March 20, 2015
SAN JOSE, Calif. - San Jose State scored three times in the first then blew the game open with four in the third en route to a 9-1, six-inning victory over Boise State in the opener of the weekend series.
The Broncos (8-23, 0-1 MW) and the Spartans (20-11,1-0 MW) face off in the second game of the series Saturday at 1 p.m. MT.
Jessie Hufstetler went 4-for-4 with a pair of doubles and three RBI to lead the Spartans, with the first of those doubles driving in San Jose State's opening runs. Her second double drove in the first run in San Jose State's four-run third.
After Hufstetler's double, Erin Rodriguez walked to load the bases, chasing Bronco starter Mackenzie McGill from the contest. New Bronco pitcher Rachel Rodriguez would be welcomed to the game with a line drive to left from Taylor Purdy that was misplayed by left-fielder Corey Hendrickson. The single and error allowed all three runners to score, putting the Spartans in front, 7-1.
McGill fell to 3-5 with the loss for Boise State, being charged with all seven runs (five earned) on five hits with four walks. Rodriguez went the final three innings for the Broncos, being charged with the final two runs and six hits.
The Spartans got the final two runs to end the game in the sixth on Alyssa Martinez' two-run double to left which scored Sharon-Rene Estrada and Chelsea Jenner.
Boise State led briefly after scoring in the top of the first. Jordan Kreiger led off the game with a walk and stole second base before coming around on San Jose State shortstop Alyssa Martinez' fielding error.
San Jose State would answer with three in its half of the first, keyed by the Hufstetler two-run double. The Broncos, down 3-1, would threaten in the top of the third, loading the bases with none out, but couldn't push a run across. Hailey Torrez lined out to short and pinch-runner Kaelie Doyle was doubled off of second, followed by Lindsey Nicholson grounding out to pitcher Allison Lang for the third out.
Lang would give up just the one unearned run on two hits with four walks over three innings, but due to not going the required amount of innings the win went to Spartan reliever Katelyn Linford, who held the Broncos scoreless with just one hit over the final three frames to improve to 3-3 on the year.
Devon Bridges had two of Boise State's three hits, with freshman Makenzie Sullivan getting the third. Bridges' two hits give her 213 for her career, just three away from tying Tara Glover's all-time school record of 216.