Feb. 7, 2015
DENTON, Texas - For the second straight day, Boise State split its doubleheader at the North Texas Invitational in Denton, Texas. The Broncos opened Saturday with a 6-1 win over Texas Southern before dropping a 14-4 decision in five innings to host North Texas in the afternoon.
Big innings went both ways for Bronco fortunes Saturday, as a four-run seventh in the opener iced the win over Texas Southern, while a 12-run first inning for North Texas in the afternoon put Boise State in too deep a hole.
Sarah Barnes was the morning star for the Broncos, picking up her first-career win in her first-career start, going 4.2 innings and giving up just one run on five hits while striking out six. Barnes also helped her own cause at the plate, going 2-for-3 with two RBI and a pair of stolen bases.
Devon Bridges and Makenzie Sullivan each hit their first home run of the season Saturday, with Bridges also driving in three runs on the day.
Boise State (2-2) concludes the weekend Sunday at 10 a.m. MT with a rematch against North Texas.
Boise State 6, Texas Southern 1: The Broncos broke open a one-run game in the top of the seventh, scoring four times to put away Texas Southern for a 6-1 win to open the day.
Pinch hitter Izzy Serrano singled to lead off the frame before being replaced as a pinch runner by Clausen, who promptly stole second base then scored an insurance run on Barnes' single up the middle. Barnes would steal second, and two batters later Teauna Hughes would lift a fly ball to left that was overrun by Texas Southern left fielder Krystalani Yockman, allowing Barnes to score. Bridges provided the final runs on the next pitch, driving an offering to left for a two-run homer, her first of the season.
Barnes, who went 2-for-3 at the plate with two RBI and a pair of stolen bases, also made her first-career start, striking out six and allowing just one run on five hits over 4.2 innings to pick up the first win of her career. The lone run against her came on Thomasina Garcia's fourth-inning solo home run.
Wilson worked the final 2.1 innings to pick up her first save. Wilson came on for Barnes with two outs in the fifth, as Texas Southern had runners on first and second with Brianna Parker ahead in the count at 2-0. A few pitches later Wilson would get Parker to line out to second, preserving the one-run Bronco lead.
Hailey Torrez, the only other Bronco alongside Barnes with two hits in the morning, started a two-out rally in the second with a double, and would come around for Boise State's first run on Makenna Weir's double to left-center. Weir would come in as Barnes' grounder to short was booted for the first of two errors in the game by Texas Southern.
North Texas 14, Boise State 4 (5): For the second time in three games Boise State fell victim to a big first inning, as three walks and two key errors helped lead to the Broncos falling behind 12 runs to North Texas before coming to bat.
After No. 2 batter Spencer Farrell grounded to first for an out, the Mean Green would send 11 batters to the plate before making their second out of the inning. That run began when Bronco starter Mackenzie McGill would walked Karly Williams after getting Farrell to ground out, putting runners at first and second for the Mean Green. Taylor Schoblocher singled to load the bases then Danielle Hoff singled into right-center to bring home the first two Mean Green runs. Kat Strunk would then single in Schoblocher to make it 3-0.
The first error on the Broncos would come in the next at-bat, when second baseman Jordan Kreiger dropped Sara Ketelsleger's throw after a groundball from Mallory Land, allowing Strunk to slide in safely at second. Bryana Wade singled to load the bases followed by Jami Schkade's single through the left side which plated Strunk.
At this point, Nicole Wilson came on in relief of McGill as the top of the Mean Green lineup came back around to bat. McGill would take her first loss of the season, falling to 1-1 after lasting just a third of an inning, giving up eight runs (four earned) on five hits and a pair of walks.
The second critical error of the inning then came on Wilson's first batter, Kelli Schkade, and on another botched fielder's choice. Ketelsleger, after fielding Schkade's grounder, threw wide of Hailey Torrez in an attempt to get the force at home, allowing Land and Wade to score, and the Schkades to move to third and second, respectively.
After Ferrell drew a walk, Williams drove in the Schkades with a single to right-center, and Schoblocher capped the scoring for the inning with a three-run homer. Schoblocher would add a solo shot in the third, and drove in a game-high four runs.
The Broncos pulled back a pair of runs in the second as Sullivan blasted a home run to left which also scored Torrez. In the fifth, needing five runs to keep the game going, the Broncos managed just two, as Kayla Clausen plated Lindsey Nicholson with a pinch-hit double, then came around to score on a single from Bridges.