Broncos Fall Short In A Pair Of Close Games
SAN DIEGO, Calif. There were two close games, but no wins for the Boise State softball team on Saturday as they fell 3-2 to Colorado State and 3-1 to Long Beach State. Back-to-back heartbreakers gave the Broncos a 1-3 record so far in the University of San Diego Tournament.

Game 1 vs. Colorado State
The Broncos (3-5) got behind early in the pitcher’s duel as the Rams (9-5) put up a run a piece in the second and third innings to take the 2-0 lead. The Broncos responded with a big fourth inning. After loading the bases, Kelly Sweeney and pinch-hitter Maghan Yurek drew consecutive walks to tie the score at 2-2.

The Rams responded in the next frame with another run to secure the 3-2 victory. Dani Chaplin shut the door over the final 3.1 innings, allowing only two hits and ending the Broncos scoring threat in the fourth to pick up the win. Christine Thomsen and Kayla Kreutzman each picked three hits and an RBI to lead the Rams.

Freshman Ashleigh Viers-Gordillo remained hot for the Broncos, going 2-for-3 (4-for-her-last-5) and scoring a run. Freshman Lexi Straton also picked up her first multi-hit game of the year with a 2-for-3 performance.

Game 2 vs. Long Beach State
The 49ers (6-7) avenged their loss to the Broncos on Friday with a near no-hit victory on Saturday night. Brooke Turner allowed only on bunt single in the third and one unearned run en route to the victory. The Beach marked up the board first with two runs in the bottom of the second to give Turner the slight lead.

Boise State responded in the top of third by cutting the lead in half with a manufactured run. Straton picked up the only Bronco hit on the day with bunt single to lead off the inning. She later came around to score on an error for the Broncos only run.

Mandy Klein (0-2) started her first game of the year for the Broncos after an impressive relief performance on Friday. Klein allowed seven hit in six inning of work in the circle. She also struck out two in her longest appearance of the season.

Boise State will have a chance to avenge the comeback loss it suffered on Friday at the hands of San Diego. The Broncos will square off with the host Toreros tomorrow at 10 a.m. (PT).

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