Broncos Take Opener At New Mexico
May 11, 2017

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    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Christina Washington tossed a three-hitter and Corey Hendrickson smacked her fifth home run of the season Thursday as Boise State captured the opener at New Mexico, 8-0.

    The Broncos will go for a second-straight series win Friday at 6:30 p.m. in Albuquerque.

    Washington improved the 15-9 on the year while allowing just two hit batswomen in addition to the three Lobo hits. Washington only ran into a spot of trouble in the bottom of the fourth, as New Mexico (20-28, 6-16 MW) loaded the bases with one out and the Broncos ahead, 3-0, but the Bronco senior got Carrie McGarrigle and Lauren Wilmert to each pop up, ending the frame.

    "[Christina] got ahead on her first strikes and they were swinging," said Boise State head coach Cindy Ball. "She had great command today, the ball was moving good with a lot of first-pitch strikes and the defense played very well behind her."

    Hendrickson went 2-for-3 with a double, home run and four RBIs in the contest. She drove in the Broncos' first run of the game on an RBI groundout in the second that scored Cassidy Edwards, then added her solo shot in the sixth to make it 5-0 before lining a two-run double down the left-field line in Boise State's three-run seventh.

    "Morgan and Corey hit very well for us today," Ball said. "It's great to see Corey find her swing again. She was pressing a little bit lately, but now she's playing free. It's always fun to watch her play when she's hitting like that.

    Leading 1-0 in the top of the third, Boise State (28-18, 10-12 MW) got two more as one-out singles from Morgan Lamb and Tatiana Sorokina set up an RBI double from Izzy Serrano and an RBI infield single from Rebekah Cervantes. Cervantes then provided the Broncos' fourth run on an RBI double that scored pinch-runner Bri Ambrose in the fifth before Hendrickson's opposite-field shot made it 5-0 the following inning.

    The Broncos got three more in the seventh, as Hendrickson's two-run double was followed by a sacrifice fly from Kaitlyn Shreves.

    Three more Broncos joined Hendrickson with a pair of hits Thursday, as Cervantes was 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs, Morgan Lamb went 2-for-2 with a double and Edwards finished the day 2-for-3 with two runs scored.

    "I told them today, 'why not, we have nothing to lose.' We'll play it one pitch at a time," Ball said about going for the series win tomorrow. "We had great momentum coming into the weekend. I like how we're playing and the chemistry of the team right now."

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