second RBI with a groundout that scored Shaelee Pearson in the second to make it 5-0, Boise State.
Cassidy Edwards, who went 2-for-3 in the contest, tripled with one out in the third and scored on Morgan Lamb's sacrifice fly, and in the fourth the Broncos took advantage of another Hartford error to score twice to make it 8-0. Kora Wade and Cervantes opened the frame with singles, and after Makenzie Sullivan's walk loaded the bases, an error by Hawks second baseman Madison Hilimire on Serrano's grounder allowed Wade to come in. Cervantes then scored on Edwards' sacrifice fly.
Hartford extended the game with a run in the bottom of the fifth, putting runners on second and third then scoring on a third-strike wild pitch from Bronco reliever Mackenzie McGill. Boise State would finish the job in the sixth, though, as Izzy Serrano knocked in Cervantes with a double, then scored on a Hawks error on Edwards' grounder.
From there, McGill and Paige Reimann shut the door on the Hawks in the sixth to seal the win.
Freshman Kelsey Broadus went four scoreless innings, giving up just three hits, to improve to 3-0 on the season. Isabella Gerone gave up six runs (five earned) on eight hits over three innings to fall to 0-4 for Hartford (2-14).
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