Torrez Homers Twice But Broncos Fall
May 8, 2015
BOISE, Idaho - Boise State, down by 10 in the third inning Friday, decided enough was enough and it was time to go down swinging. That's exactly what the Broncos did, as senior Hailey Torrez hit two home runs to spur a spirited but ultimately fruitless comeback attempt as Utah State held on for a series-clinching 10-9 win at Dona Larsen Park.
Torrez became the 18th Bronco to hit a program single-game record two home runs in a game, and drove in four runs in a career-best performance. Junior Kayla Clausen was also a big part of the comeback effort, going 2-for-3 with her fifth home run of the campaign, a double and three RBI.
But Utah State's 10-run third inning held up as the Aggies captured the series to improve to 18-36 overall and 10-13 in Mountain West play. Boise State fell to 12-41 overall and 4-19 in conference action.
The Broncos will conclude the 2015 campaign Saturday against the Aggies. Saturday's contest, set for a 2 p.m. start, is also Senior Day, and the Broncos will honor their five seniors, Torrez, Devon Bridges, Jordan Kreiger, Lindsey Nicholson and team manager Katie Engelbrecht, postgame.
Friday, Torrez kept the Broncos alive with her first two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth, getting the Broncos to within seven at 10-3 and more importantly, preventing the eight-run mercy rule. Her second round-tripper came with one out in the ninth, cutting the deficit to one at 10-9.
But Aggie reliever Noelle Johnson shut the door after the Torrez homer, getting Makenzie Sullivan to ground to third and Teauna Hughes to line out to short to pick up her third save. It also preserved Alleyah Armendariz' second win of the season after the Aggie starter gave up seven runs on seven hits over six innings.
Between Torrez' homers the Broncos posted four runs in the bottom half of the sixth, highlighted by Clausen's three-run shot with two away. Nicholson started the inning with a walk, followed by a one-out single from pinch-hitter Corey Hendrickson. Hughes hit into a fielder's choice at second, but Nicholson took advantage of the slow-developing play to score from second. After Kreiger's infield hit into the hole at short, Clausen launched an Armendariz offering deep and out to left-center to make it 10-7.
But the Bronco comeback was not enough to overcome the Aggie third inning, when Utah State's first nine batters reached safely. The Aggies finished the inning with seven hits, a pair of walks and had four batters hit by a pitch.
The inning began with Amburlyn Orozco being hit by a pitch, advancing to second on a wild pitch from Nicole Wilson then scoring on Hailey Froton's double to left-center. After Jolene Koons bunted aboard and went to second on another wild pitch, she and Froton came around on Noelle Johnson's double to right, making it 3-0 in the Aggies' favor.
It only got worse for the Broncos from there as Paxton Provost hit yet another RBI double after Alleyah Armendariz' walk and Nicole Arata was hit by a pitch to load the bases again. Brina Buttacavoli would single up the middle and Devin Montgomery would be hit by a pitch, each bringing in a run, and the Aggie lead got up to 6-0.
That knocked Wilson out of the game, and with Mackenzie McGill in the circle the Broncos got a quick ray of hope that they could escape without further damage as Sara Ketelsleger snagged a soft line drive off the bat of Orozco and tossed to second in time to double off Buttacavoli. But the momentum wouldn't last long as a wild pitch allowed Arata to score, Froton singled up the middle to score Montgomery, and after the Aggies loaded the bases again Armendariz hit a two-run double to right-center to make it 10-0.
Wilson was charged with eight runs on seven hits over her two-plus innings. McGill, despite holding the Aggies scoreless over the final two innings, was charged with the final two runs of the third and thus took the loss, dropping her to 3-8 on the year.
For Utah State, Armendariz and Froton each went 2-for-4 with two RBI, while Johnson was 2-for-2 and drove in a pair of runs. Koons also finished the day 2-for-4, scoring twice.
Boise State scored once in the bottom half of the third as Izzy Serrano's bases-loaded walk scored Kreiger.
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