BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State softball team couldn't get their bats going on their first day in Lubbock, Texas, as they dropped both games on Friday. The Broncos (2-9) lost their first game 7-1 to Wichita State and was then run-ruled 9-0 against Texas Tech. The Broncos combined for only five hits over the two games.
Over the previous nine games, the Broncos offense was the least of their worries. The offense averaged over five runs and seven hits per game. However, the Broncos didn't collect a hit until the sixth inning against Wichita State (7-6) and were only able to scratch out three against the red-hot Red Raiders (14-1).
Game 1 vs. Wichita State
Shocker pitcher Kasha Kolb seemed to have the Broncos number on Friday as she took a no-hitter into the sixth inning before freshman Ashley Collier singled up the middle. Collier stole second, advanced to third on a sacrifice by Kellie Caplan and eventually scored on Vanessa Alvarez single to score the Broncos only run in the game. The lone run bucked the shutout attempt but came much too late in the game as the Broncos lost 7-1.
Collier and Alvarez collected the Broncos' only hits in the game as Kolb was lights out all game long. Kolb K'd 12 Broncos, which is an all-time high against the Broncos in a single game.
The Shockers didn't waste any time in getting on the board. They scored one run in the top half of the first and never looked back. A three-run homer in the fourth pushed the lead to 4-0 and three more runs in the sixth gave the Shockers their final tally of seven runs.
Game 2 vs. Texas Tech
Things did not turn around in the second game of the day as the Broncos were shutout for the first time this year, 9-0. The Broncos offense remained silent as only four Broncos reached base in the five inning game and none advanced past second base.
The game started out promising as Brittany Barcellos led off the game with an infield single. She later stole second but was stranded their after a double play ended the inning. Ashly Jacobs then retired seven consecutive Broncos before Alvarez stroked a single into left field. Freshman Holly Bourke also collected a single in the fifth in the Broncos last effort to avoid the run-rule.
The Red Raiders scored in every inning en route to the shortened victory. Three Bronco errors in the game led to six unearned runs throughout the game. The Red Raiders did most of their damage in the fourth inning, scoring four runs. The Broncos also had two of their errors in the inning, making all four runs unearned.
The Broncos will have to erase today's games from their memories quickly as they will face both teams again tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. and noon, respectively.