March 21, 2015
SAN JOSE, Calif. - For the second straight day, San Jose State used a three-run first inning to propel it to a win over Boise State at SJSU Field. The Spartans went on to capture the series with an 8-0, six-inning decision.
The loss is the ninth in a row for the Broncos (8-24, 0-2 MW). They will meet the Spartans (21-11, 2-0 MW) in the final game of the series Sunday at 1 p.m. MT.
Jessie Hufstetler's one-out double in the first put runners on second and third for the Spartans, and an RBI fielder's choice from Sharon-Rena Estrada brought Jessica Madrid in with the opening run. After a strikeout, San Jose State got two-out RBI hits off of Bronco starter Nicole Wilson from Alyssa Martinez and Erin Rodriguez to push the lead to 3-0.
The Broncos threatened in the third, with Makenna Weir reaching on an error and Jordan Kreiger getting a bunt single, with a throwing error by Spartan pitcher Madison Fish moving the runners to second and third with one out. But the situation would not result in runs as Izzy Serrano flied to left and Devon Bridges grounded to short.
The Spartans broke things open with three more in the fourth. Nicole Schultz led it off with a solo homer to left, chasing Wilson, who fell to 1-5 with the loss after giving up four runs on six hits over three innings.
Rachel Rodriguez came into the circle, and after getting the first out of the frame gave up a single to Madrid and an RBI double to Hufstetler. A batter later, Martinez would bring Hufstetler around for the 6-0 lead with a single off of Kreiger at short and into center field.
Hufstetler was a thorn in the Broncos' side again Saturday, going 2-for-3 with the RBI double. Martinez and Madrid each had two hits apiece for San Jose State.
The Broncos got one more opportunity to make a dent, loading the bases in the fifth thanks to Teauna Hughes and Serrano being hit by pitches and an infield hit from Shaelee Pearson. But again, the Broncos would strand the runners as Bridges grounded to second to end the frame.
The Spartans added a run in the fifth on Madrid's sacrifice fly scoring Casey Lester, then ended the game in the sixth as Martinez scored from second on a fielder's choice.
Fish would get the win for the Spartans, upping her record to 11-3, allowing only singles to Serrano, Kreiger and Pearson.