Broncos Win Game One, Game Two Suspended
April 1, 2016
BOISE, Idaho – Boise State captured the opener of Friday’s doubleheader at Colorado State, 7-6, before the nightcap was suspended due to darkness with two out in the bottom of the sixth and the game tied 7-7.
The contest will be resumed Saturday morning from that point with the Rams having a runner on third before the teams play the regularly-scheduled series finale at noon.
Boise State (9-26, 1-6 MW) picked up its first MW win of the campaign, snapping a 12-game conference losing streak and an 18-game road conference slide.
Boise State 7, Colorado State 6: Boise State opened April Fool’s Day with a prank of its own to pull on Colorado State, spotting the Rams a 5-0 first-inning lead before roaring back for the 7-6 victory.
Colorado State jumped on Bronco starter Mackenze McGill right away in the first, scoring twice on RBI singles from Taryn Arcarese and Kristina Akiona. Two batters after an Amber Nelson single, Jaelyn Manzanares drove in Nelson and pinch-runner Sierra Galbreath with a triple to right. McGill’s then committed an error on Hannah McCorkhill’s ball back to the circle, allowing Manzanares to score.
Nicole Wilson would take over in the circle for the Broncos in the top of the second and would limit the Rams the rest of the way, giving up just an unearned run on three hits with two strikeouts.
Meanwhile, the Broncos slowly mounted their comeback. Clausen got the Broncos on the board with a solo homer to center to lead off the third inning. Despite a Bronco error extending the Ram third and allowing Colorado State to get the run back on a Hutton bases-loaded walk, Boise State answered in the fourth on Morgan Lamb’s two-run shot to pull within 6-3.
The fifth inning is when the Broncos broke through. Shaelee Pearson walked to open the frame, went to second on Kora Wade’s single then scored on Tatiana Sorokina’s base hit up the middle. Izzy Serrano pinch-hit for Makenzie Sullivan and bunted the runners up a bag, setting up runners in scoring position for Cervantes.
And Cervantes did not disappoint, slamming her team-leading seventh homer run of the season to left-center to put the Broncos ahead 7-6.
Wilson took care of things over the final three Ram innings, allowing just a fifth-inning walk and a two-out double in the seventh from Manzanares before getting McCorkhill to ground to short to seal her third win of the season.
Boise State 7, Colorado State 7 (suspended): Boise State and Colorado State were tied 7-7 with two out in the bottom of the sixth when umpires suspended the game due to darkness.
The game will be resumed from that point, with a Colorado State runner on third, Saturday before the teams play the series finale, which was scheduled for noon.
The Broncos trailed 7-5 before tying it up with a pair of runs with two out in the sixth. With Kaitlyn Shreves on third and Tatiana Sorokina on first, Teauna Hughes hit a ball that was booted by Ram shortstop Haley Hutton, allowing Shreves to score. Morgan Lamb then tied it up with a base hit into center that plated Sorokina with the tying run.
There were plenty of offensive fireworks over the first three innings, as the teams were knotted at 5-5. The Broncos capitalized on five Ram errors in the contest, beginning in the first inning as an extended inning led to a Lamb sacrifice fly that scored Izzy Serrano and opened the scoring.
Colorado State answered with RBI singles from Kristina Akiona and Hannah McCorkhill in its half of the first, only to have Boise State respond with two in the top of the second on Kayla Clausen’s solo homer and an RBI single from Izzy Serrano that scored Sorokina, who had reached on catcher’s interference.
Not to be outdone, the Rams pulled ahead, 5-3, with three runs in its half of the second. Madison Kilcrease led off the frame with a homer, and Haley Hutton followed with a single that chased Bronco starter Shawna Burke. Facing Jenna Bassler, the Rams added two more runs three batters later on Amber Nelson’s two-out double.
Corey Hendrickson hit a two-run homer in the top of the third to pull the Broncos even before Colorado State evened it up with a two-run shot from Jaelyn Manzanares in the bottom half of the fourth.
Burke lasted an inning for the Broncos, giving up four runs on six hits, while Bassler gave up three runs on five hits over two and a third innings. Paige Reimann was in the circle for the Broncos when play was suspended.
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