LAS VEGAS-Boise State softball dropped its final game at the 2011 Louisville Slugger Desert Classic, Sunday, against No. 14 Oregon, 10-0 in five innings. Oregon ended the game on a three-run home run in the bottom of the fifth to provide the final score.
The Bronco offense-which produced more in the Desert Classic than in the season's opening weekend-sent just 18 batters to the plate against the Ducks and mustered two hits, both singles. Mikayla Endicott and Samantha Skillingstad combined for the shutout.
Allie Crump took the complete-game loss for Boise State (2-7). It was Crump's second setback of the tournament, both coming against top-25 teams.
Junior Kellie Caplan had her four-game hitting streak at the tournament snapped, but finished the weekend 10-of-16 at the plate to raise her season batting average to a team-leading .419.
Oregon's offense was led by a pair of home runs. The Ducks (10-1) scored once in the first inning and twice in the second, benefiting from three Bronco errors in the frames. Another Boise State error allowed a run to score in the fourth, and on the next swing Monique Fuiava broke the game open with a two-run shot to center.
The score remained 6-0 until the fifth inning when Oregon took advantage of two walks, plating one run on an RBI single before Allie Burger ended the game with a three-run home run.
Boise State is back in action Friday, against UNLV and UC Riverside at the UC Riverside Tournament in Riverside, Calif. It is the last weekend before the Broncos make their home debut, Friday, March 4, in the Boise State SpringHill Suites Invitational.
Junior Maghan Yurek made her 45th-career start behind the plate, tying her for the most starts at catcher in school history (Lexi Stratton, 2009).