LONG BEACH, Calif.-Boise State softball suffered two losses, Sunday, at the final day of the Long Beach Round Robin. The Broncos (1-3) fell 2-0 to Long Beach State (3-0) in the morning game, before losing 4-3 to Loyola Marymount (1-2) in the afternoon.
The Broncos allowed just nine earned runs in the weekend's four games, only five in the first 25 innings.
"We were really happy with the pitching this weekend," said head coach Erin Thorpe. "That is an area we have had room for improvement the last two years, and this weekend they were really strong. Both Allie (Crump) and Aubray (Zell) came out and did a great job, today especially."
Broncos Fall to Long Beach State, 2-0
LONG BEACH, Calif.-A pair of unearned runs was too much for Boise State softball to overcome Sunday against Long Beach State at the Long Beach Round Robin. The Broncos fell 2-0, getting shutout for the second-consecutive game.
Boise State (1-2) moved a runner into scoring position in the third, fifth and sixth innings, but could not break through as LBSU (3-0) blanked the Broncos for the second time in as many games.
Junior Allie Crump took the complete-game loss, allowing just four hits, one walk and no earned runs. Crump struck out four. She held LBSU to 1-of-11 with runners on base, but a third-inning error and a sixth-inning passed ball allowed the 49ers to score an unearned run in each frame.
LBSU scored both runs with two outs, including a double steal of second and home in the sixth inning.
Boise State finishes its opening weekend against Loyola Marymount. The game is in progress, and a recap will be available at its conclusion.
Loyola Marymount Stages Comeback Win Against Boise State
Boise State and Loyola Marymount swapped late-inning heroics in the second game Sunday at the Long Beach Round Robin, with the Lions coming out on top 4-3. The Broncos took a 3-0 lead in the sixth inning, but LMU scored four in the top of the seventh and held on for the win.
Starting pitcher junior Aubray Zell scattered five hits through the first six innings to keep the game tied as Boise State's bats stayed cool.
The Bronco offense came alive in the bottom of the sixth, after 24-consecutive scoreless innings. The first two runs were aided by LMU defensive miscues. A walk, a sacrifice bunt, two errors and a sacrifice fly brought around Mackenzie Whyte and Holly Bourke. Junior Allie Crump capped the inning with Boise State's first home run of the season. More mistakes by LMU put runners on the corners, but the Broncos left them stranded and settled for three runs.
"We need to learn how to produce runs," said Thorpe. "We were getting people in scoring position and not pushing them across."
In the Lions' ensuing turn at the plate, they chased Zell with one out and two on. Sophomore Lela Work hit the first batter she faced as LMU loaded the bases without getting a ball out of the infield. A single and a sacrifice fly scored two runs, but the big blow came on a two-out, two-run double to make it 4-3.
Boise State got a two-out single in the seventh, but could not orchestrate a last-gasp rally.
Work suffered the loss, her first of the season.
Notes: Junior Kellie Caplan recorded Boise State's first multi-hit game of 2011 against LBSU...Sophomore Vanessa Alvarez had her reached-base-safely streak snapped at 19 games against the 49ers...Bronco pitching surrendered no walks for the first time this season and 20th time in program history against LMU.