March 6, 2016
SEATTLE, Wash. -- Boise State loaded the bases with two out in the seventh but could not push the tying run across, closing its stay at the Husky Classic with a 5-4 loss Sunday at co-host Seattle University.
Boise State (4-16) will play its first home games of 2016 next weekend as it hosts the Springhill Suites Invitational at Dona Larsen Park. The Broncos play a doubleheader against Idaho State Friday (March 11), with the first game scheduled for 12:30 p.m. The weekend continues with a Saturday game against Montana at 2:30 p.m. followed by a doubleheader Sunday against the Griz with the opener set for 10 a.m.
Sunday at Seattle University, the Broncos loaded the bases with a one-out walk to Corey Hendrickson, followed by Kaitlyn Shreves being hit by a pitch and Kayla Clausen walking with two outs. But the rally ended when Michelle Miller's grounder along the third-base line was knocked down by Kaylee Ree, who touched third to force out pinch-runner Kaelie Doyle.
Hendrickson went 2-for-2 Sunday, with her third home run of the season, a solo shot to right-center, putting the Broncos up 1-0 in the second.
Seattle (7-12) took the lead with three runs in its half of the third. The RedHawks got runners at the corners with one out after back-to-back singles from Ree and Rose Saenz, and a fielder's choice from Maddy Kristjanson, and got on the board when Ree beat second baseman Cassidy Edwards' throw to the plate on a grounder from Isabella Geronimo.
Bronco starter Paige Reimann struck out Molly Campbell for the second out, but couldn't get out of the jam as Krista Shuster-Gonzales hit a two-run double down the line in left to put the RedHawks up 3-1.
Boise State got a run in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings, but could not keep the RedHawks from adding runs of their own in the bottom halves of the fourth and sixth. Shreves hit a two-out double in the fourth and came home on Clausen's single to make it 3-2, but the RedHawks answered in the bottom half on Ree's sacrifice fly to left that scored Breanna Timmons.
The Broncos again pulled to within a run in the fifth as Teauna Hughes drove in Tatiana Sorokina, and after Nicole Wilson held Seattle scoreless in its half, Boise State pulled even with a two-out rally in the sixth.
Miller opened that rally with her first collegiate hit, beating out a small bloop at second base. After getting to second on Sorokina's single, Miller scored the tying run from second on Kora Wade's base hit past a diving Ree at third.
Seattle would have the final response, however, as Sara Dominguez doubled with one out in the sixth and the RedHawks got runners on second and third with one out following Timmons' single to center.
Pinch-runner Erika Rodgers scored from third despite a nice play from Makenzie Sullivan, who made a diving stop of Paige Bouska's grounder. Sullivan had no play at the plate, and Rodgers scored the go-ahead run.
Wilson took the loss for the Broncos, falling to 1-4 after allowing two runs on three hits over three and a third innings of relief. Reimann gave up three runs on six hits over two and two-thirds innings of work.
At the plate, Clausen, Hendrickson and Hughes each had two hits to lead the Broncos.
For Seattle, Ree and Timmons each had a pair of hits while Shuster-Gonzales was 1-for-2 with a pair of RBI. Pitcher Andie Larkins went the distance, allowing four runs (three earned) on 10 hits and striking -out eight to improve to 7-5.
Sunday's game got started after a two-hour, 33-minute rain delay.