April 29, 2018
BOISE, Idaho --
Looking to take sole possession of first place in the Mountain West, the Boise State softball dropped a 5-2 contest to Fresno State, Sunday at Dona Larsen Park, and now sit a game back of the Bulldogs in the conference standings. Boise State clinched the series with Saturday's win to own the tiebreaker over Fresno State, but the Broncos no longer control their fate in the conference race.
The Broncos struggled to get consistent hitting in the loss, stranding 10 runners on base and hitting .059 (1-for-17) with runners on base, and .000 (0-for-13) with runners in scoring position.
Boise State stranded a runner on third in both the first and second innings, and finished the game, and only scored runners from scoring position when Ashlyn Adams scored from third on a wild pitch in the top of the third inning. Rebekah Cervantes would tie the game at 2-2 when she scored from second on an error by the second baseman in the same inning.
Neither of Boise State's two runs was earned, as Fresno State committed four errors in the game.
Fresno State took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second on a single to left field which scored Brooke Coates. The Bulldogs went up 2-0 in the top of the third on a home run from Katie Castellon. Fresno State threatened to take a commanding lead in that inning, but Boise State's defense made three consecutive putouts to end the inning. With the bases loaded, and no outs, Fresno State popped out or flew out to left field, right field and first base, and Boise State was able to hold the runner at third on all three outs.
In the top of the fourth, the Bulldogs retook the lead, scoring on a single from Castellon and a bases-loaded walk to Vanessa Hernandez.
Kelsey Broadus would enter the game for the Broncos at that point, retiring the next three Fresno State batters to end the inning and escape the jam. Broadus, after pitching a six-inning shutout the previous day, would allow only one hit and one earned run over the final 3.2 innings, striking out four.
Boise State will return to action, April 4-6, on the road at Colorado State. Boise State is 15-2 on the road this season, winning every Mountain West series away from Boise this year.