CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif.-Boise State softball split two games on its first day at the Cathedral City Classic. The Broncos (8-4) rallied twice to beat Cal State Northridge in the opener, 5-3, before falling against Cal State Fullerton, 2-1.
Boise State 5 Cal State Northridge 3
Devon Bridges hit her first home run of the season in the seventh inning to lift the Broncos to victory over Northridge. Bridges belted a two-run shot to left field with one out in the final inning of regulation to break a 3-3 tie.
Boise State scored three runs in the fifth inning on four hits. Jordan Kreiger led off with a single and Tazz Weatherly immediately drove her in with a double. One out later, Tara Glover knocked in a run. Glover would later score after the Matadors threw the ball around following a single by Kellie Caplan and the Broncos had a 3-1 lead.
Northridge answered in the sixth inning to tie the game. A two-out error was followed by a two-run homer that set up Bridges' dramatics.
The Matadors struck first, scoring in the second with the aid of a walk and a wild pitch.
Glover had three hits on the day, scored two runs and drove in another. It is her eighth multi-hit game of the season
Allie Crump pitched a complete game, giving up three runs (one earned) on five hits. Crump walked two and struck out five.
Boise State loaded the bases with nobody out in the first inning, but failed to score. The next 12 Broncos were retired before the offense roared to life in the fifth.
Cal State Fullerton 2 Boise State 1
Boise State loaded the bases in the top of the seventh inning with nobody out, but could not push the tying run across in a 2-1 loss against Cal State Fullerton. The Broncos outhit the Titans 10-5, but left 13 runners on base.
Mackenzie Whyte put the Broncos on top 1-0 in the fourth inning with a two-out single. It was Whyte's second hit of the day. Fullerton answered right back in the bottom of the frame as it was able to cash in a one-out triple.
In the fifth, the Titans scored a run without getting the ball out of the infield. A single to the left side and two groundouts put a runner at third base. An error in the infield let the run in and Fullerton had the lead.
The Broncos went down quietly in the sixth before their last-chance effort came up short in the seventh.
Aubray Zell took the complete-game loss in the circle. Zell gave up one earned run on five hits and two walks. She also struck out four.
Glover extended her hitting streak to 22 games with a third-inning single.
The Broncos take on No. 6 Oklahoma and Cal Poly Friday.