Big Bats Earn Broncos Split Friday
March 18, 2016
LUBBOCK, Texas -- Boise State split its games Friday at the Jeannine McHaney Memorial Classic, rebounding from an 8-1 loss to host Texas Tech to beat Georgia Southern, 13-5, in six innings.
The Broncos (7-18) play two more Saturday, facing Georgia Southern once more at 12:30 p.m. MT before a rematch with Texas Tech at 5:30 p.m. MT.
Texas Tech 8, Boise State 1: Texas Tech scored eight unanswered runs, highlighted by a three-run homer from Kierra Miles in the fourth inning, to beat Boise State, 8-1, in Friday's opener.
The Red Raiders had runners on first and second with one out in the second when Bronco first baseman Teauna Hughes committed a throwing error on a grounder from Kirsten Schwirtlich that resulted in a pair of runs coming across. Texas Tech would get three runs in the third innings to blow things open with a 5-1 lead.
Kiani Ramsey opened the inning with a single, chasing Bronco starter Jenna Bassler. Jordan Bettiol and Miles followed with consecutive singles off of Nicole Wilson, the latter driving in Ramsey for the 3-1 lead. Two batters later, Brooke Scott plated Bettiol with a base hit and Miles came home on a sacrifice fly to center by Schwirtlich.
Miles capped the scoring with a three-run shot to right in the fourth.
Bassler took the loss for the Broncos, falling to 1-8 as she gave up three runs (one earned) on two hits and two walks over two-plus innings. Wilson gave up five runs on six hits over an inning and a third of relief.
Corey Hendrickson's two-out double to right-center scored Izzy Serrano with Boise State's lone run in the top of the first. Red Raider starter Cheyene Powell only went two and a third innings, giving up just the one run on three hits, and reliever Dominique Alcocer picked up the win to improve to 4-6 by giving up just one hit and striking out two over the final four and two-thirds innings.
Boise State 13, Georgia Southern 5 (6): Corey Hendrickson went 2-for-3 with three RBI while Shaelee Pearson and Rebekah Cervantes had three hits apiece as Boise State scored 12 runs over the final three innings to run-rule Georgia Southern, 13-5, in six innings.
Hendrickson's two-run single to center in the bottom of the fourth tied the game at 4-4 and highlighted a six-run Bronco frame that erased a 4-1 deficit. A throwing error by Eagle third baseman Hannah Farrell, one of her three in the contest, extended the inning and the Broncos took advantage, tacking on three more runs to take a 7-4 lead.
Pearson and Cervantes opened the inning with back-to-back singles off of Eagle starter Heather Felt, and after a one-out walk to Kora Wade loaded the bases, Pearson came home on a wild pitch. Hendrickson then brought in Cervantes and Wade with her second hit of the game. After Hendrickson, who advanced to second on a throw home, took third on a wild pitch, Teauna Hughes walked and stole second. A batter later, Makenzie Sullivan singled to plate Hendrickson for the 5-4 lead, and a throwing error from Farrell on the relay allowed Hughes to score and Sullivan to reach third. Sullivan would come home on a wild pitch to complete the scoring in the frame.
Bronco starter Mackenzie McGill ran into trouble in the fifth, surrendering an RBI single to A.J. Hamilton and loading the bases before giving way to Wilson with two out. Wilson would get Lydia Witkowski to line out to center to end the frame and strand three.
Boise State got that run back and more in the fifth, as a fielding error by Farrell allowed Cervantes to reach base, with Tatiana Sorokina and Wade following with singles to load the bases. Hendrickson walked to force Cervantes in, and Sorokina would score on a wild pitch. Hughes then lifted a fly ball to center that plated Wade to make it 10-5.
Pearson and Cervantes got back-to-back singles with one out in the sixth, with Pearson then scoring on Sorokina's RBI single. Cervantes would score when Wade reached on a fielding error by Eagle second baseman India Davis, and two batters later Cassidy Edwards drove in Sorokina for the win with a base hit down the left-field line.
Pearson and Cervantes each finished the game 3-for-4, with Cervantes scoring three times and Pearson twice. Sorokina, along with Hendrickson, had two hits, while she also drove in a run and scored twice.
McGill picked up her second win of the year, improving to 2-2 as she went four and two-thirds innings giving up five runs on seven hits with two strikeouts. Wilson struck out one over the final inning and a third.
Felt took the loss for the Eagles, giving up five runs (four earned) on six hits and four walks to fall to 0-1. Reliever Dixie Raley gave up eight runs (three earned) over the final two and a third innings.
Georgia Southern erased a 1-0 Boise State lead in the third on a two-run single from Morgan Robinson, and upped the lead to 4-1 on a two-run shot from Hamilton in the fourth before the Broncos rallied.
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