Broncos Take Wild Series In Fort Collins
April 2, 2016
BOISE, Idaho -- Boise State watched a 10-run lead shrink to one in the rubber game at Colorado State but held on to take the series with a 16-15 victory. The Broncos set a program single-game record with 21 hits in the contest, and matched the program single-game best of 16 runs.
Earlier Saturday, the teams resumed Friday night's suspended contest, with the Rams capturing the 8-7 win to set up the rubber game.
The Broncos (10-27, 2-7 MW) will host UNLV next weekend (April 8-10) at Dona Larsen Park.
Colorado State 8, Boise State 7: Colorado State got a two-out, game-winning RBI single from Kristina Akiona in the bottom of the seventh to capture an 8-7 win in the continuation of Friday's nightcap which had been suspended due to darkness.
The contest resumed with two out and a runner on third for the Rams in the bottom of the sixth, but Bronco pitcher Paige Reimann ended the threat quickly, getting Maci Stouffer to fly out to right.
The Broncos couldn't take advantage of a one-out walk to Kaitlyn Shreves in the top of the seventh, and Colorado State threatened quickly in its half of the seventh, putting runners on second and third with one out. Reimann got Jaelyn Manzanares to ground to first for the second out, but couldn't escape the jam as Akiona delivered a base hit into right-center to plate Haley Hutton with the winning run.
It was the only run surrendered in relief by Reimann over the final three-and-a-third innings as she fell to 0-5 on the season. Logan Losh picked up her first win of the season for the Rams, allowing just two unearned runs over the final three innings.
Boise State 16, Colorado State 15: Boise State took a 10-run lead in the top of the sixth and barely managed to hold off a furious Colorado State rally to capture the rubber game, 16-15.
A wild sixth inning that featured 17 combined runs between the teams made for an entertaining finish. The Broncos scored eight times in the top half to take what appeared to be a safe 16-6 lead, but Colorado State answered with nine runs of its own to pull to within a run at 16-15.
Mackenzie McGill came on with one out in the sixth for the Broncos, and despite giving up three runs (one earned), preserved the lead through the frame while starter Nicole Wilson returned to the circle for the seventh, getting the final two outs with the winning run on second to improve her season record to 4-6.
Wilson went a total of five and a third innings, giving up six runs (four earned) on nine hits.
A bases-loaded single from Kayla Clausen followed by a Tatiana Sorokina walk accounted for the first two runs of the Bronco sixth. After Bridgette Hutton replaced Logan Losh in the circle for the Rams, another run scored on an error in center field on Izzy Serrano's fly ball. Rebekah Cervantes forced in a run with a bases-loaded walk, and Teauna Hughes cleared the bases with a double to right-center. Three batters later, Makenzie Sullivan capped off the scoring with a base hit to left that scored Hughes, making it 16-6 Boise State.
The double-digit deficit didn't faze the Rams, however. Singles from Jaelyn Manzanares and Kristina Akiona followed by a walk to Amber Nelson led to a bases-clearing double from Lauren Buchanon, making it 16-9.
Cassidy Edwards came into the circle for Bronco hurler Shawna Burke at this point, but she surrendered a walk, a two-RBI double to Hannah McCorkhill and another double to Madison Kilcrease before handing the ball off to McGill. The Broncos had gotten an out on McCorkhill's double, as the Ram batter was caught in a rundown after a wide turn at second.
McGill walked Haley Hutton and hit Taryn Arcarese with a pitch to load the bases with one out. Manzanares hit a sacrifice fly to center to plate Kilcrease and make it 16-13. Akiona then singled into center to drive in Hutton while Arcarese came in to make it a one-run game as Clausen misplayed the ball in center.
After walking Nelson, McGill ended the inning as Buchanon lined out to left.
Wilson returned to the circle in the seventh, and with one out the Rams put runners on the corners. But Wilson buckled down, getting a groundout from Hutton that moved Kilcrease to second, followed by a groundout from Arcarese to end the game.
Teauna Hughes and Morgan Lamb each doubled and had three hits to lead the Broncos, with Hughes driving in three runs and Lamb a pair. Rebekah Cervantes continued her tear in conference play, going 2-for-4 with her eighth home run of the season and five RBI.
For Colorado State, Losh took the loss to fall to 1-2, giving up seven runs on 10 hits over four innings.
Lamb's short groundout allowed Tatiana Sorokina to score in the first, and after the Rams took the lead with a pair of runs in their half of the frame, the Broncos opened up with a five-run second.
Back-to-back singles and stolen bases from Kora Wade and Kayla Clausen opened the frame, with Sorokina's infield hit plating Wade. Two batters later, Cervantes doubled down the line in left, scoring Clausen and Sorokina.
Lamb drove in Cervantes with a double after a Hughes base hit, and following a walk to Corey Hendrickson, Hughes scored on Shaelee Pearson's fielder's choice.
Cervantes two-run homer in the third made it 8-2 Broncos, but the Rams got one back in the bottom half on Lauren Buchanon's bases-loaded single. Colorado State added three more runs over the next two innings to get to within two at 8-6.
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