Three Homers Not Enough For Broncos
March 29, 2015
BOISE, Idaho - Boise State fought gamely in an attempt to climb out of an early hole but could not finish the rally, falling 10-6 to San Diego State Sunday at Dona Larsen Park.
San Diego State (23-12, 6-0 MW) scored six runs in the first inning, and held off a pair of Bronco rallies by scoring twice in the fifth and the seventh to complete the sweep of the Broncos, who dropped their 13th in a row and fell to 8-28 overall and 0-6 in Mountain West play.
The Broncos return to action Tuesday, April 7 in Las Vegas, beginning a three-game series at UNLV with a doubleheader.
After falling behind 6-0 after the top of the first, Boise State got a lead-off home run in its half of the first from Shaelee Pearson, her second such homer of the weekend. In the fourth, Hailey Torrez hit her second homer of the year, going off the pole in left with one out to begin a two-run rally. Ariel Frantz and Lindsey Nicholson singled after the Torrez homer, and with two out Sara Ketelsleger doubled past third base to make it 6-3.
Ketelsleger highlighted a three-run sixth for the Broncos as well, hitting her second home run of the season, a two-run job that capped her 3-for-3, three-RBI day.
Pearson and Ariel Frantz each had a pair of hits for Boise State, as the Broncos matched a season high with three home runs in the contest.
Unfortunately for Boise State, San Diego State was able to answer each of those rallies with runs of its own. After the Broncos cut things to 6-3 after the fourth, the Aztecs got one back as Kayla Bufardeci led off the fifth with a solo shot, then added a second as Leia Ruiz doubled and came around on Samantha Camello's two-out single to make it 8-3.
Frantz, after her second hit of the game, scored from first on Aztec catcher Jenavee Peres' throwing error on a Nicholson sacrifice bunt in the sixth to make it 8-4. After Jordan Kreiger walked to put two on for Ketelsleger, the Broncos attempted a double steal but had Nicholson thrown out at third. This would bite the Broncos as on the next pitch, Ketelsleger sent an Erica Romero offering out to left-center to cut the deficit to two at 8-6.
San Diego State again answered with a two-run inning, staging a two-out rally against Bronco starter Rachel Rodriguez. Camello singled and came around on Kayla Jordan's double to the gap in left-center, and Jordan scored the 10th Aztec run two batters later on Lorena Bauer's RBI single.
The Aztecs built their early 6-0 lead in its opening time up. The Aztecs opened the inning by loading the bases thanks to singles from Jordan and Sydnee Cable and a walk to Lorena Bauer, and got their opening run as Peres' grounder to short plated Jordan.
Bufardeci doubled to left-center, scoring Cable and Bauer to make it 3-0. Two batters later, Kaitlin Connors singled to set up Leia Ruiz' two-run double to left that made it 5-0. After Camello bunted for a hit, the Broncos would get a bit of bad luck as Jordan struck out swinging but reached base on the wild pitch, which also allowed Ruiz to scamper home with the sixth Aztec run.
Boise State starter Rachel Rodriguez recovered from the tough first inning to hold the Aztecs hitless over the next three, but San Diego State's bats woke up just enough with the rallies in the fifth and seventh.
Rodriguez went the distance for the Broncos, allowing 10 runs on 13 hits as she fell to 3-15. San Diego State starter Erica Romero improved to 21-9 with her third win of the weekend after giving up three runs on seven hits over six innings. Cable came on for Romero to start the seventh and retired the Broncos in order.
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