Broncos Drop Two on Final Day of Kajikawa

TEMPE, Ariz.-Boise State softball dropped a pair of games against top-five opponents Sunday, on the final day of the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz. The Broncos (2-3) fell to No. 5/6 Oregon 9-1 before closing the tournament with a 10-0 loss against No. 4/4 Arizona State.

Ducks Stifle Broncos
Boise State fell behind Oregon quickly and left six runners on base in a 9-1, six-inning loss. Sarah Barnes notched her first multi-hit game and drove in the lone Bronco run in the contest.

Lela Work got the start against the Ducks in the circle. Work tossed the first two innings, surrendering six runs (two earned) on five hits. She struck out three and did not issue a walk, but was tagged for two home runs in Oregon's four-run second inning. Three runs came after a two-out error extended the inning.

The Ducks scored twice in the first inning with an infield single, a Bronco error and a two-run single to center.

Kenzie Cole finished the game on the rubber for Boise State. Cole tossed the final four frames allowing three runs, all via long balls. She allowed six hits, including two home runs, and walked two. Cole has now pitched 11 innings on the season and has retired the side in order in six of them.

Boise State had five hits in the game. Three of them came in the fourth inning when the Broncos pushed their run across. The rally was put together by all newcomers. Freshmen Ashley Palmer and Makenna Weir singled to start the inning. A fielder's choice cut down the lead runner but left Broncos at first and second with just one out for Barnes. The freshman poked a ball through the middle for her second hit of the game and Weir came around to score from second.

Oregon plated two runs in the sixth inning to make the score 9-1 and push the game into run-rule territory.

Sun Devils Shut Down Broncos

Two Arizona State pitchers combined to keep Boise State hitless in a 10-0, six-inning, run-rule victory. It is the fourth time Boise State has been no-hit and the first time since the inaugural 2009 season.

Rebecca Patton started in the circle for the Broncos, allowing six runs (five earned) on 10 hits in her three and one-thirds of an inning. Patton struck out one and walked two. She is now 1-1 on the season.

Patton started opposite Dallas Escobedo at pitcher. Escobedo silenced the Broncos with five perfect innings before handing the ball over to Alexis Cooper in the sixth inning.

Makenna Weir drew a one-out walk in the sixth to give Boise State its first base runner of the game.

Lela Work pitched two innings of relief, allowing four runs on six hits with one walk and a strikeout. Work was chased from the game by a three-run home run one out into the sixth inning that made the score 10-0.

Sarah Barnes moved from her second base spot into the circle. She allowed one hit and walked two in her collegiate pitching debut, but picked up the final two outs of the inning without allowing a run.

Boise State returns to the diamond Feb. 15 at the UTSA Classic in San Antonio, against Rutgers.

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