Boise State Captures Wild Series
April 12, 2015
BOISE, Idaho - Boise State bounced back from a 4-3, nine-inning loss in Sunday's opener at Dona Larsen Park to capture the series against Nevada with a 16-13 victory in the rubber game.
It's the first series win of the season for the Broncos (10-32, 2-10 MW), and the first since sweeping New Mexico at Dona Larsen Park from May 2-4 last year. Boise State has now captured five straight series from Nevada, which fell to 13-28 overall and 3-9 in Mountain West play with the split.
The Broncos head to the San Joaquin Valley next weekend for a three-game set at Fresno State, beginning Friday night at 7 p.m. MT.
Senior Jordan Kreiger went 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles and reached base in all five plate appearances in the second game, scoring twice. Devon Bridges hit her sixth home run of the season in the win, Hailey Torrez went 1-for-2 with an RBI, three walks and three runs scored and Teauna Hughes went 3-for-5 with two RBI. Also in the second game, freshmen Sara Ketelsleger and Shaelee Pearson each went 2-for-5 as Ketelsleger drove in three runs and Pearson two.
Nicole Wilson split the decisions for the Broncos Sunday, getting the loss in the opener but picking up the win to improve to 2-7 later in the afternoon. Rachel Rodriguez came on in the seventh with the Broncos up 16-13 and closed out the frame for her second save of the season.
Boise overcame five home runs from the Wolf Pack Sunday, as Nevada's Molly McWilliams and Amanda Weis each homered twice and drove in five runs in the second game.
Game 1 - Nevada 4, Boise State 3 (9): Karley Hopkins just beat Shaelee Pearson's throw to the plate to score on Jennifer Purcell's ninth-inning sacrifice fly, and Nevada completed its comeback with a 4-3, nine-inning win over Boise State.
The Wolf Pack scored the final three runs of the contest, coming back from a 3-1 deficit. Nevada finally got to Bronco starter Nicole Wilson in the sixth, as Purcell singled to open the frame and Ashley Butera sent a 2-0 offering out to left to tie things up at 3-3.
The three late runs spoiled a strong outing from Wilson, who fell to 1-7 on the season. The Bronco hurler matched a season high with five strikeouts over eight innings before leaving the game with two runners on and none out in the ninth. Rachel Rodriguez came on in relief, and gave up a hit to Megan Sweet to load the bases before Purcell's one-out sacrifice fly.
Butera and Purcell each has a pair of hits for the Wolf Pack, while Sweet went 3-for-5 with an RBI.
Boise State got all three of its runs in the third, taking advantage of some wildness from Nevada's Megan Dortch. Dortch walked Jordan Kreiger and Devon Bridges before plunking Teauna Hughes to load the bases with two away. Izzy Serrano would drive in Kreiger with a hard bouncer just over the glove of Dortch, then a walk to Kayla Clausen brought in a second run. Dortch was replaced with McKenna Isenberg, who hit Sara Ketelsleger with a pitch to force in Hughes for the 3-1 Boise State lead.
Isenberg would end up going 2.1 innings, allowing just a double to Bridges, before handing the ball back to Dortch, who went the final four innings to pick up her fourth win of the season. Dortch got out of a key jam in the seventh after the Broncos put runners on first and second with one out, getting Jordan Kreiger to ground into a 6-3 double play.
For the game, each team left 12 runners on base.
Serrano led the Broncos with two hits in the contest, while Bridges, Ketelsleger and Shaelee Pearson each had a hit.
Game 2 - Boise State 16, Nevada 13: Boise State recorded its top run total of the season, boosted by a seven-run sixth inning, in the series-clinching 16-13 win over Nevada.
The last time Boise State scored 16 runs came in a 16-9 win over UTEP in Las Vegas on Feb. 15, 2014.
Sunday's rubber game was one of major swings in momentum, featuring four lead changes and five half-innings of at least three runs scored. Both teams put up a seven-run inning, but it was Boise State's seven-run sixth that dealt the decisive blow.
Devon Bridges got the rally started as the Broncos trailed 10-9, leading off the frame with her sixth home run of the season to knot it up at 10-10. Teauna Hughes reached on a fielding error at first by Amanda Weis, one that would prove critical later on in the inning.
The Broncos would load the bases with one out after Kayla Clausen's base hit and a walk to pinch-hitter Corey Hendrickson. The next batter, Shaelee Pearson, would ground back to Nevada pitcher Megan Dortch, who threw home for the force and the second out.
That's where the error by Weis came into play. Instead of being out of the inning, Nevada still faced a bases loaded, two-out situation, and Boise State would take advantage and blow the game open. It started with Jordan Kreiger's walk, forcing in Hughes with the go-ahead run, and continued as Sara Ketelsleger drove a two-run single through the left side.
Hailey Torrez singled through the left side, scoring Kreiger, and Ketelsleger would score after catcher Kashmir Huckaby's throw to third trying to get Ketelsleger got away. After Bridges walked, Hughes would drop a bloop single just inside the left-field line to plate pinch-runner Kaelie Doyle to make it 16-10.
Nevada made it interesting as Molly McWillians hit a three-run homer, her second shot of the day, off of Nicole Wilson, but Rachel Rodriguez would come on and get the final three outs to sew up the win.
Kreiger led the Broncos with a 3-for-3 day, getting a pair of doubles and reaching base in all five of her plate appearances. Hughes went 3-for-5 with two RBI, while freshmen Sara Ketelsleger and Shaelee Pearson each went 2-for-5 as Ketelsleger drove in three runs and Pearson two.
Nevada had scored twice in the top of the sixth on solo home runs from Molly McWilliams and Amanda Weis to take a 10-9 lead. Both players homered twice in the contest and drove in five runs for the Wolf Pack, with McWilliams going 4-for-5 and Weis 2-for-4.
Boise State took advantage of a fielding error at first by Jennifer Purcell to score three times, and added five runs in the third highlighted by a two-RBI triple from Pearson.
Nevada answered with seven in the fourth, starting with a two-run double by Jasmine Jenkins and an RBI single from McWilliams before Weis blasted a grand slam off of Bronco pitcher Mackenzie McGill.
Seven of those first eight Nevada runs were charged to Rodriguez, who started the contest and lasted three-plus innings before coming back on in the seventh for the save. McGill faced just two batters in relief of Rodriguez, walking one before giving up the grand slam to Weis. Nicole Wilson then three three-plus innings, giving up five runs before being lifted after McWilliams' shot in the seventh.
Megan Dortch took the loss for Nevada to fall to 4-8. Dortch started the game before giving way to Chase Redington and McKenna Isenberg, before returning to the circle to start the sixth with the Wolf Pack up 10-9. For the game, Dortch gave up 12 runs (four earned) on nine hits over 3.1 innings.
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