Feb. 23, 2017
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Boise State swept Thursday's doubleheader at Charleston Southern Thursday to open the Willie Jewell's Invitational, extending its winning streak to six.
The Broncos (7-2) play two more Friday, taking on Prebyterian at 9 a.m. MT followed by another matchup with Charleston Southern at 11 a.m. MT.
"I'm really impressed with the team and how they put runs together in the first game. It's tough having Corey out of the lineup right now, especially after her performance last weekend," said Boise State head coach Cindy Ball. "We jumped on all three pitchers that came in in the first game. I'm very proud of our hitters for sticking to the plan. I'd like to see us make adjustments faster. We opened it up in the seventh inning, but we need to work at making them quicker in the game. And our defense has been playing lights out.
"We're just going to continue to stick to our plan and compete pitch to pitch. Focus on our win on each pitch and each day, keep it simple and execute what we've been working on," Ball added.
Boise State 10, Charleston Southern 4: The Bronco bats did the damage in the 10-4 victory in Tuesday's opener as five Broncos had at least two hits. Izzy Serrano led the way with three, while Rebekah Cervantes highlighted four Broncos with two hits apiece, going 2-for-2 with her third home run of the season, a double and three RBIs.
"I'm very proud of her. She's constantly making adjustments," Ball said about Cervantes. "We challenged her to open up her game defensively, and I think that's helped her offensively. Teams are definitely pitching around her but I like the approach she's taking in being aggressive in her counts."
Christina Washington went the distance for the fourth time in four starts, improving to 3-1 on the year by giving up just two earned runs out of the four scored by Charleston Southern on eight hits with seven strikeouts.
Cervantes and the Buccaneers' Cheyenne Gandara traded solo homers in the first before the Bronco blew things open with nine runs over the next four innings. That stretch began in the top of the second as Boise State put runners on second and third with two out. Shaelee Pearson poked a two-out, two-run double to left-center to break the tie, while Tatiana Sorokina followed with a double of her own to plate Pearson for the 4-1 lead.
Boise State put up three more in the third, beginning with Cervantes' RBI double to score Serrano, who led off the inning with a single. After a Makenzie Sullivan single, Bri Ambrose plated Cervantes with a groundout, and two batters later Cassidy Edwards' two-out double scored Sullivan to make it 7-1.
The Broncos manufactured a run in the fourth as Sorokina, after a bunt single, went to third on Serrano's bunt single then scored on a sacrifice fly from Cervantes.
The Buccaneers got a pair of runs back in the bottom of the fourth on Mallory Kasinger's two-run homer after the inning was kept alive due to a passed ball on a third strike, but Boise State's Morgan Lamb got them right back in the top of the fifth with a two-run homer.
Boise State 3, Charleston Southern 0: Freshman Kelsey Broadus retired 16-straight Buccaneers from the first inning into the sixth and struck out 13 while tossing a one-hitter in her first shutout as Boise State completed the doubleheader sweep of Charleston Southern, 3-0. The win improved Broadus to 2-0 on the season.
The Buccaneers loaded the bases with one out thanks to a lead-off bunt single, a walk, a sacrifice bunt and a hit batter. Broadus, though, settled in and struck out the next two batters to keep the game scoreless. She set Charleston Southern down in order in each of the next four innings and two batters into the sixth until a pair of two-out walks another hit batter loaded the bases. Once again, though, Broadus got the big strikeout, getting Mallory Kasinger to end the frame.
"Kelsey was dialed in today. There's always things to get better at, such as giving up less freebies. But credit to her hard work and it is well-deserved," Ball said about Broadus' outing. "She was a good matchup for them, they're a good hitting team. I was impressed at how Kelsey kept it under control even when runners got on, and she shut it down."
Boise State opened the scoring with three runs in the third inning, getting a two-out, two-run single from Makenzie Sullivan that plated Izzy Serrano and Tatiana Sorokina, and an RBI single from Kora Wade, which scored Sullivan.
In the seventh, Wade and Karlee Johnson added RBI singles, while a fielder's choice and a Buccaneer error in the infield led to two more Bronco runs, making it 7-0.
Wade went 3-for-4 with two RBIs to lead the Broncos in the second game, while Johnson also had three hits to go with a run batted in.