Broncos Escape with Win
April 21, 2018

Final Stats

RENO, Nev. – The Boise State softball team rallied for their second-straight extra inning win of the weekend, scoring four runs in the top of the eighth for the 10-6 win, Saturday against Nevada (19-20, 8-8 MW).

The win gives Boise State (30-13, 9-5 MW) 30 wins on the season in only 43 games, the fastest they’ve accomplished the feat. This is also only the second time in program history the Broncos have had back-to-back 30-win season (2011-12).

Boise State took the 7-6 lead on an error by Nevada’s third baseman to score Shaelee Pearson from second base. Rebekah Cervantes would single up the left side and advance to second on the throw to score Madison Anthony from third, followed by a two RBI double from Jessica McKay for the 10-6 lead.

Despite loading the bases, Boise State would be able to escape the bottom of the eighth with the win.

The Broncos struck first for the second-straight game to take a 1-0 lead over Nevada. Cervantes singled with two outs in the third inning, and stole second during McKay’s at-bat. McKay singled up the left side, and the first baseman bobbled the ball, giving Cervantes more than enough time to score from second.

Cervantes would lead the team with two runs in the game, going 2-for-3 at the plate with a walk.

Boise State would add to their lead with a two-run home run from Makenzie Sullivan in the top of the fourth to go up 3-0. Sullivan now has eight home runs on the season, and 31 in her career – moving her one shy of tying Kathy Cox (2009-10) for third on the Bronco record book.

Nevada would tie the game in the bottom of the inning on a sacrifice fly to centerfield with one out, allowing Kenzi Goins to score from third. Lauren Gutierrez would hit a two-run home run that was just inches away from being foul in the bottom of the fifth inning to pull within 4-3.

Pearson would give Boise State some breathing room, hitting a two-run home run into right field to extend Boise State’s lead to 6-3, forcing Nevada to bring Kali Sargent on in relief in the circle. The shot was Pearson’s first home run of the season.

With a runner on first and no outs, Boise State brought on Kelsey Broadus in the circle for the save attempt. Nevada would load the bases with only one out, but Haley Burda hit a ground ball to Cervantes for the out at second, allowing only one run to score.

Broadus would finish the game allowing three hits in 3.0 innings of action, and improved to 10-6 on the season, the first time she’s reached double-digit wins.

Boise State will look to close the series with a sweep in Sunday’s finale, with first pitch set for 1 p.m. MT.

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