Game 1 vs. No. 13 Oklahoma
The Broncos gave the Sooners all they could handle on Saturday but fell just short of comeback, losing the game 8-4. The Sooners scored a pair of runs in each of the first two frames to put the Broncos in an early 4-0 hole. The Broncos fought back in the top of the fifth, scoring all four of their runs in the frame.
The top of the lineup came through in the clutch for the Broncos as the top third of the batting order brought in all four runs. With Brittany Barcellos on second, Laeha Hill got the Broncos on the board with a RBI double off the right field wall. Jessi Hanna knocked in Hill in the next at-bat with a hot shot up the middle. Christina Capobianco hit her second home run of the season in the next at-bat, scoring Hanna and tying the game at 4-4.
Hill, Hanna and Capobianco went a combined 5-for-11 with four RBI and three runs scored. The rest of the Broncos collected only two hits in the game.
The Sooners answered with a solo homer in the bottom half of the fifth to regain a 5-4 lead. In the sixth, the Broncos had runners on first and third with one out and the top of the lineup due up. However, Hill and Hanna took called strike threes to end the inning the Broncos threat of a comeback.
The Sooners padded their lead in the bottom of the sixth with their third homer of the game to give the final tally of 8-4. The Broncos were unable to mount another comeback and dropped yet another heartbreaker.
Game 2 vs. San Diego
The Bronco bats exploded in the Broncos' final game of the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic, leading to a 10-2 run-rule win over San Diego. The scoring began immediately with each of the first three batters - Hill, Hanna and Capobianco - collecting singles. Capobianco and Holly Bourke each hit RBI-singles and Allie Crump stroked a two-RBI double to give the Broncos a quick 4-0 lead after the first inning.
The Broncos never looked back and eight of the nine Bronco hitters had at least one hit. Five hitters had multiple hits, including Capobianco and Kathy Cox. Cox smashed her third homer of the year in the third and ended the game with a two-RBI single in the bottom of the fifth. Capobianco also collected three RBIs in the game to give her a team-high nine RBIs on the year.
Allie Crump picked up her second win in the circle, allowing only two runs in five innings of work. She limited the Toreros enough for the Broncos fifth inning explosion to end the game in a run-rule. The Broncos scored five runs in the bottom of the fifth, capped by Cox's single to right field that scored the final two runs.
The Broncos will take next weekend off before hitting the road again to take on Wichita State and Texas Tech on Lubbock, Texas on Mar. 5-7.