Cervantes Sets Record, Broncos Sweep
April 22, 2018

Final Stats

RENO, Nev. – Boise State (31-13, 10-5 MW) downed Nevada 8-4 in Sunday’s finale to record the sweep at Christina M. Hixson Softball Stadium. The sweep is Boise State’s second of the season over a conference foe, and the first time they’ve recorded multiple conference sweeps in the same season since joining the Mountain West (2012-present).

Junior Rebekah Cervantes set the Boise State record for career doubles in the top of the first inning. With Kora Wade on third, Cervantes sent a shot into right center for her 36th career double, passing Jordan Krieger (2012-15) on the record book. Wade scored from third to give Boise State the 1-0 lead.

Cervantes would add another double in the top of the third to extend her record to 37.

The Broncos would threaten in the bottom of the second inning, however. Makenzie Sullivan drew the leadoff walk, and advanced to third on a fielder’s choice and then a passed ball. With two outs in the inning, Madison Anthony flew out to left field to strand the runner on third and end the inning.

With runners on first and second, and two outs in the top of the third, Justene Molina hit a double into right field, but while trying to extend the play into a triple, Molina was thrown out at third. Only one run scored on the play, and Boise State went to the bottom of the inning with a 2-0 lead.

The Wolf Pack tied the game in the bottom of the third at 2-2. After giving up back-to-back singles, Boise State brought Veronica Lynch on in relief as pitcher. Lynch walked the first batter to load the bases, and a run scored on a fielder’s choice on the next at-bat.

Nevada’s Erika Hansen hit a double into the left field gap with runners on first and second. The first run scored, but the throw from McKay in left field through Cervantes at shortstop reached home in time for the second out. With a runner on third, Boise State turned to Micaela Leal in the circle, who struck out the next batter to end the inning.

The Broncos answered back in the top of the fourth, scoring three runs to take the 5-2 lead. Shaelee Pearson scored from second on a single up the middle from Wade, while Wade and Ashlyn Adams scored on a fly ball into right field that was bobbled for an error with two outs.

Sullivan added to Boise State’s lead with a solo home run in the top of the fifth inning. Sullivan now moves into a tie for third with Kathy Cox (2009-10) on the career record book with 33.

Leal would pitch 4.1 innings in relief for the Broncos, allowing four hits and one earned run. She limited the damage in a bases loaded, one out jam in the bottom of the sixth, allowing only two runs to score.

The win improves Leal to 6-0 on the season, and was her second win of the weekend.

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