Bats Erupt in Win Over SUU
March 3, 2018

ST. GEORGE, Utah – The Boise State softball team (7-7) split their two games on Saturday at the Red Desert Classic. The Broncos opened with a loss to Utah Valley, but rallied for a five inning win over Southern Utah.

Utah Valley Recap | Utah Valley Box Score

Despite scoring a run in the top of the first inning, the Broncos lost to Utah Valley (3-6) in the bottom of the seventh to start off Saturday with a loss. With the game tied 3-3 in the middle of the seventh, Boise State brought out sophomore Kelsey Broadus in relief. Broadus walked the first two batters, before forcing the next two out on pop flies in the infield.

With runners on first and second, the Broncos just had to secure one out to send the game to extra innings. The Wolverines’ Skylar Cook hit a ground ball to shortstop, but the throw to first was just off the mark, allowing the runner on second to score for the deciding run.

Boise State finished with 10 hits in the game, their fourth game with double-digit hits this season. Rebekah Cervantes and Alison Seng led the team at the plate, going 2-for-4 and 2-for-3. Errors would be costly for the Broncos, as they would finish with five in the loss.

Southern Utah Recap | Southern Utah Box Score

 The Broncos would rebound in a big way against the Thunderbirds (1-15), jumping to a 5-0 lead in the first frame that they would only build upon. Boise State would defeat Southern Utah 10-1 in five innings

Boise State would work their entire order in the bottom of the first, and Kora Wade started the scoring for when she reached home on an RBI single from Cervantes. Cervantes would score two batters later when McKay hit her third home run of the season to right center field on a two-run shot. Justene Molina and Alison Seng would also score.

The second inning would follow suit, as the Broncos again scored five runs. Cervantes went to steal second, and when the throw went past second base, Wade was able to score from third. Cervantes would score on a single from Harger, and Boise State would add three other runs off errors later in the inning.

Wade was dazzling with her base running, stealing two bases on two attempts.

Despite giving up a home run in the top of the second inning, freshman pitcher Gianna Mancha continued her strong start to the season. Mancha struck out four batters and allowed only two hits, to zero walks, in only 3.0 innings of work for the win. Veronica Lynch was also solid in her 2.0 innings of relief, allowing only one hit on one strikeout.

The Broncos will return to action tomorrow with games against Montana and Weber State.

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