Boise State Falls in Opener
May 19, 2018

Final Stats

SEATTLE, Wash. – The Boise State softball was able to land punches on No. 5 Washington in their opening game of the Seattle Regional, but the Broncos were unable to land the knockout, falling to the Huskies 8-0 in five innings, Friday at Husky Softball Stadium.

The Broncos tied Washington in hits at five apiece, but were unable to capitalize, stranding eight on base and going 1-for-9 (.111) with runners in scoring position. Errors proved costly for the Blue and Orange in the bottom half of innings, as the team’s three all led to opposing runs scoring.

Facing the fifth-ranked team in the country, the Broncos showed no sign of fear to start the game. In the top of the first, Boise State placed two runners in scoring position to threaten the scoreboard early. Alison Seng hit a single up the middle that went right past the pitcher, followed by a walk for Rebekah Cervantes.

With two runners on, Jessica McKay grounded into a fielder’s choice that advanced Cervantes and Seng to second and third, but gave the Broncos two outs. Kora Wade would ground out to third to end the inning.

Washington was able to take a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second, taking advantage of a Bronco error and three walks in the inning from Kelsey Broadus. With the bases loaded and two outs, Ashlyn Adams was able to track down a fly ball to right field to end the inning and limit the damage.

The Bronco’s national leading offense continued to attack freshman pitcher Gabbi Plain in the top of the fourth. The Broncos were able to load the bases on singles from McKay, Makenzie Sullivan and Justene Molina with one out. Morgan Lamb would strikeout as a pinch hitter, while Adams grounded out to end the inning and strand three on base.

The Huskies were finally able to break the game open in the bottom of the fourth, scoring four runs to take the 5-0 lead, capitalizing on errors and walks from Boise State. With a season-high seven walks in the game, Broadus was relieved by Micaela Leal, who was able to force the final ground out to Anthony at third base to end the inning.

Washington was able to put the game away in the bottom of the fifth, scoring three runs to end the game early.

The Broncos now enter an elimination game on Saturday against No. 20/25 Minnesota. First pitch will be at 5:30 p.m. MT on a to be announced network.

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