RIVERSIDE, Calif.-The Boise State softball team found its offense against UC Riverside after being shut out by UNLV as they split the first two games, Friday, at the Amy S. Harrison Classic in Riverside, Calif. The Broncos (3-8) scored 13 runs on 18 hits in a 13-11 victory against the Highlanders just hours after getting three hits and not scoring a run against the Rebels.
Boise State lost Friday to UNLV, 9-0, in the first game of the Amy S. Harrison Classic hosted by UC Riverside. The Broncos had six batters reach base and were shutout for the second-consecutive game.
Freshman pitcher Morgan Barnes earned her first-career start. Barnes took the loss, giving up five runs on two hits and six walks in two and one-third innings.
Boise State managed just three hits off Rebels pitcher Amanda Oliveto who pitched a complete-game shutout.
Junior Kellie Caplan continued her strong performance at the plate, going 1-for-3 and reaching base twice. Classmate Allie Crump and sophomore Holly Bourke had the other two hits for the Broncos.
The bottom six spots in the order for Boise State combined to bat 0-for-16, reaching on a hit-by-pitch and a fielder's choice.
UNLV scored its first five runs via two bases-loaded walks and a wild pitch before breaking the game open with a two-out, two-run single in the third inning to make the score 5-0. The Rebels tacked on one run in the fourth and three more in the seventh to provide the final margin.
Junior Aubray Zell pitched in relief for Boise State, throwing the final four and two-thirds innings. Zell allowed four runs on eight hits while striking out two.
Nine Broncos recorded a hit against UC Riverside, including three each from Crump, fellow junior Tazz Weatherly and sophomore Vanessa Alvarez. Junior Kelly Sweeney and Alvarez each drove in four runs.
The Highlanders struck first with a pair of runs in their first at bat. Boise State got one run back on a Weatherly RBI double in the second inning, before taking the lead in the third. The Broncos scored three runs in the frame, all on a single from Sweeney.
The runs kept coming as sophomore catcher Megan Harvey hit her first home run of the year in the fourth inning to give Boise State a 5-2 lead.
The Broncos put the game out of reach with six runs in the top of the seventh inning, all coming with two outs and all unearned, to extend their lead to 13-4. The Highlanders managed to make it interesting in the bottom of the seventh.
Crump was unable to record an out in the final frame, keeping her from her fifth-straight complete game. Sophomore Lela Work came on in relief and gave up a grand slam to the first batter she faced, bringing the home team within two at 13-11. With the bases clear, Work calmed down and struck out the side to end the game.
Crump earned the win in the circle, pitching six innings.
Boise State returns to the diamond Saturday, against Cal State Northridge. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m., Mountain Time.