LAS VEGAS, Nev. - The Boise State softball team continued its early season skid on Friday with a pair of losses to Indiana and Long Beach State. Indiana jumped out to an early lead and never looked back as they cruised to a 7-3 victory, and Long Beach State inched away for a 7-6 win. The Broncos (1-6) lost their sixth straight game with four of those games decided by one run.
Game 1 vs. Indiana
The Hoosiers bats woke up with the sun as they downed the Broncos 7-3 in a game that started at 9 a.m. (PT). The Hoosiers scored two runs in the first, one in the second, two more in the third and another in the fourth to put distance between them and the Broncos.
A two-run homer in the top half of the opening frame put the Broncos in a 2-0 hole. However, Kathy Cox smashed an RBI-double and Holly Bourke added an RBI-single to pull the Broncos even at 2-2 after one inning. After the first, the Bronco bats went silent while the Hoosier bats continued their tear. The Broncos didn't collect another hit until Tazz Weatherly sent a sizzling ground ball up the middle to score the Broncos third and final run in the bottom of the sixth.
Lela Work started the first game of her college career, but was chased after allowing five runs (four earned) in three innings. Ashley Collier made her Bronco debut by tossing four innings and striking out five while allowing only two runs.
Game 2 vs. Long Beach State
The Broncos and 49ers engaged in yet another nailbiter on Saturday with the 49ers coming away victorious with a clutch sixth inning RBI-single. The 49ers collected the 7-6 win despite making six errors in the game.
The Broncos started the scoring when Laeha Hill scored after a pair of errors allowed her to advance from first to home. Long Beach State woke up in the second and took a 3-1 lead.
The Broncos responded with a four-run fourth to regain the lead. Kellie Caplan hit her first homer of the year to highlight the scoring and the 49ers made three errors in the inning to help the Broncos to a 5-3 lead. A pair of Long Beach State homers in the bottom of the inning gave the 49ers a 6-5 lead to tip the seesaw the other way.
Ashleigh Viers-Gordillo didn't let the lead last too long when she led off the sixth inning with a bomb to center to tie up the game at 6-6. The Broncos were unable to plate anymore and Long Beach State manufactured a run in the bottom half of the inning to steal the win and hand the Broncos their sixth consecutive loss.
The Lousiville Slugger Desert Classic concludes tomorrow with the Broncos taking on No. 13 Oklahoma and San Diego at 10 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. (MT), respectively.