LAS VEGAS, Nev. - The Boise State softball team suffered its first run-rule loss on Thursday at Eller Media Stadium in Las Vegas, Nev. UNLV downed the Broncos 11-3 with the help of six runs in the bottom of the fifth. It was the Broncos (1-5) fourth straight loss and their first loss of the season by more than one-run.
The Rebels jumped out to an early lead with runs in each of the three frames, including three in the second inning. Down 4-0, the Broncos offense started to show life in the top of the third when Allie Crump led off with a single and was later plated on an RBI-single by Laeha Hill. A UNLV homer pushed the lead back to four runs in the bottom half of the inning.
The Broncos scored a pair of runs in the fourth and collected five hits in the inning. Vanessa Alvarez smashed her second double of the season off the wall in left center to put two Broncos in scoring position. Lela Work then blooped a single into right field to cut the lead to 5-2. Holly Bourke continued the Broncos hit streak with a double down the left field line that plated another run for the Broncos. The rally ended there and the Broncos were blanked in the top half of the fifth.
The Bronco pitchers couldn't find a way to slow down the Rebels lineup in the fifth as they scored six runs to push the lead to the decisive 11-3.
The Broncos return to action tomorrow at 10 a.m. (MT) when they take on Indiana and will play Long Beach State at 12:15 p.m. (MT).