BOISE, Idaho – The Colorado State Rams split a pair of Mountain West-opening games at Boise State on Friday.
CSU (13-8, 1-1 MW) avenged a 10-3 loss in the first game of the day to beat Boise State (18-6, 1-1) by a 9-4 score in the second half of the doubleheader.
Colorado State – 3
Boise State – 10
The Rams led early in the first game of the day, but a five-run third inning propelled the Broncos toward what became a 10-3 win for the home side to start the weekend.
Haley Hutton got the Rams off to a good start with a leadoff double, and was later sent home via an RBI single by Lauren Buchanan. Kirsten Kauk, who pinch ran for Buchanan, also scored in the opening frame via a passed ball.
Boise State cut CSU’s lead in half in the bottom of the first, but the Rams took their two-run lead back promptly in the top of the second. Hutton earned a bunt single with two outs, then stole second base. Amber Nelson singled to left center to send Hutton home for the second time, giving the Rams a 3-1 edge.
The Broncos flipped the script on the Rams in the third inning, scoring five runs on a pair of home runs to jump ahead 6-3. The Broncos added four more runs in the bottom of the sixth for added insurance, and the Rams only had one hitter get on base over the final three innings.
Colorado State – 9
Boise State – 4
CSU rebounded after the loss in the first game of the series, scoring six runs over the final two innings to beat Boise State, 9-4.
The Rams utilized a four-run sixth inning to blow open what was a 3-3 tie into a four-run advantage. Madison Kilcrease and Haley Hutton led off the inning with singles, and the Rams loaded the bases with only one out. Kilcrease scored after Lauren Buchanan was hit by a pitch, then Hutton scored on a passed ball.
Consecutive singles from Taryn Arcarese and Francesca Olivas drove in another two runs, pushing the CSU lead to 7-3 entering the bottom of the sixth.
After Boise State picked up a run in the bottom of the sixth, CSU scored twice in the top of the seventh to further extend its lead. After Hutton picked up yet another leadoff single, Hannah McCorkhill doubled to send her home and then advanced to third herself on the play at the plate. Arcarese later produced again the plate, collecting a sacrifice fly to center field to send McCorkhill home.
The Broncos led 2-1 through two innings, but the Rams took the lead back in the third. Hutton doubled to lead off the frame, and later scored along with Amber Nelson on a single by Buchanan and a fielding error by the Broncos.
Bridgette Hutton pitched a complete game for the Rams in the circle, allowing three earned runs and six hits over seven innings.
IN THEIR WORDS…
“It’s easy to just roll over in a situation like that (after losing the first game by seven). Boise State played great in that first game and I didn’t think we played that poorly, and I told the girls that. I was really proud of the way we fought. We had some great defensive plays, and Bridgette (Hutton) did a good job of pitching around their big sticks.” – Head Coach Jen Fisher on how her team was able to regroup and win the second game of the doubleheader
“She just loves the game and wants to do well for her team. It was fun to watch her do so well today. She’s such a great triple-threat for us and she was huge today.” – Fisher on the play of Haley Hutton, who scored a combined six runs on the day
- Haley Hutton reached base in 7-of-9 plate appearances on Friday, scoring six times with five hits and a pair of walks.
- Francesca “Chessi” Olivas pinch hit for Bridgette Hutton in the Rams’ win and collected her first collegiate hit – an RBI single.
- Amber Nelson’s 16-game hit streak was snapped, but she did extend her reached base streak to 21 games. In other words, Nelson has reached base in every CSU game this season. Her on base percentage improved to .640 after Friday.
CSU and Boise State will finish their three-game series with a 12 p.m. meeting tomorrow. The game will be streamed live on the Mountain West Network and can be viewed at csurams.com/videos.
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