STOCKTON, Calif. — Sacramento State had an early 2-1 lead, but Boise State scored the game's final three runs on the way to a 5-2 victory over the Hornets in the first round of the Louisville Slugger Softball Tournament at Bill Simoni Field.
With the loss, the Hornets, who will play five times at the three-day tournament, fell to 8-8 overall. Boise State, which is receiving votes in the NFCA top 25 poll, won its 14th consecutive game while improving to 15-2.
Sacramento State will play tomorrow against Boise State (12:15 p.m.) and tournament Pacific (4:45 p.m.), before concluding the tournament on Sunday with two more games.
The Hornets had just runs and five hits against Boise State starter Gianna Mancha, who walked none and faced just five batters over the minimum in a complete-game effort. Mancha, who threw 73 pitches to get the victory, improved to 7-1 this season. Hornet right-hander Savanna Corr (6-5) was effective, but got the loss, allowing seven hits and five runs (three earned) with five strikeouts in six innings.
Sacramento State scored both its runs in the second inning, which gave the team a 2-1 lead after the Broncos scored in the first. In that second inning, Krystal Aubert clubbed her team-high fifth home run of the season, a solo shot to lead off the frame. Later in the inning, Alondra Mejia's two-out, RBI-single up the middle drove home Shea Graves, who had singled after Aubert's blast. However, Sacramento State would not get another runner past second base the remainder of the game against Mancha.
Boise State took the lead for good in the third inning after Ashlyn Adams' two-out, two-run triple scored both Alison Seng and Kora Wade. The Broncos tacked on two insurance runs when a Sacramento State error led to a pair of unearned runs.
Katie Vretzos was the only Hornet with a multiple-hit game as the sophomore finished 2-for-3. Aubert, Graves and Mejia had the other hits. Senior Nene Alas was 0-for-2 with a stolen base, and saw her career-best nine-game hitting streak come to a close.
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