April 2, 2017
BOISE, Idaho - Freshman Kelsey Broadus struck out 10 Utah State batters and the Broncos scored twice in the sixth to break a tied game and avoid a sweep with a 4-2 victory over Utah State Sunday.
Junior Cassidy Edwards delivered a one-out single to left in the sixth that scored Izzy Serrano with the go-ahead run, and Kora Wade added an RBI bunt single three batters later to plate Rebekah Cervantes and make it 4-2.
Broadus set the Aggies down in order in the seventh to finish the game and improve to 5-0.
"It's all learning, we're still developing our culture, 'Team 9.' We're still young and I love how we don't give up, we have that attitude and it's going to continue to take less and less time for us to make adjustments," said Boise State head coach Cindy Ball. "And Kelsey is doing a great job. She keeps us in the ballgame, and its good to see what she's come through and the adversity that she's faced, being a leader as a freshman is awesome to see."
Cervantes opened the scoring Sunday with a two-run homer in the first off of Aggie starter Kellie White. Serrano, who went 2-for-3 with a double, started the rally with a one-out single, and Cervantes sent a White offering deep the other way to right to put the Broncos on top.
Broadus worked through some minor jams over the first five innings, stranding at least one Aggie runner in scoring position in each of the third, fourth and fifth innings. In the fourth, Sarina Jaramillo tripled with two away, but Broadus struck out Riley Plogger to end the threat. An inning later, Utah State put runners on first and second with two out, but again Broadus was equal to the task, getting Devan Sperry to line out to center.
"One of our team rules is to keep the same demeanor, and I chose to stay relaxed because I know that my team has my back," Broadus said. "I know that if we start out high, we'll end high. I just had to trust in my team."
The Aggies managed to break through and get to Broadus with two away in the sixth. Jaramillo sent a solo shot out to right to make it 2-1, and after a walk to Plogger, Sydney Hart doubled off the top of the wall in center, driving in Plogger to tie the game at 2-2.
Boise State's rally in the sixth began once again with Serrano, who lashed a double into right-center, followed by Cervantes blooping her second hit of the game into center and advancing to second on the throw home to cut Serrano off at third. After Makenzie Sullivan grounded to third, Edwards sent White's first pitch into left to plate Serrano. Two batters later, Morgan Lamb was hit by a pitch to load the bases, and Wade delivered with a nice bunt up the first base line for an RBI single.
Serrano, Cervantes and Edwards each finished the day 2-for-3 for Boise State, with Serrano scoring twice, while for the Aggies, Jaramillo had two of the team's three hits off of Broadus. White fell to 12-3 on the year for the Aggies (23-8, 6-3 MW), giving up four runs on nine hits.
"I said it before, Izzy is our Tony Gwynn, our quiet thunder," Ball said. "It's great to see her be a senior leader. She's not the loudest person, but she swings a big bat and we love it."
Boise State (22-11, 4-5 MW) heads to Las Vegas next weekend, taking on UNLV in a three-game set beginning Friday at 5 p.m. MT.