Broncos Steal Game Three from SJSU
March 24, 2018

BOISE, Idaho --
The Boise State softball team stole game three of the series against San Jose State (21-10, 5-1 MW), to split Saturday’s doubleheader and remain within a game of the Spartans in the race for the Mountain West title. The Broncos (19-10, 4-2 MW) won game three (10-2) but lost the first game of the day (13-7), Saturday at Dona Larsen Park.

The win against the Spartans in the third game would end an 11-game losing streak against San Jose State.

Game One | Box Score

It was all San Jose State in a shootout with the Broncos in the first game of the day. The Spartans scored eight runs between the fourth and sixth innings of the game, to put Boise State at an early disadvantage. The Broncos would rally for four runs in the bottom of the seventh, but it wouldn’t be enough in the 13-7 loss.

Both teams scored in the first inning, with junior Rebekah Cervantes sending her fifth home run of the season off the right field foul pole to tie the game at 1-1. The tie would be short-lived however, as the Spartans took advantage in the fourth inning.

San Jose State would load the bases with only one out, and starting pitcher Gianna Mancha would allow a walk to get the run across.

The Broncos also made four pitching changes in the game, sending out Mancha, Veronica Lynch, Micaela Leal and Tori Bivens in the loss. Mancha was charged with the loss after giving up five earned runs in 2.0 innings.

Boise State would attempt a rally in the bottom of the seventh, scoring four runs in the inning to pull within 13-7. Kora Wade scored on a single from Cervantes and advanced to home on an error, while Shaelee Pearson would hit a triple into right field on the next at-bat to send Cervantes home.

Jessica McKay would bat Pearson in, and score on a groundout from Makenzie Sullivan, but the Broncos would be unable to overcome the 10-run deficit at the start of the inning.

Cervantes would end the game a perfect 3-for-3 with a walk and an RBI.

Game Two | Box Score

Six days after turning a five-run deficit into a run-rule victory in the fifth inning, Boise State would launch a nine-run, fifth inning rally to down San Jose State in the final game of the series.

The Broncos trailed 2-1 entering the bottom of the fifth inning, but would secure a 10-2 run-rule victory. Karlee Johnson led off with a single up the middle for her first hit of the season, and Madison Anthony would follow with a bunt to put runners on first and second.

Boise State would not be called out in the inning until the eighth batter, as Cervantes singled to bat-in Johnson and Anthony for Boise State’s first lead of the weekend. Morgan Lamb would bunt on the next at-bat for another score, while Justene Molina would reach on an error to again load the bases again.

Halle Harger would bat in two more runs thanks to an error on the throw by San Jose State’s centerfielder, allowing Molina, McKay and Lamb to score for an 8-2 lead.

With runners on second and third and two outs, Wade – batting for the second time in the inning – hit a double along the right field line for two RBIs that gave Boise State the eight-run victory.

“We stayed together, and that’s Bronco softball to a T,” head coach Cindy Ball said. “When they believe, and they stick together, anything is possible. It’s all about momentum and feel, and I think this team is going to be feeling pretty good today.”

Kelsey Broadus was phenomenal in the circle again for Boise State. The sophomore allowed only two runs on two hits, while striking out eight.

“You see (Broadus) growing and learning from her role last year,” Ball said. “I’m really proud of her and excited to see where she’s going with that.”

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