Toreros Storm Back, Broncos Drop Finale

RIVERSIDE, Calif.-Boise State softball dropped its finale of the Amy S. Harrison Classic against San Diego 8-6, Sunday in Riverside, Calif. Freshman Sarah Barnes tied the school record with four hits in the loss.

The Toreros (6-5) scored eight runs between the fourth and fifth innings to overcome a five-run deficit and eventually held on for the win.

Barnes singled in a run as part of a two-run first inning for the Broncos (7-7). She then hit a three-run home run in the third inning, putting Boise State ahead 5-0. Barnes finished the game 4-for-4 with four runs driven in. Her hit and RBI totals are career highs and the homer is the second of her career.

Barnes is the second Bronco freshman to record four hits in a game and the second Bronco to have a four-hit game include a home run. Christina Capobianco was the first to accomplish both March 7, 2009, against Northwest Nazarene.

Kenzie Cole started in the circle for the Broncos, not allowing a hit until the third inning. Cole gave up two singles to start the fourth before a one-out home run cut into the Boise State lead. The Toreros got to her in the fourth inning as well as the first four batters singled to tie the score and chase Cole from the game. Cole struck out four, all coming in the first three innings.

She was replaced by Rebecca Patton who got one out before allowing an RBI single to surrender the lead. A walk loaded the bases, but Patton picked up a strikeout for the second out of the fifth inning. Then San Diego's Tatum Schultz doubled to right, sending in two more runs and stretching the lead to 8-5.

Sophomore Lindsey Nicholson recorded her first-career hit with an infield single leading off the sixth inning. Nicholson came around to score and cut the San Diego lead to two and lead a comeback attempt. The Broncos brought the go-ahead run to the plate but a double play and a strikeout ended the threat without another run crossing the plate.

Barnes led off the seventh with her record-tying fourth hit and Rose Saenz singled to put two aboard with nobody out. However, the next three Broncos were retired to end the game. Cole took the loss falling to 2-3.

Devon Bridges drove in two runs for Boise State with a two-hit game. Bridges is on a six-game hitting streak and leads the team in multi-hit games (six) and multi-RBI games (six).

Holly Bourke doubled and scored in the first inning. She later walked twice to raise her season total to 10 bases on balls. Makenna Weir reached base the first three times she came to the plate with a pair of walks sandwiching a third-inning double just before Barnes' blast. Weir has a hit in her last six games and has reached base safely in nine straight.

Boise State returns to the diamond Friday through Sunday, for five games at the San Diego Classic I. The Broncos open the tournament Friday at 9 a.m. (PT) against BYU.

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