Broncos Split Doubleheader With Rams
March 17, 2017
BOISE, Idaho - Boise State split Friday's doubleheader against Colorado State to open Mountain West play, taking the first game, 10-3, before dropping the nightcap, 9-4.
The teams return to Dona Larsen Park Saturday at noon for the rubber game.
Haley Hutton went 5-for-7 and scored six runs for the Rams over the doubleheader.
"I'm proud of them for winning the first game and coming back after the first inning. It was good to see our players smiling at our park," said Boise State head coach Cindy Ball. "The second game wasntt our best. We didn't play the game we were supposed to and beat ourselves, and didn't deserve to win. It's a team effort that way. I love how we kept pushing, but defense is what it's all about so I expect us to play solid defense tomorrow. I'd like to see us bounce back and take the series tomorrow."
Boise State 10, Colorado State 3: Makenzie Sullivan hit a pair of homers, with the first keying a five-run third inning, to lead the Broncos to a 10-3 win in Friday's opener. Sullivan's two-run shot to center in the third put the Broncos up 4-3, and she followed with another two-run homer in the sixth to cap Boise State's scoring.
Sullivan went 3-for-4 and drove in five runs to pace the Broncos, while Cassidy Edwards added two hits and her first home run as a Bronco, a solo shot in the third. Rebekah Cervantes and Kora Wade also had RBI doubles as part of their respective two-hit games.
"I love that Sully is hitting well and carrying it into conference. It's great to see and hopefully we get the rest of the offense going and string it along with her," Ball said.
Colorado State scored three times over the first two innings, but Bronco starter Christina Washington recovered from the shaky start to retire 11 of the final 12 Rams she faced over the final four-plus innings to improve to 10-3 on the season.
The Rams took a 2-0 lead in the first on Lauren Buchanan's RBI single, and a passed ball a batter later which scored pinch-runner Kirsten Kauk. Boise State pulled a run back in the second on Sullivan's RBI single which scored Tatiana Sorokina.
Colorado State made it 3-1 on Amber Nelson's RBI single in the top half of the second, but the Broncos responded with a five-run frame in the bottom of the third to take control of the contest. The big inning opened with a double from Kora Wade, who came in on Cervantes' single up the middle. Sullivan then sent a Larisa Petakoff offering deep to center and out, giving the Broncos a 4-3 lead they would not relinquish and chasing the Ram starter from the contest.
The Broncos were no better to reliever Kaylynn Pierce as Izzy Serrano bunted aboard followed by Cassidy Edwards hitting her first home run as a Bronco, sending a shot deep and out to left center to make it 6-3.
Washington got out of a runners at the corners, 1-out situation in the top of the fourth and settled into a groove from there, allowing only a walk to Hannah McCorkhill in the seventh. The Bronco starter went the distance, allowing five hits, none after the third inning, and striking out six. Petakoff fell to 5-2 for the Rams with the loss, giving up four runs on five hits over two innings, with Pierce being charged with six runs over the final four frames.
"I'm really impressed with how well Christina kept her demeanor and changed it up a little bit during the game," Ball said. "You can only ask her to get better throughout the game. We'll need to do that with the rest of our staff tomorrow."
Boise State added four runs for insurance in the sixth, highlighted by Sullivan's second homer of the day, a two-run shot to left after RBI doubles from Wade and Cervantes.
Colorado State 9, Boise State 4: Colorado State scored four times in the top of the sixth to break a 3-3 tie and earn a split of the doubleheader with a 7-3 victory.
The Rams loaded the bases with one out in the frame to chase Bronco starter Paige Reimann, and took the lead when Kelsey Broadus hit Lauren Buchanan to force in Madison Kilcrease with the go-ahead run. Haley Hutton scored on a passed ball, and RBI singles from Taryn Arcarese and Francesca Olivas upped the lead to 7-4.
Reimann, who was charged with four runs (two earned) on seven hits and six walks over five-plus innings, fell to 3-2 on the season with the loss. Broadus gav up three runs over the final two innings.
Boise State got a run back in the bottom half on Shaelee Pearson's RBI double to score Cassidy Edwards, but couldn't crack any further into the deficit. The Rams added two insurance runs in the seventh on an RBI double from Hannah McCorkhill and a sacrifice fly from Arcarese.
The Broncos twice came back from early deficits, first scoring twice in the first on back-to-back RBI doubles from Makenze Sullivan and Izzy Serrano to answer Buchanan's sacrifice fly in the top half. The Rams re-took the lead in the third, getting a pair of unearned runs when a single into the outfield from Buchanan got past Bronco left fielder Kora Wade, allowing Hutton and Amber Nelson to score and make it 3-2.
Buchanan would finish the game 1-for-3 with a pair of RBIs for the Rams. Hutton went 3-for-4 with four runs scored and Kilcrease had three hits and scored a run.
Boise State pulled even in the fourth as Serrano opened the frame with a single, went to second on Edwards' sacrifice bunt, and scored on Bri Ambrose's single through the right side.
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