Broncos Split In Missoula
March 21, 2017
MISSOULA, Mont. - Boise State split Tuesday's non-conference doubleheader at Montana, coming back for a 4-3 victory in the opener before dropping the second game, 3-1.
The Broncos (20-7, 2-1 MW) resume Mountain West play this weekend, traveling to Fresno State for a three-game set. The series gets underway Friday night at 7 p.m. MT, with game two set for 7 p.m. MT Saturday and the getaway game scheduled for noon MT Sunday.
"A split is good, but I still think we should've played better. I think we beat ourselves," said Boise State head coach Cindy Ball. "We had great opportunities to change the game but didn't take advantage of them. We need to get better at that."
"We have to stick to our plan, go back to our game," Ball added in regards to heading into a showdown with Fresno State. "Regardless of who we play, we focus on us. We need to work on putting the ball on the ground again and being a tough out."
Boise State 4, Montana 3: Trailing 3-2 and down to their final out, Izzy Serrano, Cassidy Edwards, Jessica McKay and Shaelee Pearson strung four-straight singles together to produce a pair of runs for the 4-3 comeback win.
After Serrano and Edwards each bunted aboard, McKay delivered a pinch-hit, RBI single into right-center, scoring Serrano with the tying run. Pearson then drove in Edwards with a base hit through the left side to provide the go-ahead run.
"Izzy and Cass both laid down awesome bunts and Jess had a solid at-bat, same with Shae. I like how they continued to keep fighting regardless of how many outs there were or the inning we were in," Ball said.
Edwards led the Broncos with four hits in the contest.
Freshman Kelsey Broadus came on in the bottom of the seventh, setting the Griz down in order with a pair of strikeouts to pick up her third save of the season.
The Bronco comeback answered Montana's, as the Griz overcame a third-inning, two-out, two-run double from Makenzie Sullivan to take a 3-2 lead by the sixth. Delene Colburn hit a game-tying, two-run homer in the Griz fourth, with a two-out single from Alex Wardlow off of Bronco starter Christina Washington in the sixth scoring pinch-runner Katie Jo Waletzko with the go-ahead run.
Washington, however, picked up the win thanks to the seventh-inning comeback, improving to 11-3 on the year. The Bronco lefty struck out five while allowing three runs on seven hits over six innings.
For the Griz, Maddy Stensby fell to 2-5, giving up four runs on 12 hits with six strikeouts.
Montana 3, Boise State 1: Montana starter Michaela Hood limited the Bronco bats in the second game, allowing just a run on four hits with seven strikeouts as the Griz beat Boise State, 3-1.
The Griz got on the board first, forcing Bronco starter Rainey Dyreson out of the game after loading the bases with two out in the bottom of the second, then getting a walk from Ashlyn Lyons off of reliever Veronica Lynch to take a 1-0 lead.
Montana took the lead for good in its half of the third on Delene Colburn's solo homer off of Lynch, and added a run in the fourth as Bethany Olea's two-out single scored Katie Jo Waletzko from second.
The only threat the Broncos could muster the rest of the way came in the sixth, when they put runners on first and second with one out. But Hood pitched out of the jam, striking out Cassidy Edwards before getting Morgan Lamb to foul out for the third out.
"We just needed to respond better. We had 15 outs in the game that were either strikeouts or pop-ups, that's not usually us. I want to see us attack and hit the ball hard on the ground, and get back to that this weekend," Ball noted.
Hood improved to 6-2 with the win, while for the Broncos Lynch fell to 1-1 after giving up two runs on three hits and three walks.
Colburn and Olea each had two hits and an RBI for the Griz. Sullivan doubled and walked in addition to her sacrifice fly for the Broncos.
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