April 15, 2017
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Boise State dropped its first conference series finale of the season Saturday, as a fourth-inning three-run homer from San Jose State's Madison Aurin lifted the Spartans to a 3-1 win and series sweep over the Broncos.
Both starting pitchers, Christina Washington for the Broncos and Katelyn Linford for the Spartans, rolled through the first three innings, with Washington only allowing one baserunner on an error, and Linford retiring all nine Broncos she faced. The Spartans, however, would break through first, as Cassidy Clark's single and a walk to Georgia Blair set up Aurin's three-run shot to left off of Washington, providing all the runs San Jose State (27-14, 7-5 MW) would need for the day.
Paige Reimann came into the circle for Washington after Aurin's homer, and retired Chelsea Jenner and Emma Entzminger to end the frame. Reimann was strong over the final two and two-thirds innings for Boise State (24-15, 6-9 MW), giving up just one hit and striking out two. Washington fell to 13-7 with the loss, giving up three runs on three hits, all coming in the fourth inning, over three and a third innings of work.
"It's definitely tough [to have the game decided on one swing of the bat] but Christina and Paige did a good job. You can't complain about a four-hitter," said Boise State head coach Cindy Ball. "They definitely compliment each other well, and I love how our whole staff is working together."
Linford picked up her 17th win of the season for the Spartans, allowing just three hits and a run while striking out six from start to finish. She retired 13-straight to open the game before running into trouble in the fifth as the Broncos put runners on first and second with one out after singles from Cassidy Edwards and Tatiana Sorokina. Morgan Lamb sacrificed the runners up a bag to bring up Karlie Johnson with two away, and the Broncos got their run when Edwards scored on Linford's wild pitch. But the Spartan hurler recovered to strike out Johnson and end the Broncos' best chance.
Senior Izzy Serrano beat out a bunt single with two out in the sixth, but she would be Boise State's only baserunner over the final two innings.
Boise State returns home to Dona Larsen Park for next weekend's conference series against San Diego State, beginning with Friday's opener at 4 p.m.
"Reset. we have to get back to basics and look ahead to next weekend," Ball said of preparing for the Aztecs.