March 11, 2017
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Redshirt junior Paige Reimann tossed Bose State's second no-hitter of the season, and fourth in program history, in Saturday's second game against Bryant as Boise State improved to 3-0 at the CSUN/LMU Tournament. The Broncos posted shutouts of co-host LMU (5-0) and the aforementioned Bulldogs (8-0 in five innings).
The Broncos (15-5) finish their trip to Southern California with two more games Sunday, taking on Quinnipiac (9:30 a.m. MT) and Hartford (12 p.m. MT) in Northridge.
Reimann walked a pair in her five-inning no-hitter, also posting the first shutout of her career. The no-hitter is Boise State's second this season, following Christina Washington's 8-0 perfect game against Maryland Eastern Shore back on Feb. 25.
"It was fun. Our defense made awesome plays and the offense swung the bat. I happened to be part of it and it was a fun game to play in," Reimann said of her no-hitter. "It's awesome and feels great. This is such a great team on and off the field. It's a fun team to be a part of, and I'm looking forward to our future games and the rest of this weekend."
Washington tossed her fourth shutout of the season in the opener against LMU, allowing just two hits.
"We really focused on our pitches per inning this weekend, and it paid off. Paige and Christina attacked hitters, got ahead and used their defense in key situations," said Boise State head coach Cindy Ball. "And I'm very happy for Paige getting a no-hitter. It's always big-time to come back to an injury like hers from two years ago. I'm really excited to see her come into her own again."
At the plate, Makenzie Sullivan went deep and walked three times in the win over LMU, while against Bryant, Tatiana Sorokina went 3-for-3 and scored twice, and Kora Wade went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs.
"Sully's hard work is paying off. She stayed in Boise all summer, hit it in the weight room and committed to working out. It's good to see she's staying disciplined in her approach at the plate and I'm thrilled that it is working out for her," Ball noted.
Boise State 5, LMU 0: Makenzie Sullivan's team-leading fifth home run of the season opened the scoring, and starter Christina Washington made quick work of the LMU lineup in a two-hitter as Boise State took the opener, 5-0.
Sullivan's solo shot put the Broncos up 1-0 in the top of the third, and Boise State tacked on a second run in the fourth on Rebekah Cervantes' sacrifice fly which scored pinch-runner Matti Chavez.
Morgan Lamb's RBI groundout brought Izzy Serrano in to make it 3-0 in the sixth, and in the seventh, the Broncos got a pair of insurance runs on Bri Ambrose's two-out, two-run pinch-hit single.
LMU put at least one runner on in each of the first five innings, but Washington, who gave up just two hits along with three walks, worked her way out of any potential trouble each time. She struck out three, and used a double play from her defense to get out of another inning to improve to 8-3 on the season.
Boise State 8, Bryant 0 (5): Paige Reimann threw the first no-hitter of her career while the Boise State offense jumped on Bryant early, scoring four runs in the first inning and cruising to an 8-0 win in five innings.
Reimann issued just two walks in the contest, both to Bryant leadoff batter Haylee Haas. She struck out for to improve to 3-1 on the season.
Each of the first four Bronco batters reached in the bottom of the first, as Tatiana Sorokina, who went 3-for-3 in the contest, tripled to lead things off and scored on Kora Wade's double to left-center. Rebekah Cervantes followed with triple of her own to plate Wade, and Makenzie Sullivan drew a walk then stole second to put runners on second and third. Two batters later, Cassidy Edwards grounded to second, scoring Cervantes, and two batters after that, Karlee Johnson brought Sullivan home with a base hit through the left side to make it 4-0.
"Tatiana starting the game off with a triple didn't hurt. Getting power hitting from our 'rabbits' was good to see," Ball said. "They set the table today and kept the ball on the ground and moved the defense. It triggered our offense and got it going."
The Broncos added a run in the second as Sorokina singled, stole second, and came home on Wade's single to open the frame.
Boise State brought the contest to an early end with three runs in the bottom of the fifth. The frame opened with a walk from Elaina Mayer and a single up the middle from Edwards. Morgan Lamb reached on an error at first base, allowing Mayer to score and Edwards to reach third. Johnson reached on a grounder to third but Edwards was thrown out at the plate for the inning's first out, but on the next at-bat pinch-runner Corey Hendrickson scored from third on Bryant catcher Robyn Ukegawa's error after Johnson swiped second. After Johnson took third on the error, Shaelee Pearson ended the contest by bringing in Johnson with a sacrifice fly.