Feb. 21, 2015
TEMPE, Ariz. - It was a different day but the same results for Boise State Saturday at the Diamond Devil Invitational in Tempe, Ariz. The Broncos had the tying run on base late in the day's opener against New Mexico State but couldn't get it around in a 4-3 loss, and then a close game against No. 15/14 Minnesota got away late in an 8-4 defeat.
Izzy Serrano had three hits and drove in a pair of runs on the day to lead the Broncos, while Devon Bridges and Sara Ketelsleger each had a pair of hits and a double in the late game against Minnesota.
The Broncos (4-10) will close the weekend in Tempe and attempt to snap its six-game skid Sunday morning at 9 a.m. MT against Indiana State.
New Mexico State 4, Boise State 3: For the second straight game Boise State had the tying runner on base late but could not bring it around in a 4-3 loss to New Mexico State.
New Mexico State scored three times with two outs in the bottom half of the fifth to break a 1-1 tie. With a chance to strand Nue Silva on second after a leadoff double, the Broncos could not hold off the Aggies as Emma Adams doubled Silva home with the go-ahead run and Staci Rodriguez followed with a two-run shot to make it 4-1 New Mexico State.
The Broncos answered during their next chance at the plate with a two-out rally of their own. Hailey Torrez and Jordan Kreiger got back-to-back two-out singles, putting runners at the corners for Izzy Serrano. After a wild pitch scored Torrez and moved Kreiger to second, Serrano went back up the box for an RBI single to plate Kreiger and bring the Broncos to within one.
Shaelee Pearson would pinch-run for Kreiger and steal second, but would be stranded there as Kayla Clausen struck out looking to end the frame.
Boise State would go down in order in the seventh to end it, dropping its fifth-straight decision.
Three of Boise State's four hits came in that two-run sixth, with freshman Rachel Rodriguez accounting for the fourth in the fourth inning when the Broncos got their first run. Rodriguez led off the frame with a single and was pinch-run for by Lindsey Nicholson, who stole second, advanced to third on a sacrifice from Torrez and scored on a double steal.
Rodriguez went the distance for the Broncos once again, allowing four runs on seven hits with a strikeout but taking her fourth loss of the campaign.
Staci Rodriguez led New Mexico State with her fifth-inning home run and three RBI, while Makayla McAdams picked up her first win of the season by allowing three runs on just four hits.
No. 15/14 Minnesota 8, Boise State 4: For the second straight day Boise State stayed within range of the No. 15/14 Golden Gophers until a big inning did them in. Saturday, trailing 2-0, the Broncos allowed five runs to Minnesota in the bottom of the fifth to fall into what ended up an insurmountable 7-0 hole.
Minnesota's Sara Groenewegen went 4-for-4 with two home runs and three RBI in the contest, and her second round-tripper of the day, a solo shot, led off the fateful fifth frame. Hannah Granger and Taylor LeMay would single to put two on with one away, setting up a double from Erica Meyer that plated both runs.
Meyer, who went 2-for-2 with three RBI of her own in the game, scored on Sydney Fabian's bunt single as pitcher Mackenzie McGill's throwing error advanced Fabian to third. Tyler Walker would then double to bring Fabian home for the 7-0 Golden Gopher lead.
Boise State had opportunities to strike early on. Devon Bridges doubled in the first and went to third on a one-out single from Sara Ketelsleger. Two batters later Rachel Rodriguez would walk to load the bases but Izzy Serrano grounded into a fielder's choice to shortstop, with the force being made at third to end the inning.
Walker scored on a Groenewegen single in the first and Meyer hit a solo shot in the second to put the Golden Gophers up 2-0 before the Broncos threatened again in the fourth. Makenzie Sullivan led off the top of the frame with a double, and two batters later a single from Serrano again gave the Broncos runners at the corners with one away. But again, the Broncos would squander the chance as Golden Gopher starter Kylie Stober got Makenna Weir to pop out to first then struck out Jordan Kreiger to escape the situation.
Stober struck out seven over 6.2 innings to pick up the win for Minnesota. For the Broncos, McGill fell to 2-3 after giving up seven runs on 11 hits over 4.2 innings. Nicole Wilson allowed a run and struck out a batter over the final 1.2 innings.
Boise State got on the board in the sixth as Serrano plated Sara Ketelsleger with a base hit. After Minnesota got the run back in their half of the sixth, the Broncos would get three runs on a wild play in the seventh to account for the final score. With one out, Lindsey Nicholson singled and Kayla Clausen doubled, putting runners at second and third for Bridges. The Bronco slugger drove in Nicholson with a base hit, and a throwing error from left fielder Paige Palkovich let Clausen score and Bridges get to third. An additional error on the play by LeMay then allowed Bridges to come across.
Bridges and Serrano each had a pair of hits and an RBI for Boise State in the loss, while Sara Ketelsleger went 2-for-4 with a run scored.