Broncos Finish Sweep Of Lobos
May 13, 2017

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    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Boise State completed its first Mountain West series sweep in three years Saturday, finishing the job at New Mexico with a 4-1 win.

    The Broncos close the regular season at 30-18 and 12-12 in Mountain West play. It is the fourth 30-win campaign in the program's nine-year history and the 12 conference wins are the most for the team since going 14-10 in 2014. Boise State will continue the 2017 campaign in the Postseason National Invitational Softball Championship, with the full announcement of regional sites, game times and opponents scheduled for Sunday.

    "There's been a lot of hard work that goes into this, its a big milestone. It's very big for our program altogether," said Boise State head coach Cindy Ball about the team reaching the 30-win mark. "This team has been working hard and together to set goals and accomplish them. This has been a great year and we're excited to continue it."

    Just as with Friday's contest, the teams were scoreless through the first three innings before the Broncos took advantage of Lobo miscues to get on the board in the fourth. New Mexico starter Tess McPherson got two quick outs to open the frame before Cassidy Edwards singled then beat out an attempted force play at second on Corey Hendrickson's grounder. After Kora Wade reached on a bunt single to load the bases, Lobo second baseman Kasey Halleen's throw to first on Karlee Johnson's grounder was off the mark, allowing Edwards and Hendrickson to score and make it 2-0. Johnson would then get hung up between first and second on an attempted double steal, but stayed in the rundown long enough to allow Wade to score from third before Johnson was tagged out.

    New Mexico (20-30, 6-18 MW) got a run back in its half of the fifth as a two-out double from Jasmine Casados plated Michala Erickson, who had led off the inning with a single off of Bronco starter Christina Washington. It would be the only run allowed by Washington in the contest, as she scattered six hits to pick up her second win of the weekend and improve to 16-9. Her performance capped a strong weekend in the circle by the Bronco staff, as Washington, Paige Reimann and Kelsey Broadus combined to hold New Mexico to just one run in the series.

    "Christina kept us in the game the entire way, and that helped take pressure off the offense," said Ball. "Our staff threw awesome this weekend. They did very well, kept the walks down, got ahead and pitched to our defense. They did a good job of sticking to the plan and executing."

    For the Lobos, McPherson fell to 8-14 after giving up four runs (two earned) on seven hits with three strikeouts.

    Boise State added a run in the sixth on Makenzie Sullivan's solo homer, her ninth of the season. Sullivan was one of five Broncos with one hit Saturday, while Edwards led the team with a 2-for-3 effort.

    Broadus picked up her fifth save of the season with a scoreless seventh inning, striking out a pair of batters.

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