Colorado State Outlasts Broncos In Nine
April 25, 2015
BOISE, Idaho - There were late heroics again at Dona Larsen Park Saturday, but this time it was Colorado State sending Boise State home disappointed as the Rams tied the game in the seventh then scored four times in the ninth inning for an 8-5 win.
The Rams (24-25, 5-12 MW) evened the series with the win, and the teams will play the rubber game Sunday at 11 a.m.
Devon Bridges hit her eighth home run of the season in the bottom of the sixth for the Broncos (11-36, 3-14 MW), giving them a 4-3 lead after having trailed 3-0 earlier. But Colorado State put runners on second and third with one out in the seventh, and Savannah Clark hit a deep sacrifice fly to center to plate Haley David with the equalizer.
The Rams would put together a two-out rally in the ninth, scoring four times beginning with Shae Rodriguez' RBI double to right-center that scored David. Bronco starter Rachel Rodriguez had gotten consecutive fielder's choices after a leadoff single from Taryn Alcarese, but Rodriguez lined a shot into right-center that reached the wall, allowing David to come all the way around from first with the go-ahead run.
Clark next singled into left-center to plate Rodriguez, and after Rodriguez was replaced in the circle with Nicole Wilson, Jaelyn Manzanares sent Wilson's first offering deep to right-center and out for a two-run shot, making it 8-4.
Lindsey Nicholson hit her first home run of the year in the bottom half of the ninth, but that was it for the Broncos. Nicholson performed well for the Broncos off the bench Saturday, going 2-for-2 with a walk.
Rodriguez fell to 4-18 on the year, going 8.2 innings and giving up seven runs. Colorado State overcame a Bronco offensive performance that featured home runs from Nicholson, Bridges and Kayla Clausen among Boise State's six hits. Clausen went 2-for-4, one of two Broncos, along with Nicholson, to get a pair of hits.
Clausen's home run, her fourth of the year, tied the game up at 3-3 in the fifth after some Ram miscues allowed the Broncos back into the game. Izzy Serrano walked and was replaced at first by Ariel Frantz with one out. Makenzie Sullivan's bouncer to short could not be handled by Haley Hutton, putting runners at the corners. With Rodriguez up, the Broncos tried a squeeze, which Rodriguez missed.
However, Frantz spun out of the way of Manzanares' attempted tag at the plate and scored, with Sullivan stealing second. Manzanares then compounded her initial mistake by trying to pick Sullivan off at second after a wide turn, but her throw skipped into a vacant center field, allowing Sullivan to score easily.
The Rams built their 3-0 lead on a Clark groundout that scored Haley Hutton in the first, and another RBI single from Clark in the fifth that scored Rodriguez, who had doubled in Hutton.
Rodriguez led the Rams with a 4-for-4 performances that included two doubles and two RBI, while Clark went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI singles. Haley Hutton and Haley David had two hits and a pair of runs scored apiece.
Logan Losh got the win in relief for Colorado State, moving up to 4-1 on the year. Replacing starter Trinity Harrington with two out in the fifth after Clausen's homer and a walk to Nicholson, Losh gave up just the home runs to Bridges and Nicholson and struck out four over the final 4.1 innings.
Harrington went 4.2 innings for the Rams, allowing three runs (one earned) on just two hits with four strikeouts.
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