RIVERSIDE, Calif.- With runs in five of the seven innings, Boise State softball defeated Cal State Northridge 8-4, Sunday, at the Amy S. Harrison Classic hosted by UC Riverside. It is the first time this season the Broncos (4-8) won consecutive games.
Boise State started the game by loading the bases with one out, but could not break through for a run against the Matadors in the first inning. The rest of the game would be different. The Broncos pounded out 14 hits, drew five walks and were hit by two pitches.
Junior Tazz Weatherly led the way at the plate, tying her career high with three hits. Weatherly drove in a run and scored another. Sophomore Holly Bourke and freshman Devon Bridges also registered multi-hit days for the Broncos. Bourke has hit safely in eight of the last nine games. Bridges reached base four times Sunday, adding two walks to her line. She also drove in a pair of runs.
Junior Allie Crump made her seventh start of the season in the circle. Despite giving up four runs, it was arguably Crump's most dominant outing of the year.
The Elk Grove, Calif., native struck out four of the first seven batters she faced, retiring all seven in order. A walk and a fielder's choice left the Matadors with a runner on, two outs and still no hits in the ballgame. The next batter drove a home run to left field to bring Northridge within one run at 3-2. Crump would not allow another hit until an RBI double in the sixth inning chased her from the game. She was relieved by sophomore Lela Work after giving up just two hits and striking out seven.
Work gave up two sacrifice flies to allow the runner on second to score before striking out the third batter she faced to get the Broncos out of the inning ahead 5-4.
In the top of the seventh Boise State strung together four two-out hits to plate three runs and break the game open. Work made the 8-4 lead stand up, pitching around a hit batter in the final frame.
The game between Boise State and Northridge was originally scheduled for Saturday, but inclement weather cancelled all three games on the second day of the tournament. Instead of pitting the Broncos and UC Riverside against each other again, the Sunday schedule was altered to give teams new matchups.