Boise State Swept Saturday
March 14, 2015

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    FULLERTON, Calif. - Boise State could not hold onto a pair of late leads Saturday at the Easton Tournament in Fullerton, closing the event with a 2-1 loss to Charleston Southern and a 6-5 loss in eight innings to DePaul.

    The Broncos (8-20) head to Bakersfield to close the weekend Sunday with a doubleheader at CSU Bakersfield. Game times are set for 10 a.m. and noon MT.

    Devon Bridges, Shaelee Pearson and Makenzie Sullivan each had two hits on the day to pace the Broncos, who have now lost five in a row and eight of nine.

    Charleston Southern 2, Boise State 1: Stephanie Baro sent a 3-2 pitch from Bronco starter Rachel Rodriguez over the wall in left for a sixth-inning, go-ahead two-run home run that sent Boise State to a 2-1 loss to Charleston Southern.

    The home run spoiled an otherwise outstanding outing from Rodriguez, who fell to 3-10 with the loss. The freshman hurler tossed her sixth complete game of the season, giving up just the two runs on four hits with a strikeout. At the plate, Rodriguez doubled and scored Boise State's only run.

    On the other side of the duel, Charleston Southern pitcher Cheyenne Gandara allowed just a run on three hits to improve to 12-6.

    The Broncos got the tying run to second with one out in the seventh, but Gandara struck out pinch-hitter Teauna Hughes then got Kayla Clausen to ground back to the circle for the final out.

    Hailey Torrez had an RBI double in the second while Sara Ketelsleger also doubled for the Broncos.

    DePaul 6, Boise State 5 (8): Down to her team's final out and final strike, Mary Connolly hit a seventh-inning solo home run off of Boise State's Rachel Rodriguez to tie the game, and DePaul went on to down the Broncos, 6-5, in eight innings.

    After the Broncos scored in the top of the eighth to retake the lead at 5-4, DePaul scored twice in the bottom half on singles from Marsha Pendilton and Micah Fitzgerald and a sacrifice fly from Morgan Maize that plated Pendilton with the winner.

    Rodriguez took the loss for the Broncos, falling to 3-11 after giving up three runs on five hits over 2.2 innings of relief. Starter Nicole Wilson went four innings, giving up three runs (two earned) on four hits and Mackenzie McGill gave up a hit in an inning of relief.

    McGill entered the game in the bottom of the fifth for Wilson with runners on second and third, no one out and Boise State clinging to a 3-2 lead after a Megan Leyva double. The sophomore gave up an infield hit, and was snake-bitten on the next batter as she got Staci Bonezek on a soft liner to second, however second baseman Lindsey Nicholson tried to double Gena Lenti and shortstop Jordan Kreiger muffed the throw, allowing Leyva to score the tying run.

    McGill would not be deterred, though, getting the next two batters on ground outs to preserve the tie.

    The Broncos would then benefit from a DePaul miscue in the ensuing time up. Kayla Clausen reached and advanced to second on a throwing error by Blue Demon shortstop Haydn Christensen then came home three batters later on Makenzie Sullivan's sacrifice fly to right.

    The Broncos got the first of their two unearned runs in the opening frame, as Sara Ketelsleger reached on a throwing error and came home on Shaelee Pearson's two-out single through the right side.

    After DePaul answered with a run in the second, Boise State was able to take advantage of more misplays from the Blue Demons to take a 3-1 lead. A lead-off double from Sullivan and a base hit from Devon Bridges gave the Broncos runners at the corners to open the frame. Ariel Frantz, pinch-running for Bridges, would then get herself intentionally hung up between first and second, with Sullivan scoring from third after a late throw home.

    Pearson would beat out a bunt and take second as Connolly threw late and wide to first, allowing Frantz to scamper home with Boise State's third run. The Broncos. However, would miss the chance to break open the game as Pearson would be thrown out trying to steal third, Makenna Weir would ground out, and Corey Hendrickson, who doubled with the bags empty, was thrown out at home trying to score from second on an infield hit from Clausen.

    Connolly would end up taking the win for DePaul, improving to 3-8 after giving up five runs (two earned) over eight innings.

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