A Bridges Too Far For Colorado State
April 24, 2015

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BOISE, Idaho - With apologies to Alec Guinness and George Lucas, in one moment, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in joy and were suddenly raucous, a seventh-inning, bases-loaded laser off the bat of Devon Bridges cleared the right-centerfield fence at Dona Larsen Park, giving Boise State a 6-5 walk-off win over Colorado State.

Bridges' grand slam, her seventh home run of the season and the 50th of her career, finally lifted the Broncos (11-35, 3-13 MW) out of the hole created by a four-run Colorado State first inning and extended her hitting streak to 10 games.

It was her only hit of the game, as she went 1-for-4 with the grand slam off of Colorado State starter Holly Reinke, who fell to 10-17. The homer came after the Broncos had loaded the sacks with walks from Shaelee Pearson and Jordan Kreiger and a single from Sara Ketelsleger. The homer also served as sweet redemption for Bridges, who had ended a two-on, one-out rally in the fifth by bouncing into a 5-3 double play.

Boise State's second walk-off win in the last four games at home also upped pitcher Nicole Wilson's record to 3-9 after the junior battled her way through seven innings, giving up five runs on nine hits with five walks. Wilson overcame the four-run first inning in which she gave up three hits, three walks and hit a batter, allowing just a run on six hits and walking two over the final six frames.

The Rams (23-25, 4-12 MW) opened the game with singles from Haley Hutton and Haley David to put runners on the corners, and Hutton would score the opener as Bronco catcher Hailey Torrez' throw went into center trying to catch David stealing second.

Shae Rodriguez reached on an infield single and a walk to Danielle Wikre loaded the bases, then Bronco starter Nicole Wilson would issue walks to Savannah Clark, Taylor Hutton and Madison Kilcrease to force in three runs and make it 4-0 Colorado State.

The Rams would get just one more run against Wilson the rest of the way as Jaelyn Manzanares hit a solo shot to right, her sixth home run of the season, in the seventh to give Colorado State a 5-2 lead.

Teauna Hughes put the Broncos on the board in the second with her fourth home run of the season, a solo shot to left-center. In the third, Kayla Clausen was hit by a pitch then advanced to second as Manzanares hit her with an errant throw on a pickoff attempt.

Clausen would score on a second Ram error, as Jordan Kreiger singled to right and Ram right fielder Taylor Hutton booted the ball, making it 4-2.

Along with the homers from Bridges and Hughes, Boise State also got a fine performance from Kreiger, who reached base in all four of her plate appearances, going 2-for-2 with a pair of walks. Ketelsleger, Izzy Serrano and Makenzie Sullivan each had a hit to round out Boise State's seven on the day.

Boise State will go for its second series win of the season Saturday as the teams meet at 4 p.m. at Dona Larsen Park.


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