Broncos Complete Sweep Over Colorado State
May 6, 2018

Final Stats

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The Boise State softball team (37-14, 15-6 MW) took care of business on Sunday, scoring four runs in the seventh inning to defeat Colorado State, 7-2 at Ram Field. This is the third sweep Boise State has recorded in conference play this season, their most in a single season since joining the Mountain West.

In the top of the seventh, Boise State added four runs, scoring on a walk with the bases loaded, a two RBI single from Sullivan, and a wild pitch, all with two outs in the inning.  

“We saw good pitching, solid defense and very timely hitting,” head coach Cindy Ball said. “For us to work on different scenarios as we go into next weekend, bringing Kelsey in, we were definitely looking for a cushion. For our defense to play back and play out-to-out.:

Micaela Leal picked up her eighth win of the season, striking out three and giving up one run in 6.0 innings of work. Kelsey Broadus came on to start the bottom of the seventh inning, giving up a run.

Making her first start of the weekend, Shaelee Pearson proved to make the difference for Boise State. The senior hit a home run that just cleared the left field fence, scoring Alison Seng and Makenzie Sullivan from second and first, respectively. Despite Pearson’s dinger being the only hit on the inning, Boise State was able to jump to a 3-0 lead over the Rams (25-19, 9-12 MW).

Madison Anthony led off with a triple into right field to start the game, but the Broncos were unable to capitalize on the at-bat. The next two batters would not reach first safely, and Anthony would be out at the plate to end the inning.

Colorado State threatened to score in the bottom of the second, placing runners on second and third with two outs. Leal forced a ground out to Anthony at third base to hold Colorado State scoreless.

Outside of Pearson’s home run and the four-run seventh inning, the Broncos struggled at the plate, recording 10 hits, but hit .294 with runners on (5-for-17).

The Rams were able to tack a run on the board in the bottom of the sixth. Corina Gamboa hit a leadoff double and advanced to third on a groundout that went to first base during the next at-bat. Gamboa scored on a single to the shortstop from Madison Kilcrease. Leal was able to get the last batter looking to end the inning.

The Broncos still control their destiny and are in first-place in the Mountain West entering this weekend’s final series against New Mexico. The first game of the series will start Thursday, May 10, at 4 p.m. at Dona Larsen Park.

“We’re feeling pretty good, we give ourselves an hour to celebrate, then it’s back to business,” Ball said. “We’re focused on playing one pitch at a time because New Mexico is a very good team and have done some good things this year. We have to play our game.”

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