LUBBOCK, Texas - The Boise State softball team scored all their runs off home runs on Saturday and split a pair of games. The Broncos (3-10) took revenge on Wichita State with a 4-3 win but fell 4-1 to Texas Tech. The Broncos combined for four homers on the day and received outstanding pitching performances from freshman Ashley Collier and sophomore Allie Crump.
Game 1 vs. Wichita State
For the first time this year, the Broncos ended up on the winning side of a one-run game with a 4-3 win over the Shockers (7-7). Collier turned in a gem from the circle, allowing only three runs (one of which was earned). The Bronco offense was also revived with three homers, including Holly Bourke's first career round-tripper.
Through the first two frames, neither team could scratch out a run. The Shockers were the first to get on the board in the bottom of the third with a lone run. The Broncos responded with three runs of their own in the top of fourth to take a 3-1 lead. Christina Capobianco led off the inning with a single up the middle. Kathy Cox then gave the Broncos their first lead of the weekend with a two-run shot over the leftcenter field wall. Two batters later, Bourke sent a solo home run over the left field wall to push the lead to 3-1. Bourke ended the day 2-for-3 with an RBI. Cox now has four homers on the year.
Collier started the first game of her career and did not disappoint. She gave up nine hits but was able to work her way out of jams to preserve the Broncos lead. In the fourth, Collier forced a fly out to end the inning with the bases loaded for the Shockers. She struck out two en route to winning her first decision in the circle.
Jessi Hanna hit her first homer of the year in the fifth, which proved to be the difference in the game. The Shockers mounted a furious attempt at a comeback in the seventh and posted two runs in the inning. However, Collier was once again able to work her way out of trouble as she ended the rally and gave the Broncos their third win of the year.
Game 2 vs. Texas Tech
It was a tale of two games for Crump, who was phenomenal for six innings. Crump had trouble getting going in the bottom of the first seven Red Raiders (17-1) reached base and the first four scored for a quick 4-0 lead.
In that first inning, Crump walked four batters, hit another and gave up two hits. She then worked out of a bases loaded jam to limit the damage to four runs. After giving up four runs, she retired the next seven batters. Crump allowed only two hits and one walk over the final six innings while striking out three but the damage had already been done.
The Bronco offense was unable to carry the momentum from the first game as the Broncos combined for only three hits and one run. Crump and Kellie Caplan each had singles and Vanessa Alvarez went deep for the first time in her career to get the Broncos on the board. Alvarez's solo shot came in the top of the sixth.
The Broncos threatened in the first inning when they loaded the bases with two outs but were unable to get a runner across the plate.
The Broncos will take on the Red Raiders once more on Sunday at 9 a.m. So far, the Red Raider pitching has limited the Broncos to six hits and one run over two games.