Dream Season Ends Against Minnesota
May 19, 2018

Final Stats

SEATTLE, Wash. – A seven-run top of the sixth inning for Minnesota (40-17) would end the Boise State’s softball team’s appearance at the Seattle Regional, as the Broncos fell 7-2 at Husky Softball Stadium on Saturday.

The loss eliminates Boise State (40-16) from the NCAA Tournament, ending their magical season. The Broncos set program records for most wins in a season (40), most conference wins in a season (18), the first conference title in school history, and the first-ever appearance at the NCAA Tournament.

Freshman pitcher Gianna Mancha carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning, but the Golden Gophers were able to score seven runs in the top of the inning to take a 6-2. Sydney Dwyer hit a leadoff double to break up the no-hitter, and from there things would only get worse for the Broncos.

Mancha was pulled after giving up a two-run home run on the next at-bat. Kelsey Broadus would come into the game and forced two consecutive outs, but would put the next three batters on base on either walks or hit by pitches. Kendyl Lindaman would hit a ground ball that bounced off the infield and struck Molina in the head, bringing three runs in. A triple and an error would score two additional runs.

Neither team was able to record a hit through the first four innings of the game. Despite the cold bats from both teams, Boise State was able to score in the bottom of the fourth to take a 1-0 lead. Alison Seng reached first on an error, and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt from Rebekah Cervantes and a groundout from Morgan Lamb.

With two outs in the inning, Jessica McKay hit a ground ball that was bobbled by the shortstop, giving her and Seng enough time to advance safely. The run by Seng was Boise State’s first run scored at an NCAA Tournament.

The Broncos would add a second run, this time from Kora Wade scoring on a single from Madison Anthony in the bottom of the fifth.

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