Broncos Fall Short In Finale Against Aztecs
April 23, 2017

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    BOISE, Idaho - Boise State fell behind early in Sunday's series finale against San Diego State, and despite a valiant effort could not complete its comeback, falling 10-6 to the Aztecs.

    The Broncos (25-17) will try to bounce back from the series loss Wednesday as they head to Pocatello for a doubleheader at Idaho State. First pitch for the opener is scheduled for 2 p.m.

    Sunday, the teams each scored thrice in the opening frame, but San Diego State posted three runs in both the second and third innings to take a 9-3 lead which it would not relinquish. Bronco reliever Paige Reimann did well to keep the Broncos in it, coming on for starter Christina Washington with one out in the third inning and giving up just one unearned run on three hits the rest of the way. Washington fell to 14-8 on the year with the loss, being charged with nine runs (eight earned) on 10 hits over two and a third innings.

    "Paige did great, and I thought Christina did, as well. She kept the ball in the infield but we did not play defense behind her like we needed to," said Boise State head coach Cindy Ball. "Paige kept us in the game and got momentum back on our side."

    It was the early damage from the bats of San Diego State's Jenavee Peres and Sydnee Cable that put the Broncos in their early hole. Peres drove in three runs over that nine-run stretch for the Aztecs with an RBI single in the second and a two-run double in the third, while Cable provided RBI singles in the first and third innings.

    Peres finished the day 3-for-4 with three RBIs while Cable was 2-for-4 with a pair of runs driven in. Zaria Meshack set the table well for the Aztecs, going 3-for-5 and scoring thrice.

    The Bronco offense started well, with Izzy Serrano's single to left starting a two-out rally that fueled a three-run burst. Makenzie Sullivan followed with a single, and Morgan Lamb drove in Serrano with a base hit into left. That set up Cassidy Edwards' double to left that plated Sullivan and Lamb to tie things up at 3-3.

    But Meshack helped put the Aztecs up front right away in the second, reaching on an infield single, stealing second and scoring on Katie Byrd's double. Peres drove in Byrd with a single, stole second, and scored on Cable base hit to make it 6-3.

    San Diego State got three more in the third, chasing Washington in the process. After loading the bases with one out, the Aztecs made it 7-3 when Byrd was hit by a pitch, forcing in a run. That brought in Reimann, who, after giving up a two-run double to Peres to up the Aztec lead to 9-3, got Molly Sturdivant to fly to right and Cable to ground to first to get out of the inning.

    Sullivan pulled a run back with a solo blast in the third, her eight of the season. Boise State put runners at the corners with one out in the fourth, with Shaelee Pearson bringing Edwards with an infield single to short to cut the Aztec lead to 10-5, but the rally was cut short when reliever Erica Moreno came on for starter Marissa Moreno and got a line drive from Rebekah Cervantes' which shortstop Shelby Thompson snagged and threw to second to double off Karlee Johnson.

    Boise State got its final run in the fifth on Lamb's RBI single to left. She was one of four Broncos to finish the game with two hits, going 2-for-4 with two RBIs, while Sullivan went 2-for-4 with her solo homer.

    "It felt much better than yesterday, as far as us competing at the plate," Ball said about the offensive performance. "We have to remember that this is a process, we're still building, we still have season left. It's one pitch at a time."

    Romero got the win in relief to move to 8-4 on the season, giving up just one run on four hits over the final three and two-thirds innings. Moreno went three and a third, giving up five runs on seven hits.

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