Broncos Open Series with a Win
April 27, 2018

Final Stats

BOISE, Idaho – It’s become an all too familiar experience for the Boise State softball team. The Broncos rallied in the bottom of the eighth inning to win the 2-1 opener over Fresno State, Friday at Dona Larsen Park. Kora Wade hit a single along the third-base line that was bobbled off of the glove of Schuylar Broussard, giving enough time for Ashyln Adams to spring home from third for the winning run.

The win pulls Boise State within one game of the lead in the Mountain West, and is the first time the Broncos have opened a Mountain West series at home with a win. This is Boise State’s fourth extra-inning win in their last six games.

The Broncos faced two outs with no runners on in the bottom of the eighth inning, before Micaela Leal hit a single up the middle for the team’s first hit of the inning. Adams re-entered to pinch run for Leal, and reached third on a first-pitch single into left field from Madison Anthony, paving the way for Wade’s RBI single.

Clutch pitching kept the Broncos within one run of the Bulldogs throughout the game. Starter Gianna Mancha faced a bases loaded, one out situation in the top of the first inning, but forced pop fly to first base, and struck out the final batter swinging to keep the game scoreless.

Micaela Leal escaped a bases loaded jam of her own in the bottom of the seventh, to keep the game tied at 1-1. With runners on first and second, Leal came on in relief, striking out the first batter she faced. On the next at-bat, she struck the batter to load the bases. The sophomore needed only four pitchers to down the final batter looking to end the inning.

In all, Fresno State left 11 runners on base in the game. Leal and Mancha combined for only five hits and one earned run in 8.0 innings of action. Leal got the win, improving her to 8-0 on the season.

Boise State continually made clutch plays on defense to keep the game close. In the top of the fifth, Rachel Minogue hit a double to center field, giving time for Fresno State’s Hayleigh Galvan to round third. The throw from Wade to Makenzie Sullivan at home plate was in time thanks to the relay from Justene Molina at second, recording the third out in the inning and keep the Bulldogs from taking a 2-1 lead.

In the top of the sixth, Fresno State’s Brooke Coates went to steal second, but the throw from home to Molina at second was in time to record the third out and end the inning.

Jessica McKay would have possibly the greatest play of them all, however. With the bases loaded and two outs, Fresno State’s Kaitlyn Jennings sent a line drive to the left field fence. McKay would sprint to the warning track to haul in the ball on the run, ending the inning and holding Fresno State to only one run in the game.

Anthony opened up the game with a score for the Broncos in the bottom of the first inning, scoring from third on an RBI sacrifice fly to center field from Rebekah Cervantes.

The series will continue tomorrow with first pitch scheduled for 4 p.m. MT at Dona Larsen Park. Boise State is seeking their first Mountain West series win at home this season.

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