LAS VEGAS- Boise State softball lost two games to top-25 opponents Friday, in Las Vegas, at the 2011 Louisville Slugger Desert Classic. The Broncos (1-5) scored six runs in the seventh inning against No. 23 BYU, but it was not enough as the Cougars held on 12-11. Third-ranked Tennessee used three home runs to defeat Boise State 15-1 in five innings.
A six-run seventh inning was not enough for Boise State to come back against No. 23 BYU, Friday, at the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic in Las Vegas. The Broncos fell 12-11 as the teams combined for 13 runs in the final inning.
Boise State (1-4) trailed 3-0 after the first inning and 5-1 after three. The Broncos would eventually tie the game at five in the fifth inning before BYU distanced itself again.
The Cougars (5-3) broke the tie in the fifth, plating one. Then BYU exploded for six runs in the sixth, aided by a Bronco error.
With a daunting task at hand, Boise State strung together enough hits and benefited from an error by BYU to scratch out six runs. Still there were two runners on and two outs when Allie Crump's long fly ball to left field was not quite enough for her second home run of the game.
With the flyout, BYU held on for the win.
Crump took the complete-game loss, her second in as many outings.
Boise State took on No. 3 Tennessee in the nightcap of its Friday doubleheader, the highest ranked opponent in program histroy- and the Lady Volunteers looked the part. Tennessee pounded out 15 hits, including three home runs on its way to winning 15-1 in five innings.
Tennessee broke the game open in the third inning with five runs, including a grand slam to chase starting pitcher Lela Work. The five-run frame made the score 7-0. Boise State would respond in the following inning on a sacrifice fly by junior Tazz Weatherly.
After blanking Tennessee in the fourth, the Broncos could not cut into the lead any further. The game would be put out of reach by Tennessee on the strength of an eight-run fifth inning, as they sent 13 batters to the plate. A three-run home run did the most damage. Tennessee also had a solo home run in the second.
The 15 runs matches the most allowed by Boise State. The trio of round-trippers were the only extra-base hits of the game for the Lady Vols as they picked up 12 singles. Three of those singles came off the bat of leadoff hitter Raven Chavanne, and none left the infield.
Work took the loss, giving up seven runs on nine hits in 2.1 innings. Freshman Morgan Barnes pitched the final 2.2 innings, surrendering six hits and eight runs, only four earned. Each Bronco pitcher struck out three.
Boise State has another doubleheader Saturday, beginning against Cal Poly at 10 a.m. (MT) at Eller Media Stadium on the campus of UNLV. The Mustangs (1-6) suffered the same fate, Friday, as Boise State, losing to BYU and Tennessee. The second game is scheduled to start at 4:45 (MT) against Long Beach State (5-1).
Freshman Mackenzie Whyte recorded her first-career hit against BYU...Junior Kellie Caplan became the all-time leader in games started (111) against Tennessee...Junior Allie Crump homered in her first at-bat against BYU, giving her home runs in back-to-back at-bats...Junior Maghan Yurek and sophomore Megan Harvey each threw out base stealers Friday, the first of the season for Yurek and the first of Harvey's career...Junior Tazz Weatherly is now tied for the career record for sacrifice flies, Weatherly did not have a sacrifice fly before this season.