Box Score March 4, 2018
ST. GEORGE, Utah - The Boise State softball team closed the Red Desert Classic on a red-hot streak, winning their last three games in only five innings. Boise State (9-7) defeated Montana, 8-0, and Weber State, 9-1, on Sunday for their longest winning streak of the season.
Montana Recap | Montana Box Score
Boise State struck first with five runs in the bottom of the first inning to continue their strong offensive streak from Saturday. Madison Anthony, Kora Wade and Rebekah Cervantes all got on base, setting up a bases loaded situation for Halle Harger. The freshman took advantage, hitting her second grand slam of the season.
Justene Molina followed up with a solo home run two batters later to add to Boise State's lead over the Grizzlies (4-14).
The Broncos coupled their batting power with sensational play from freshman pitcher Gianna Mancha. Mancha struck out five in 5.0 innings, and allowed only five runners on base in the entire game. Mancha recorded her fourth win of the season, and second on the weekend.
With a 7-0 lead in the bottom of the fifth, Isabelle Butler hit a double that brought Alison Seng home from second. The run gave Boise State an 8-0 lead for a run-rule victory.
Weber State Recap | Weber State Box Score
After falling in the regional title game of the NISC to Weber State to end last season, the Broncos go their revenge on Sunday, downing the Wildcats in five innings, 9-1.
The contest started as a defensive battle, as both teams struggled to get runners on base through the first two innings. Cervantes reached first on an error in the first, and Weber State (8-11) got runners on first and second in the second after two strikeouts to start the inning.
It wasn't until the bottom of the third inning that either was able to tack on a run. With the bases loaded and only one out, Weber State was able to score on a fielder's choice single. Broadus was able to get the final batter swinging to end the inning.
Boise State would pull ahead on a two RBI single from Halle Harger in the top of the fourth, but the seven-run fifth inning is where Boise State would separate from the Wildcats. Shaelee Pearson scored from third base on a wild pitch, and Karlee Johnson would do the same. Cervantes would also hit a three run home run. The junior finished the game 2-for-3 with an RBI.
Broadus would pitch her best game of the season, striking out seven in 4.2 innings, before freshman Tori Bivens came in to force the final out of the game.