Broncos Drop Two Friday

March 13, 2015

FULLERTON, Calif. - Boise State dropped both ends of its first day at the Easton Tournament in Fullerton, falling 11-3 in six innings to Nebraska before being shutout, 3-0, by host Cal State Fullerton.

The Broncos (8-18) wrap up action in Fullerton Saturday against Charleston Southern (11 a.m. MT) and DePaul (1:30 p.m. MT).

Nebraska 11, Boise State 3 (6): Nebraska scored the final eight runs of the game to send Boise State to an 11-3, six-inning loss in Friday's opener at the Easton Tournament in Fullerton, Calif.

The Huskers (10-11) broke open a 3-3 tie with four runs in the fourth, with Cassie McClure's bases-clearing, three-run double doing the bulk of the damage. Nebraska would score twice on bases-loaded walks in the fifth, and once more in the sixth before Alicia Armstrong ended the game with a one-out, RBI single to left, scoring Kat Woolman with the game-ending run.

Boise State, now 8-17 on the year, finishes today's action at 8:30 p.m. MT against host Cal State Fullerton. Freshman Rachel Rodriguez took the loss in the opener, dropping to 3-9 after giving up seven runs (six earned) on eight hits over 4.1 innings. Nicole Wilson tossed the final inning, giving up four runs on three hits and four walks.

Fellow freshman Makenzie Sullivan was the bright spot for the Broncos, getting three of the team's five hits with a 3-for-3 performance. Sullivan hit her team-leading fifth home run, a double, a single and two RBI. Another freshman, Sara Ketelsleger, had an RBI single while senior Jordan Kreiger's double accounted for the fifth Bronco hit.

Sullivan's two-out, two-run blast to left gave the Broncos a 2-0 lead in the top of the first, but Nebraska matched that with Dawna Tyson's towering drive down the line in left in the second.

Nebraska took advantage of an error by Lindsey Nicholson at second to start the third to take a 3-2 lead. Armstrong, who reached second on the error, came around a batter later on a one-out single by Kylee Muir. Boise State answered right away in the top of the fourth, however, on Ketelsleger's two-out single that scored Sullivan, who had led off the frame with a double to the base of the fence in left-center.

The Broncos, though, would strand three runners over their final two at-bats, as McClure, in addition to her 1-for-3, four-RBI day at the plate, picked up her sixth win of the season to improve to 6-2 with a five-innings, five-hit outing in the circle. Muir and Tyson also had two hits and two RBI apiece for the Huskers.

Cal State Fullerton 3, Boise State 0: Missed opportunities and a key error resulted in Boise State dropping its second decision Friday at the Easton Tournament, a 3-0 loss to host Cal State Fullerton.

The Titans (16-12) took advantage of the situation to get out to a 2-0 lead after four, then added a third in the fifth.

The Broncos (8-18) got leadoff doubles in the top halves of the first and third innings, and loaded the bases with two out in the sixth, but could not plate a run on any of the three occasions. The first of those leadoff doubles came from Jordan Kreiger, who went 2-for-3, with Clausen getting the other double to account for Boise State's three hits.

Cal State Fullerton went up 1-0 in the third on Makenzie Sullivan's throwing error. The Bronco freshman couldn't glove Samantha Vandiver's line drive, and in trying to catch Shianne Brannan leaning off of second threw the ball into center field, allowing Brannan to score and Vandiver to get to third.

Courtney Rodriguez led off the fourth with a triple and scored on Melissa Sechrest's one-out single, then in the fifth the Titans, with bases loaded and no one out, had a run forced in when Missy Taukeiaho was hit by a pitch.

The Broncos escaped further damage that inning as starter Nicole Wilson got Rodriguez to fly to left before an unusual sequence resulted in a pair of outs and the end of the frame. Titan batter Sarah Moore grounded to Sara Ketelsleger at first, who threw home to force out Vandiver. Moore was then ruled to have made contact outside of the batter's box, resulting in an out.

Devon Bridges started the Bronco sixth with a walk and was pinch-run for by Kaelie Doyle. Makenzie Sullivan flew out and Shaelee Pearson struck out before Ketelsleger and Makenna Weir drew walks to load up the bases with two away. At this point, Fullerton replaced starter Christina Washington with Desiree Ybarra, who got pinch-hitter Ashley Palmer grounding out to third.

Wilson notched her third complete game of the season despite taking the loss to fall to 1-3. She gave up just three runs (two earned) and struck out a pair.

Vandiver and Delynn Rippy each went 2-for-3 for the Titans, while Sechrest and Taukeiaho had RBIs. Washington improved to 8-3 by allowing just two hits despite seven walks over 5.2 innings. Ybarra worked the final 1.1 innings for her second save of the season.

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