Broncos Drop Opener To Utah State
May 7, 2015

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BOISE, Idaho - Utah State hit five home runs and scored the final 13 runs of Thursday's series opener against Boise State to capture a 16-3, five-inning victory over the Broncos at Dona Larsen Park.

The win snapped an 11-game losing streak for the Aggies (17-36, 9-13 MW) and sent the Broncos to their 40th loss of the season. Boise State fell to 12-40 overall and 4-18 in Mountain West play with the setback. The teams return to action tomorrow at 4 p.m.

The Broncos, after falling behind 3-0 early, grabbed some momentum by putting up three runs in the bottom of the second to level things. But the bottom came out from underneath Boise State in the fourth as Utah State turned five hits and four walks into six runs to take a 9-3 lead, then added seven more in the fifth to finish it off.

Devin Montgomery, Sarah Vasquez and Jazmin Clark opened the Aggie fourth with singles to load the bases, followed by Utah State going station-to-station with two walks and two singles each driving in a run to make it 7-3.

That spelled the end for Bronco starter Nicole Wilson, who, after reliever Rachel Rodriguez issued bases-loaded walks to the first two batters she faced, finished the day charged with nine runs on 11 hits and three walks to fall to 3-11.

Rodriguez finished the fourth after the bases-loaded walks to Nicole Arata and Brina Buttacavoli, but ran into trouble right away in the fifth. Noelle Johnson's one-out single was followed by back-to-back home runs to right-center by Alleyah Armendariz and Paxton Provost, making it 12-3. After Arata was hit by a pitch and Buttacavoli singled, Arata would score as Montgomery drew a walk on a 3-2 pitch and Bronco catcher Hailey Torrez threw the ball into left field thinking it was a steal situation. Hailey Froton then hit a three-run homer to right-center to account for Utah State's final three runs.

Froton was one of three Aggies, along with Johnson and Armendariz, to homer and drive in three runs on the day. Armendariz and Provost led the Aggies with three hits apiece, while Buttacavoli joined Provost with a home run and two RBI. In all, seven Utah State players had at least two hits in the contest.

Johnson's two-run shot to left in the first gave Utah State a 2-0 lead and the margin got to three with Buttacavoli's solo job leading off the second.

But the Broncos fought back from that deficit, as Torrez' RBI double plated Sara Ketelsleger for Boise State's first run and opened the rally. Kayla Clausen followed with a single to center that scored Torrez, then came home as Teauna Hughes' line-drive base hit to left was muffed by a charging Sarah Vasquez in left.

Clausen, Devon Bridges and Jordan Kreiger paced the Broncos with two hits apiece Thursday, with Clausen adding a double to her RBI single. Torrez and Ketelsleger also added doubles.

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