Broncos Set Record in Sweep of USU
March 18, 2018
LOGAN, Utah – The Boise State softball team recorded a historic sweep over Utah State to open Mountain West play. The Broncos (18-8, 3-0 MW) defeated Utah State (9-14, 0-3 MW) 15-7 and 15-6, in a Sunday doubleheader at Johnson Field.
Boise State outscored the Aggies 41-14 (+27) in the series, the greatest run-differential in a three-game series as members of the Mountain West. The sweep is also the program’s fifth as members of the Mountain West (2012-present), and the first time Boise State has opened conference play with a sweep (2012).
GAME ONE RECAP | Box Score
Boise State recorded a historic comeback, scoring 13 runs in the top of the fifth inning to cut a 7-2 deficit and run-rule Utah State to open Sunday with a 15-7 win in five innings. The 13 runs in a single inning is a new school record, and is tied for 26th on the NCAA record book.
Entering the inning, Boise State trailed 7-2 after giving up six runs in the bottom of the third inning. Madison Anthony led off with a double, and Kora Wade got to first on a bunt to advance Anthony. Wade went to steal second and was called safe, giving Anthony the chance to make a mad dash for home.
Junior Rebekah Cervantes hit an RBI single on the next at-bat to cut Utah State’s lead to 7-4. Shaelee Pearson advanced on an error, and then Jessica McKay singled into left field to load the bases. On the next at-bat, Boise State was able to score two runs off a pair of errors to make it a one-run game. Alison Seng singled on the next at-bat to allow McKay and Justene Molina to score from third and second, to give Boise State an 8-7 lead.
With the lead and zero outs in the inning, the Broncos looked to capitalize on their momentum. Makenzie Sullivan doubled and later scored on a two RBI single from Ashlyn Adams for a 10-7 lead. Three at-bats later, and Cervantes returned to the plate for the second time in the inning, for a three RBI home run into right field. McKay would hit a two run shot of her own to give Boise State a 15-7 lead.
In the bottom of the inning, the Aggies would go 1-2-3 to end the game after five innings.
Micaela Leal would get the win, coming on in relief in the third inning with one out. Leal would allow only two hits in 2.2 innings of action as the offense was dominant the rest of the game.
Anthony was a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate with three runs, while Cervantes led the team with four RBIs.
GAME TWO RECAP | Box Score
The Broncos would ride the momentum from the first game of the day, scoring 14 runs in the first two innings. Counting the final inning of the first game, Boise State would score 27-consecutive runs over a three inning period.
Boise State worked through their entire lineup in the first inning, scoring six runs. Anthony, Pearson, Cervantes, Molina, Sullivan and Seng all crossed home in the inning as the Aggies committed four errors.
The second inning worked out the same for Boise State, as they scored eight runs in the inning thanks to stellar play at the plate. Sullivan homered in the inning to right center, driving Seng and Molina across the plate.
Cervantes would add a home run in the top of the fourth inning for her fourth home run of the season to give the Broncos 15-2 lead.
Utah State would score in the bottom of the fourth and fifth innings to narrow the lead, but it would not be enough as Boise State would hold on for the five inning victory.
The Broncos are currently riding an eight-game winning streak as they return home this week. The Blue and Orange will host San Jose State, the only other Mountain West team with a 3-0 record in conference play. The Spartans are the reigning conference champions, and swept Boise State in Santa Clara, Calif. last season.
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