Hill Lifts Broncos in Wild Win Over Wisconsin

CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. In a back and forth game, the Boise State softball team edged out their second straight victory with a 13-12 win over Wisconsin on Sunday at the Cathedral City Kickoff. Junior Laeha Hill hit a one-out single into right field in the bottom of the seventh to lift the Broncos (2-2) over the Badgers (0-4).

The Broncos and Badgers were tied at 12-12 going into the bottom of the seventh after Wisconsin scored four runs in the top half of the inning. Junior Kelsey Perkins led off with a bunt single and later stole second to advance into scoring position with one out. Junior Laurel Wyatt and freshman Tazz Weatherly both worked full counts into walks to load the bases and set the table for Hill’s game-winning hit.

Wisconsin had fought back from a six-run deficit through the sixth and seventh innings that was built by a seven-run fifth for the Broncos. The inning began with the Badgers clinging to a 6-5 lead. With one out, freshman Lexi Straton doubled to center, bringing in Wyatt and tying the game at 6-6. The Broncos took advantage of back-to-back Badger errors by scoring six straight runs to take the commanding 12-6 lead. Freshman Alex Minten picked up her first base hit and RBI in the inning.

The Broncos took the lead after being down 5-1 in the second inning as the Badgers put up a big four-run inning of their own in the top half of the second. The game saw seven total pitchers with Aubray Zell (2-1) picking up her second win in as many days. Letty Olivetti took the loss for the Badgers but did all she could offensively, going 3-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored.

Boise State was led by the top of its lineup by Hill, going  2-for-4 with one RBI and two runs scored, and Staton, going 2-for-3 with an RBI and three runs scored. Allie Crump, Kathy Cox, Ashleigh Viers-Gordillo and Wyatt each contributed two RBI in the game.

The Broncos will travel back down to southern California in two weeks when they face Long Beach State and San Diego in San Diego, Calif. on Feb. 20 at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. (PT), respectively.



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