CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. On a scarce rainy day in the Palm Desert of California, the Boise State softball team picked up its first victory in program history with an 8-4 win over Fordham. Fordham (2-1) was fresh off a 5-2 win over WAC-rival No. 12 Fresno State on Friday night. A combination of dominant pitching and timely RBI led Boise State (1-2) to the win.
The Rams were the first to jump on the board with an RBI single from Samantha Pellechio. The Broncos responded in the bottom of the second with a run of their own. The bases were loaded with two outs when freshman Megan Suitos dropped a blooper down the left field line to knot the game at 1-1. The seesaw battle continued with the Rams picking up another run in the third with a solo shot to the power alley in left-center by Jocelyn Dearborn (2-for-4, two RBI), putting the Rams back on top by one run.
The seesaw battle continued in the bottom of the fourth. Freshman Allie Crump (1-for-3, two runs scored) led off with a single into left. She was followed immediately by junior Kathy Cox (2-for-3, two RBI), who belted her first home run of the year to give the Broncos their first lead of the night, 3-2. The Rams tied it back up at 3-3 with another run in the top of the fifth.
Boise State blew it open in the bottom half of the fifth with a three-run inning. Freshman Christina Capobianco stayed hot with an RBI double off the wall in center field that gave the Broncos a 4-3 lead, which they would never relinquish. The Broncos would load the bases on one of two Fordham errors in the inning. Freshman Ashleigh Viers-Gordillo picked up her first career hit in a big spot with a two-RBI single into shallow right field, boosting the lead to 6-3.
“The girls knew what they were capable of and today they truly believed it, which led to us going out and getting the win,” said head coach Erin Thorpe.
The lead was more than enough for freshman Aubray Zell (1-1), who earned the complete-game win. Zell was dominant in the circle with a team-high six strikeouts through her seven innings of work, giving up only three earned runs.
“Aubray dominated for us tonight. Her pitches were moving and she was hitting her spot,” said Thorpe. “We couldn’t have asked for anything more from her today.”
Capobianco picked up another RBI as the Broncos put up two more insurance runs in the sixth to secure the victory. Boise State will meet Wisconsin tomorrow in their final game of the Cathedral City Kickoff at 9 a.m. (PT). Today’s game against No. 17 Cal was cancelled due to the weather and poor field conditions.