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Broncos Stopped Short In Second Comeback Attempt

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SEATTLE, Wash. The Boise State softball team was unable to post another comeback in their second game of the day as they were defeated by Portland State 6-4 on Saturday. The Broncos (5-6) were down by as much as five runs in the sixth inning, which proved to be too big off a hole for the Broncos to climb out of.

Portland State (9-7) capitalized on three Bronco errors by scoring four unearned runs en route to the victory. The Vikings jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the fourth inning, scoring three earned runs early, and added two more in the sixth to put the Broncos in a 5-0 hole.

The Bronco bats came to life in the sixth to put up three runs, closing the gap to 5-3. Junior Kelsey Perkins (2-for-3, one RBI) put the Broncos on the board with an RBI single into center. Later in the inning, Ashleigh Viers-Gordillo made the most of her only at-bat by knocking in a second run with an RBI single into left. The third run came on the very next batter as junior Kathy Cox brought in Perkins with a sacrifice fly.

The seventh brought more scoring on both sides as the Vikings began the inning by putting up an insurance run when Jackie Heide poked a single into left, bringing home Arielle Wiser (2-for-4, two runs scored) for a 6-3 lead. Jenna Wilson also picked up two RBI for the Vikings while going 2-for-3 on the day.

The Broncos threatened once again in the seventh. With two outs, Kellie Caplan singled and scored on the next play, which was a double off the bat of Laeha Hill. The Broncos brought the tying run to the plate but were unable to do anymore damage as Viking pitcher Nichole Latham got a ground ball to spoil the comeback attempt.

Mandy Klein (0-3) took the loss for the Broncos despite allowing only two earned runs and recording four strike outs in her seven innings of work.

Boise State will have a rematch with Seattle at 10 a.m. (PT) tomorrow and then face the unbeaten No. 3/1 Washington at 2:30 p.m. (PT).