SAN DIEGO—Boise State split two games Saturday, at the Campbell/Cartier Classic, defeating co-host San Diego 4-0 and falling to No. 7/9 Washington 7-4, as a late comeback attempt fell short.
Aubray Zell delivered her third shutout of the season to guide the Broncos to victory in the first game of the day against the Toreros. Boise State (6-3) brought the tying run to the plate in each of the last two innings against the Huskies, but could not get the big hit to pull off the upset.
Tara Glover extended her hitting streak to 19 games, providing the biggest hit against San Diego. Christina Capobianco and Mackenzie Whyte each drove in two runs against the Huskies.
Boise State 4 San Diego 0
Zell delivered one of the strongest outings of her career to lead the Broncos to a 4-0 victory against San Diego. She gave up only a pair of singles, did not walk a batter and struck out seven Toreros. Zell (4-1) has not allowed a run in four of her five starts and is one shy of her school-record four shutouts from last season.
Boise State struck early with a run in the second inning. Allie Crump walked to lead off and took second on an error. Devon Bridges stepped to the plate and drove her in with a double to right center.
Tara Glover broke the game open in the bottom of the fifth inning with a two-run triple to extend her hitting streak to 18 games and push the Bronco lead to 3-0. Engelbrecht singled with one out and Mackenzie Whyte followed with a walk to bring up Glover with runners on base, a situation she has thrived in this season. The sophomore transfer is now 10-for-18 with runners on this season. Glover scored one batter later when Kellie Caplan singled her home.
The biggest threat San Diego mounted came in the third inning. A one-out single gave the Toreros their first base runner. Back-to-back fielder’s choices only garnered one out and USD had runners at the corners, including the tying run on third. The inning ended on the base paths with catcher Katie Engelbrecht picking off the trail runner.
A two-out single by the Toreros in the sixth inning was the only other base runner for USD as Zell retired the side in order in five of her seven innings. The no-walk performance is Zell’s third of the season and she has walked just two of the last 206 batters she has faced, dating back to last season.
Glover has two triples this season, tying her for the single-season record with Kelly Sweeney (2009) and Christina Capobianco (2011). She is also tied with Capobianco for No. 2 on the Boise State career list, just eight games into her Bronco career.
No. 7/9 Washington 7 Boise State 4
Boise State brought the tying run to the plate in the sixth and seventh innings, but could not complete the comeback against No. 7/9 Washington, falling 7-4. The Broncos trailed 6-0 before cutting the deficit to three with a three-run sixth inning.
Washington raced out to a 6-0 lead scoring in each of the first three innings, including three in the first inning. Boise State errors kept each inning alive, including two in the second. The Broncos were retired in order through the first four innings, but Boise State’s offense came to life after keeping the Huskies from scoring in the bottom of the fourth.
Crump and Bridges each drew walks to lead off the fifth and advanced on a ground out. Whyte hit a dribbler in front of the plate that went for a single and scored pinch runner Lindsey Nicholson. The Broncos left Bridges and Whyte in scoring position to end the inning, but they were on the board and trailed 6-1.
Washington answered in the bottom of the frame with a two-out RBI to go back ahead 7-1. The margin did not last long.
Glover led off with a single to extend her hitting streak to 19 and Caplan walked behind her. After the Huskies made a pitching change, Capobianco ripped a double to left center and both runners came around to score, trimming the deficit to 7-3. Back-to-back strikeouts left the Broncos with two outs, but Holly Bourke singled and moved Capobianco up to third. Whyte produced again, hitting a double to right center and driving in one. The Broncos could not tack on to the big inning, but still trailed by three after holding Washington in the sixth.
With one away in the final inning of regulation Glover picked up her second hit and Caplan again followed with a base on balls to bring the tying run to the plate. A fielder’s choice cut down the lead runner and left the Broncos down to their final out. It was not to be as Boise State fell to 0-2 all-time against Washington, both losses by three runs.
Crump started in the circle and was replaced by Lela Work after five outs. Crump allowed five runs (four earned) on seven hits and a walk. Work finished the game, allowing two runs over the final four-and-a-third innings.
The Broncos finish their weekend at the Campbell/Cartier Classic Sunday, against Notre Dame. First pitch is scheduled for 9 a.m. (PT) on the campus of San Diego State.
Boise State pitchers have posted four shutouts this season (Zell, 3; Crump, 1)…before this season, the Broncos had never held an opponent scoreless in the month of February…Tara Glover extended her hitting streak to 19 games…Washington was 2-for-3 on stolen bases against Boise State…Bronco opponents were 4-of-8 entering the game.