April 14, 2017
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Bronco pitchers Rainey Dyreson and Kelsey Broadus engaged in a good old-fashioned pitching duel with San Jose State's Colette Riggs Friday, but it was Riggs who came out on top as the Spartans scored a series-clinching 1-0 victory at Mission College in Santa Clara.
A fourth-inning bases-loaded walk to Alexandra Luna from Broadus made the difference in the contest. A one-out single from Madison Aurin and a double from Chelsea Jenner led to Broadus coming on in relief of Dyreson, and the bases were loaded as the Bronco freshman plunked Emma Entzminger with her first offering. Broadus recovered to strike out Mackenzie Drake, but issued a walk to Luna to bring in the game's only run.
The teams combined for just four hits on the day, two apiece, as the trio of pitchers controlled the contest from start to finish. Riggs struck out six to improve to 7-3 with the two-hitter, while on Boise State's side, Dyreson fell to 0-2 despite giving up just a run on two hits, two walks and striking out a pair over three and a third. Broadus went the final two and two-thirds innings, striking out three while giving up two hits and three walks.
"I was really proud of Rainey and Kelsey today, although I still want us to eliminate the freebies. They pitched to their defense, and you can't complain about a two-hitter," said Boise State head coach Cindy Ball.
Boise State's best chance came in the sixth, as Karlee Johnson led off the frame with an infield single to short, was bunted to second by Kora Wade and advanced to third on Izzy Serrano's grounder to second. The Broncos couldn't equalize, however, as Riggs got Rebekah Cervantes to ground to second to end the frame.
In the seventh, Makenzie Sullivan was hit by a pitch to lead off, but Riggs got the next three batters out to hold on to the win.
Serrano and Johnson had the only hits for the Broncos Friday, while the Spartans only got the hits from Aurin and Jenner in the fourth.
"We just need to make some adjustments. We need a better approach at the plate and sticking to our plan. We didn't see that today, but that's what we'll focus on ahead of tomorrow," Ball said.