Broncos Blank Lobos, 5-0
May 12, 2017

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    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Boise State capitalized on five New Mexico errors Friday to score a series-clinching 5-0 victory over the Lobos in Albuquerque.

    The Broncos will go for the sweep Saturday as the teams play the regular-season finale at 10 a.m. With a win, Boise State (29-18, 11-12 MW) would collect its first conference sweep since taking three in a row against the Lobos from May 2-4, 2014, as well as the fourth 30-win season in program history.

    "This team has been really focused. The win on Senior Day really brought them together," said Boise State head coach Cindy Ball. "You can see the drive in each individual, and they were determined to get the win today."

    "[Having the chance for a sweep is] huge. This game is all about momentum," Ball continued. "They're pumped, very focused and well aware about the chance for a sweep and getting that 30th win. We're going to play it one pitch at a time and stick together."

    Friday, starting pitchers Paige Reimann for the Broncos and Tess McPherson for the Lobos posted matching zeroes through the first three innings before things unraveled for New Mexico (20-29, 6-17 MW) as three errors led to a pair of Bronco runs in the fourth. McPherson, after getting out of runner-at-third situations in each of the first two innings, allowed a leadoff double to Corey Hendrickson to start the fourth. Hendrickson then swiped third and scored on a throwing error on the play. Kora Wade followed with a base hit to center and took second when D'Andra DeFlora misplayed the ball.

    Two batters later, Morgan Lamb was hit by a pitch to put runners at the corners with one out, followed by a bunt from Tatiana Sorokina that set another wild play in motion. Sorokina's bunt was fielded by third baseman Jasmine Casados, who went home to get the force on Wade, but catcher Chelsea Johnson's throw to first for the attempted double play went into right field, allowing Lamb to score and make it 2-0 Broncos.

    The Broncos added a third run in the fifth, as with two out and runners at the corners they attempted a double steal which resulted in Makenzie Sullivan being rundown between first and second, but not before Rebekah Cervantes scored from third. Boise State then got two more runs in the sixth on New Mexico's fifth error of the game, as Lobo second baseman Kasey Halleen couldn't come up with Cervantes' bases-loaded grounder, allowing Bri Ambrose and Jessica McKay to score.

    "We put our running game on today. Putting the ball in play, utilizing the bunt and slap-and-runs," Ball said. "We put that pressure on them and it worked out in our favor."

    Wade went 3-for-3 for the Broncos in the contest, while Cervantes added a pair of hits. In the circle, Reimann went six innings of three-hit ball with three strikeouts to improve to 6-5 on the year while freshman Kelsey Broadus struck out a pair in a scoreless seventh.

    "Paige pitched very well to her defense and got out of a few key situations with streikouts when we neded them. I love how she kept her demeanor and utilized her defense today," Ball said.

    For New Mexico, McPherson fell to 8-13 with the loss, giving up just one earned out of the five total runs scored by the Broncos over her complete game. Casados, DeFlora and Doris Smith each had a hit for the Lobos.


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