T-Birds Come Up Empty in Home-Opener
Courtesy: SUU Media Relations
Release: 03/26/2013
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CEDAR CITY, Utah, Mar. 26 – Southern Utah (7-22, 1-2 BSC) opened its 2013 home slate with a pair of losses against Boise State (16-17-1) in a doubleheader on Tuesday afternoon. The T-Birds led the first matchup early on but the Broncos rallied to win by a 5-3 final then ran away with the second contest by a score of 12-1 in a run-shortened outing.

SUU put a pair of runs on the board in the third inning of the opener with a two-out RBI double off the bat of senior Mikkel Griffin. Freshman Kelli Hales started the rally with a base hit to centerfield and Kylee Wolf drove a single back up the middle to put runners on first and second. Griffin then put the ball up against the wall in right field to bring in the two runs and give Southern Utah the early lead.

The advantage didn’t last long however as the Broncos came back with four runs in the following frame to double up the score. The inning started with Holly Bourke reaching on an error before the SUU defense recorded back-to-back outs. It appeared that the T-Birds had made the third out after Hales scooped up a ground ball and made a throw in time to get Mackenzie Whyte at first, but she was called safe and the inning went on. In the next at bat Lela Work made the most of the opportunity by blasting a three-run home run to right and Ashley Palmer added a solo shot to stretch the margin to 4-2 as BSU put up four runs in the inning, all of which were unearned.

Southern Utah got a homer from Madison Resley to cut the deficit to one in the bottom half of the frame, but the Broncos added an insurance run in the top of the seventh and eventually held on for the 5-3 victory.

Ariel Zimmerman (4-12) threw her ninth complete game of the season for the Thunderbirds, but took the loss after giving up five unearned runs on seven hits. Work (5-5) was credited with the win while allowing three runs over the first 3.1 innings and Kenzie Cole closed out the game for the Broncos with 3.2 scoreless frames.

“If that call had gone differently we probably win the game 3-1,” commented SUU head coach Kyle Magnusson. “With it and the error we committed we gave them five outs in that inning.”

Boise State took control early on in the second contest, putting up six runs in the first three innings before tacking on six more in the top of the fourth. Makenna Weir and Lindsey Nicholson each contributed home runs during the stretch and Bourke added three more RBI for the visitors. Kadi Henderson would provide Southern Utah’s only score of the game with an RBI double in the bottom half of the frame, but the Bronco’s went on to wrap things up in five by a final tally of 12-1.

Ashley Ostler (1-3) was charged with 12 runs while working all five innings for the T-Birds and Rebecca Patton (8-6) picked up the win after allowing just one score on five hits while pitching 4.0 innings.

SUU got a solid performance from Wolf who went 4-7 and scored a run while batting in the lead off spot and Henderson recorded her team-leading seventeenth RBI of the season. Resley’s home run in the first game was her second this year.

“Kylee has had multiple hits in each of our last few games and is really starting to hit like we expected,” stated Magnusson. “It took her a little bit to adjust, which is something that we are seeing with all of the new kids out of high school and the junior college transfers.”

The Thunderbirds are back the field this weekend as they get set to host Idaho State in their first home games in Big Sky Conference play. SUU will start things off against the Bengals with a doubleheader at noon on Friday then meet ISU in a single game rematch on Saturday in another 12 p.m. contest. Coverage of Southern Utah softball is available on www.suutbirds.com. 
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