Serrano Walks It Off On Senior Day
May 7, 2017

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    BOISE, Idaho - Izzy Serrano, one of just two four-year seniors on the Boise State roster, fittingly ended her home career at Dona Larsen Park Sunday with a walk-off, two-run homer to give Boise State the series victory over Nevada, 7-5, in eight innings.

    Serrano shined in the Broncos' home finale, going 3-for-4 with the homer, three RBIs and two runs scored. For Serrano, the walk-off shot was just her fourth-career homer, and the first hit at Dona Larsen Park. Fellow fourth-year senior Mackenzie McGill was also strong, giving up just a run with two strikeouts over the first two-plus innings in her first start of the season.

    "I was really trying to focus on where my feet were. It felt great coming off the bat, I was just wishing it had come earlier in the game but it really felt good," Serrano said about her game-winning homer. "It feels awesome, especially just how the team fought back the inning before to tie it up. It honestly felt like perfect timing, perfect place."

    And it was two more seniors, Cassidy Edwards and Corey Hendrickson, who set up Serrano's heroics with some of their own. With the Broncos trailing, 5-4, with two out in the bottom of the seventh, Edwards kept the game alive with a bouncing single up the middle and scored the tying run on Hendrickson's two-out, RBI double.

    After Kelsey Broadus held the Wolf Pack (27-21, 12-9 MW) in check in the top of the eighth, the Broncos (27-18, 9-12 MW) needed just three batters to end it in their half, as Serrano's home run followed Tatiana Sorokina's one-out single off of Nevada's Kari Sargent. Sargent would fall to 8-8 with the loss, giving up three runs on five hits.

    "We knew we had to lead our team, and this was our last chance to do it at home so we all really stepped up and made it come together," Serrano said about the seniors' contributions to the victory.

    "The contributions today couldn't have come at a better time from our seniors, so it was great to see," said Boise State head coach Cindy Ball. "I really liked to see our team's fight, you could definitely see that they wanted to win for their seniors."

    Broadus picked up the win to improve to 6-1 on the year despite surrendering a 4-2 lead in the seventh as Nevada scored three times with a pair of two-out extra-base hits. Pinch-hitter Sadaria McAlister opened the inning with an infield hit, followed two batters later by a walk from Erika Hansen. Kenzi Goins then doubled to right-center, scoring McAlister while Hansen came across on an errant throw home by Bronco second baseman Karlee Johnson. Goins would then score the go-ahead run on Aaliyah Gibson's triple, a ball that went off the glove of a reaching Rebekah Cervantes at short and wrong-footed Edwards in center.

    Broadus would end up giving up three runs (one earned) on four hits over the final three innings. Washington came on in relief for McGill one batter into the third inning and gave up just a solo home run from Raquel Martinez in the fifth while striking out three.

    The Broncos came back from a one-run hole in the second, beginning with Hendrickson reaching on a two-base error and scoring on Kora Wade's single up the middle off of Nevada starter McKenna Isenberg. After Shaelee Pearson's single brought Wade to third, Wade came in as Pearson was caught in a rundown trying to steal second to put the Broncos up 2-1. Wade would finish the day 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.

    Boise State added a run in each of the third and fourth innings. In the third, Serrano reached by being hit by a pitch, and Cervantes singled to put two on. Two batters later, Edwards, who went 2-for-4 on the day, drove in Serrano with a two-out single up the middle. An inning later, Serrano added a bases-loaded single to score Tatiana Sorokina and up the Bronco advantage to 4-1.

    Isenberg would end up giving up four runs (two earned) on eight hits over the opening four innings.

    Boise State closes the 2017 regular season with a three-game series next Thursday-Saturday (May 11-13) at New Mexico. The series opener is scheduled for 5 p.m. MT Thursday.


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