LUBBOCK, Texas - Despite jumping out to a 6-0 lead, the Boise State softball team dropped its final game to Texas Tech 11-6. The Broncos (3-11) and Red Raiders (18-2) combined for 10 runs in the third inning but the Red Raiders continued to score later in the game while the Broncos fell silent. The two teams also combined to use six pitchers in the 17-run slugfest.
After earning her first win yesterday over Wichita State, Ashley Collier was given the start once again. She looked to be equally as effective as she retired the first eight Red Raiders in order to open the door for the Bronco offense.
The offense awoke from its slumber against the Red Raiders with six runs over the first three frames. Kathy Cox got the Broncos on the board with a solo shot to right field in the top of the second. The solo home run was fifth of the year for Cox, who ended the game 2-for-3 with a double as well.
In the third inning, the Broncos exploded for five runs with the first five hitters in the inning reaching base and eventually coming around to score. Tazz Weatherly, Laeha Hill and Kellie Caplan all walked to load the bases with no outs. Christina Capobianco knocked in the first run on a fielder's choice and Vanessa Alvarez also walked to force in the inning's second run. After Cox struck out for the first out of the inning, Holly Bourke and Jessi Hanna hit back-to-back RBI singles to push the lead to 6-0. The Red Raiders would get out of the jam without any more harm being done.
The Red Raiders responded in a big way as they posted five runs of their own in the bottom half of the third. The first run scored on a wild pitch and two consecutive walks loaded the bases. Emily Bledsoe brought the Red Raiders back in the game with a grand slam that narrowed the gap to 6-5. Bledsoe had a monstrous day with eight RBI and three hits in four at-bats. Allie Crump would replace Collier following the slam and record the final out of the inning.
The Red Raiders weren't done yet as they once again put together a two-out rally and took the lead with three runs in fourth. The Red Raiders kept the pressure on the Broncos as the Bronco bats went silent over the final four frames. The hosts put up another run in the fifth and two more in the sixth to pad the lead and give the final score of 11-6.
The Broncos will complete their 19-game road trip to open the season next weekend in Oregon. The Broncos will take on Oregon State and North Dakota on Friday in Corvallis, Ore. and travel up to Eugene on Saturday and Sunday to take on Oregon.