Broncos Edge Out San Diego In 'Wild' Victory
SAN DIEGO, Calif. In a rematch from a come from behind loss to San Diego, the Boise State softball team was able to hold off yet another comeback with a 2-1 victory over the Toreros. The win came in “wild” fashion and gave Boise State (4-5) a 2-3 record on the weekend.

The Broncos were able to capitalize on two San Diego (1-8) miscues to bring in both of their runs. The winning run came in the top of the sixth after the Broncos had loaded the bases with two outs. Lexi Straton led off the inning by pushing her hitting streak to three games with a single into left field. Straton advanced to second on junior Kathy Cox’s third hit of the game. Cox was a perfect 3-for-3 with one run scored on the day. Two batters later, the bases were loaded with two outs as Kelsey Perkins strode to the plate.

With two strikes in the count, Perkins swung and missed at a wild pitch for strike three. As the ball bounced to the back stop, Straton was able to come in to score as all the runners moved up a base and Perkins was able to beat out a throw to first to keep the inning alive and give the Broncos the 2-1 lead.. When the batter swings and misses at a third strike but the pitch ends up in the dirt, it is considered a live ball until another out is recorded, i.e. the batter is either tagged out or forced out at first.

The wild go-ahead run came in after the Toreros had tied up the game in the bottom of the fifth. San Diego recorded two of its four hits in the inning, including an RBI single by Kaslin Tucker to tie the game at 1-1. Freshman Aubray Zell (4-2) got a ground ball on the next batter to end the inning.

Zell allowed only four hits and one walk through seven innings while recording three strikeouts en route to her third complete game victory of the season. She took a no-hitter into the fifth inning when the Toreros broke it up with a pair of singles. The only other hits came in the sixth and seventh with two outs. The Toreros were not able to advance a runner past second base all day except for their lone run in the fifth.

Next up for the Boise State is the University of Washington Tournament next weekend where they will take on Seattle on Saturday and Sunday, Portland State on Saturday and Washington on Sunday, who is ranked in the top-10 in the nation.

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