April 9, 2016
BOISE, Idaho â€" After scoring 10 runs in Friday's series opener, Boise State's bats were silenced Saturday as the Broncos managed just three hits and two runs in an 8-2 loss to UNLV.
The Broncos (11-28, 3-8 MW) got just two runs off of UNLV starter Morgan Ettinger, and Makenzie Sullivan's grounder through the hole and into right in the fourth along with Corey Hendrickson's home run and an infield hit from Kaelie Doyle in the seventh were the team's only hits of the game.
The teams return to Dona Larsen Park for the rubber game Sunday at noon.
Ettinger improved to 4-2 as she out-dueled Bronco pitchers Mackenzie McGill and Paige Reimann for the first six innings. UNLV opened it up with five runs in the seventh thanks in part to RBI doubles from Francesca Foti and Emily Haslinger, along with an RBI single from Kwyn Cooper.
McGill, who dropped to 3-6 with the loss, gave up three runs on five hits over the first four innings. Reimann worked scoreless fifth and sixth innings before giving up all five runs (four earned) in the seventh. Jenna Bassler came on after the fifth batter of the inning and finished it out.
UNLV (19-21, 3-8 MW) took an early 2-0 lead in the first as Foti drove in Garie Blando with a 1-out single, then two batters later scored on an attempted double steal, touching the plate before the Broncos could run down Alyssa Cordova between first and second.
Foti went 4-for-4 with two RBI to lead the Rebels, coming just a home run short of the cycle. Haslinger also drove in a pair of runs, going 2-for-4 as the Rebels had 11 hits.
The Broncos took advantage of a Rebel error to halve the deficit in the third. Rebel rightfielder Courtney Beavers dropped Sullivan's fly ball to start the inning, with Shaelee Pearson then replacing Sullivan at first after a fielder's choice. Kayla Clausen was hit by a pitch, followed by the runners advancing to second and third on a wild pitch from Ettinger. Tatiana Sorokina then lifted a fly ball deep enough into left field to allow Pearson to tag from third.
UNLV got the run back in the fourth on Jamie Hatch's bases-loaded fielder's choice to left field. Hatch's bloop froze the runners, allowing Sorokina to pick up and fire to third to force out Beavers.