Broncos Fall Twice Sunday

March 5, 2017

NAMPA, Idaho - Boise State dropped a pair of decisions Sunday, falling 16-1 in five innings to CSUN in a continuation of Saturday's suspended contest, and 6-5 in a heartbreaker to Weber State. With the scheduled final game of the weekend against Santa Clara canceled due to travel curfew, Boise State finished the Springhill Suites Invitational 1-3.

Boise State (12-5) heads to Southern California this Friday-Sunday for its final non-conference weekend, heading to the LMU Tournament where the Broncos will face North Dakota, host LMU, Bryant, Quinnipiac and Hartford.

CSUN 16, Boise State 1 (5): Sunday began with the Broncos and Matadors continuing their suspended contest from Saturday. Trailing 9-0 in the top of the fifth with two CSUN runners on base at the time the game was suspended due to darkness, the resumption didn't go any better for the Broncos as CSUN's Taylor Glover sent Paige Reimann's first pitch of the day over the fence in right-center for a three-run shot. Jessica Alexander followed with a solo shot to left to make it 13-0 Matadors. CSUN would end up sending 14 batters to the plate in the frame, scoring nine runs and leading 16-0 by the time Mackenzie McGill struck out Jessica Rothanzl to end the frame.

Rebekah Cervantes drove in Kaitlyn Shreves with a two-out single in the bottom half of the fifth to provide Boise State's lone run in the contest.

For the contest, Alexander drove in five runs, with her second-inning grand slam Saturday opening the hole the Broncos found themselves in, while Taylor Glover was also 3-for-4, driving in three runs of her own. Starter Taylor Troost improved to 4-2 by giving up just an unearned run on six hits, while for the Broncos Christina Washington took the loss, giving up five runs (one earned) over the first two innings.

Weber State 6, Boise State 5: The Broncos fought back from two deficits in Sunday's contest against Weber State to take a 5-4 lead into the seventh inning, but the Wildcats got a two-out, two-run double from Takesha Saltern to send Boise State to a 6-5 defeat.

Christina Washington came on for the Broncos with one out and a runner on first in the top of the seventh, and after a single from McKinley Brinkerhoff, got Riana Splinter to ground into a fielder's choice with KyRae Kogianes forced out at third base. One out away from the win, the Broncos were brokenhearted as Saltern went the opposite way, lining a double over Kora Wade in left field to score both runners.

The Broncos got a two-out single from Cassidy Edwards in the bottom half of the seventh, but Shaelee Pearson popped up a bunt to third to end the game.

Washington took the loss to fall to 6-3 on the year. Bronco starter Kelsey Broadus went three and two-thirds innings, allowing four runs (one earned) on three hits and six walks, while in relief, Veronica Lynch gave up a run on two hits over two and two-thirds innings.

Weber State's winning hit was its second two-out double of the game, as the Wildcats took advantage of a one-out error in the fourth to post three runs and take a 4-2 lead. Makenzie Sullivan failed to come up with Tatiana Sorokina's throw to first on Saltern's routine grounder, and Landi Hawker followed with a hard grounder back to Broadus, who made the stop but had her throw home come too late to get Brinkerhoff. An out and a walk later, Sara Hingsberger plated Saltern and Hawker with a bases-loaded double to left-center.

Boise State answered right away, however, getting three runs in the bottom of the fourth to re-take the lead at 5-4. After singles from Bri Ambrose, Cassidy Edwards and Tatiana Sorokina loaded the bases with just one out, Ambrose came home on Izzy Serrano's groundout to second. Rebekah Cervantes walked to reload the bases, and Sullivan came through with a line-drive single to left-center that brought in Edwards and Sorokina with the tying and go-ahead runs.

Edwards led the Broncos with three hits in the contest while Ambrose went 2-for-4. For Weber State, Saltern and Hingsberger each drove in a pair of runs. Kirtlyn Bohling got the win in relief, giving up three hits over three-and-a-third innings of scoreless relief. Starter Tatiana Su'esu'e gave up five runs (three earned) on seven hits over the first three and two-thirds innings.

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