April 10, 2015
BOISE, Idaho - With one swing of the bat, junior Izzy Serrano put Boise State's 16-game slide into the rear-view mirror Friday, smacking a game-winning, two-run double as the Broncos walked off with a 5-4 victory over Nevada at Dona Larsen Park.
The Broncos (9-31, 1-9 MW) will go for the series win Saturday as first pitch against the Wolf Pack (12-27, 2-8 MW) is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. MT.
Serrano's double capped Boise State's second comeback of Friday's contest. The Broncos, trailing 3-1, scored twice in the sixth thanks to a two-out triple from Kayla Clausen followed by an RBI double from Sara Ketelsleger.
Nevada, however, took the lead back right away in the seventh, as Megan Sweet led off the frame with her second solo shot of the contest.
But the Broncos drew the line there on the losing streak. Jordan Kreiger led off with a double down the line to right and a batter later pinch-hitter Corey Hendrickson drew a walk to put the winning run aboard. Rachel Rodriguez grounded slowly to third, leaving the only play for Wolf Pack third baseman Alyssa Mendez at first, moving runners to second and third with two out.
Nevada reliever Chase Redington walked Teauna Hughes on four straight pitches, setting the stage for Serrano to line a Redington offering over the head of Gibson in center, easily scoring Kreiger and Hendrickson for the win.
It was Serrano's only hit of the game, but it came at the perfect time. Clausen and Ketelsleger each had two hits and an RBI for the Broncos while Devon Bridges went 1-for-2 with an RBI walk and Kreiger doubled and scored twice.
Rodriguez picked up the win, her fourth of the season, by retiring the only two batters she faced to close out the top of the seventh. Nicole Wilson started the contest for Boise State, allowing three runs on seven hits over 4.1 innings, while Mackenzie McGill allowed just Sweet's go-ahead home run in the seventh over a two-inning outing before being relieved by Rodriguez.
Redington fell to 4-10 with the loss, giving up the two runs in the seventh on two hits with a pair of walks. Starter Megan Dortch went 5.2 innings, allowing three runs on five hits with five walks.
The Broncos loaded the bases with one out in the first, and struck first as Bridges walked to force in Kreiger. But the inning would end abruptly as Bridges was called for interference on the base paths on Hughes' grounder to second, ending the inning.
Jasmine Jenkins homered to left off of Wilson in the third to bring the Wolf Pack even at 1-1, then the following inning Nikki Orozco's RBI double brought in pinch-runner Raquel Martinez to make it 2-1.
Sweet hit the first of her two solo shots in the fifth, a one-out blast that chased Wilson.