Boise State Swept At CSU Bakersfield
March 15, 2015
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Looking to salvage the weekend in Southern California with a win, Boise State was denied Sunday as the Broncos were swept in a doubleheader at CSU Bakersfield.
The Roadrunners (11-12) took the first game, 4-1, before finishing the sweep with a 9-1 five-inning decision in the afternoon.
Boise State is now 8-22 on the season and has dropped seven straight. The Broncos begin Mountain West play next weekend, opening a three-game series at San Jose State Friday at 1 p.m. MT.
Game 1 - CSU Bakersfield 4, Boise State 1: Sydney Raeber's hard fifth-inning grounder deflected off of Bronco pitcher Nicole Wilson, creating just enough time for Alexandrea Simmons to beat Lindsey Nicholson's throw home for what turned out to be the winner in CSU Bakersfield's 4-1 win.
Briana Pontecorvo added a pinch-hit, two-run homer off of Rachel Rodriguez in the sixth to provide the insurance for the Roadrunners.
It was an unfortunate break for Wilson, who fell to 1-4 despite giving up just two runs (one earned) with three strikeouts over five innings.
The Broncos struck first as Hailey Torrez drove in Jordan Kreiger with a one-out single in the opening frame. CSU Bakersfield leveled things at 1-1 thanks to a Bronco error. Selena Gonzalez dropped a bunt and beat it out for a hit, but Makenzie Sullivan's throw from third went wide and into right field, allowing Madison Bundy to score from second.
Boise State managed just five singles off of Roadrunner starter Kelsie Monroe, who improved to 7-5 with the complete-game effort. Monroe allowed just the first-inning run and struck out three.
Kayla Clausen reached base in all three plate appearances for the Broncos, getting a single, walk and being hit by a pitch.
Game 2 - CSU Bakersfield 9, Boise State 1: A five-run third inning for CSU Bakersfield broke things open in the second game of Sunday's doubleheader as the Roadrunners defeated Boise State, 9-1, in five innings to complete the sweep.
Alexandrea Simmons led off the third with a triple for the Roadrunners, which led 2-0 at that point. She came in to score on the next batter, as Sydney Raeber reached on Laina Holmgren's fielding error at second. CSU Bakersfield would go on to load the bases with two out, setting things up for Jo Larios, who dropped a bases-clearing triple down the right-field line, making it 6-0 and chasing Bronco starter Rachel Rodriguez from the game.
Reliever Mackenzie McGill then beaned Adrianna Cardoza before committing an illegal pitch, allowing Larios to score from third.
Rodriguez fell to 3-12 on the year with the loss, giving up seven runs (three earned) on six hits over 2.2 innings. At the plate she accounted for the only Bronco run, hitting a solo home run in the fourth, her second of the season.
The Roadrunners added an eighth in their half of the fourth as McGill hit Maddi Clark with a pitch to force in a run, then ended the game in the fifth as Makenzie Zinger singled to left to score Simmons.
Roadrunner starter Lyndsay Klimanko went all five innings for her third win, giving up just one run on four hits.
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