Broadus' Gem Clinches Series
April 28, 2018

Final Stats

BOISE, Idaho – Kelsey Broadus was phenomenal in the circle, Boise State’s bats were hot, and the Broncos needed only six innings to down Fresno State 8-0, Saturday at Dona Larsen Park. The win brings Boise State into a tie with the Bulldogs for first place in the Mountain West, and clinched the series for the Blue and Orange. Boise State now owns the tie breaker over Fresno State (29-18, 12-5 MW), as well.

The win improves the Broncos to 34-13 (12-5 MW) on the season, tying the school record for most wins in a season (2012), with at least seven games to left to play this year.

“That’s a huge one for the girls,” Boise State head coach Cindy Ball said. “It was a great feeling and the girls definitely deserve it. They’ve worked hard, and just as much as I’ve gone through that transition (from a 14-win season in 2016), they have too – if not even worse. We’re still keeping our eyes on our goal of playing one pitch at a time.

Broadus struck out eight batters and allowed only four hits in 6.0 innings of action, and struck out the side in the second and fourth innings. The sophomore did not allow a hit until Kaitlyn Jennings led off with a double in the top of the third inning for Fresno State.

“She’s attacking early, and she’s one of the best pitchers in our conference,” Ball said. “When she’s on like that, it gives us a lot of confidence. We can play loose, and she looked really good.”

Fresno State got eight runners on base in the game, but went 0-for-11 at the plate with runners on.

Leading 5-0 entering the bottom of the sixth inning, Boise State scored three runs in the inning for the run-rule victory. Kora Wade and Rebekah Cervantes grounded out to the infield for two leadoff outs, but the Broncos rallied for three, two-out runs.

Jessica McKay walked on a full count, followed by a single from Alison Seng. Justene Molina hit a deep double to right center to score two runs and give Boise State the 7-0 lead. Makenzie Sullivan followed up with a double of her own that bounced off the wall back into play, but gave plenty of time for Molina to score the eighth run, ending the game early.

Molina ended the game 2-for-3 with three runs batted in, while Cervantes and Seng also went 2-for-3. Kora Wade added a stolen base in the fourth inning, giving her 28 on the season – a new single-season high for the junior.

This is Boise State’s first shutout victory in conference play this season.  

“We had a lot of people doing a lot of good things,” Ball said. “We had a lot of people laying down good bunts, playing our game, hitting the gaps. Our pinch hitters came in and got good hits, and we had great base running. That’s our game right there.”

Tomorrow’s game will close out the series, and decide who enters the final two weeks of the season in first place in the Mountain West. Due to weather concerns, the time for Sunday's game has been changed to 11 a.m. MT. 

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