Broncos Fire From All Cylinders, Clinch Series
April 26, 2015

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BOISE, Idaho - Sunday afternoon at Dona Larsen Park couldn't have gone much better for Boise State, as the Broncos got home runs from Jordan Kreiger and Makenzie Sullivan along with a three-hitter from freshman Rachel Rodriguez in a series-clinching 7-1 win over Colorado State.

It's the second series victory of the season for the Broncos (12-36, 4-14 MW) and their second straight at home. Colorado State fell to 24-26 overall and 5-13 in Mountain West play with the loss.

Kreiger and Sullivan each went yard and had two hits with a pair of RBI to lead the Broncos. Kreiger hit her first of the year, a two-run shot, in the second inning to chase Ram starter Holly Reinke from the contest, while Sullivan added her solo shot, her sixth of the campaign, in the third to cap Boise State's scoring.

Reinke fell to 10-18 on the year, giving up six runs (five earned) on five hits and a pair of walks over just an inning-plus. Trinity Harrington went the final five frames for the Rams, giving up her only run on Sullivan's round-tripper.

Meanwhile, in the circle freshman Rachel Rodriguez put together one of her best outings of the season, allowing just three hits and a run while striking out two to pick up her fifth win and eighth complete game. Rodriguez stranded seven Ram baserunners and held them hitless through the opening 3.1 innings before Taylor Hutton's double scored pinch-runner Danni Klein in the fourth.

Boise State jumped all over Colorado State with four runs in its opening time at bat. A leadoff double from Teauna Hughes, a single from Kreiger and a one-out walk to Devon Bridges loaded the bases, and Lindsey Nicholson's walk forced in Hughes with the first run.

RBI singles from Sullivan and Hailey Torrez, who also had a pair of hits Sunday, plated Kreiger and Bridges, respectively, and a wild pitch from Reinke allowed Nicholson to scamper home with the Broncos' fourth run.

Bridges had her 11-game hitting streak snapped in the contest, going 0-for-1 with three walks. However, Sunday marked the redshirt senior's 218th game in a Boise State uniform, eclipsing Holly Bourke's school record for games played (217).

Rodriguez cruised through the Colorado State lineup for much of the contest, and even fielded her position excellently, accounting for a putout and a season-high five assists from the circle. Her glove helped squelch a potential Ram rally in the second after Savannah Clark reached on a two-base error in left field by Shaelee Pearson, snagging a comebacker from Jaelyn Manzanares and catching Clark between second and third to erase a runner in scoring position.

After Taylor Hutton's one-out RBI double in the fourth, Rodriguez came back to retire the next seven Ram batters and 11 of the final 13 to close out the win.

The Broncos make their final road trip of the season next weekend, heading to New Mexico for a three-game set with the Lobos beginning Friday at 5 p.m. MT.


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