Broncos Take Opener At UNLV
April 7, 2017

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    LAS VEGAS - Christina Washington allowed just three hits over six and two-thirds innings and Kora Wade drove in three runs as Boise State took the opener at UNLV, 5-1.

    The Broncos (23-11, 5-5 MW) have a chance to take the series as they face the Rebels (19-16, 2-5 MW) again Saturday at 5 p.m. MT.

    Washington struck out two batters and improved to 12-5 on the year. At the plate, Wade went 1-for-3 with three RBIs, while four Broncos, Izzy Serrano, Rebekah Cervantes, Cassidy Edwards and Shaelee Pearson, had two hits apiece.

    "It's just such a good feeling for us to execute the plan we came in with, it gives us great momentum for the weekend," said Boise State head coach Cindy Ball. "Christina threw a lot of strikes tonight and even though she doesn't normally open the game with a walk like tonight, she was dialed in after that. She also played very good defense and fielded her position well. It was good to see her in action and being aggressive."

    Washington escaped a pair of jams in each of the first two innings, first getting Kiley Harrison to ground to third with two on in the opening frame. In the second UNLV put runners at the corners with none out after a bunt single from Justine Federe followed by Myranda Bueno reaching on Rebekah Cervantes' error at shortstop. The Bronco defense picked her up, however, as Jade Yadao-Valdez popped up to second, and the inning came to a close as the Broncos threw Federe out at the plate trying to score on Karly Bunderson's bunt, and Bueno was thrown out trying to take third after Federe was tagged out.

    Boise State took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second on Kora Wade's run-scoring groundout, which scored Makenzie Sullivan, who led off the frame with a double. It would begin a run of the Broncos scoring in four-straight innings, which continued with Cervantes' two-out double scoring Shaelee Pearson in the third to make it 2-0.

    The Broncos made it 4-0 in the fourth beginning with Cassidy Edwards' single and stolen base, followed by her coming in on Yadao-Valdez' throwing error on Wade's single. On the single, Wade went to second on the throw, advanced to third on the error and scored on an error by Harrison at catcher.

    The Broncos scored their final run in the fifth. Singles from Izzy Serrano and Cervantes followed by Cervantes stealing second with one out put runners at second and third. After Serrano was thrown out trying to score on Cassidy Edwards' grounder back to the circle, Cervantes scored on Wade's fielder's choice.

    UNLV got a run with two out in the seventh as pinch-hitter Chrissi Omalza doubled and Charlie Masterson singled to chase Washington. Mara Kemmer, facing Kelsey Broadus, drove Omalza in with a base hit before Broadus closed the game by getting Reina Bondi to pop out to third.

    Morgan Ettinger went the distance for the Rebels, falling to 12-10 while giving up five runs (two earned) on 11 hits.

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