HAYWARD, Calif.-- Boise State softball continued its strong play at the plate and in the field Saturday, to win two more games at the Santa Clara Bronco Classic. The Broncos (12-8) defeated Santa Clara and UC Davis on the second day of the tournament. Boise State shutout both opponents and have not allowed a run in the last 35 innings.
Boise State softball picked up its ninth-straight win and fourth-straight shutout in a 5-0 win against Santa Clara (4-8), Saturday, at the Santa Clara Bronco Classic.
Junior Allie Crump started the scoring with a lead-off home run in the second inning, her sixth of the season. Crump barely cleared the fence, as the ball landed just out of the reach of Santa Clara centerfielder Briana Knight who went crashing through the breakaway fence.
The Broncos (11-8) kept the offense going with two more runs in the inning, including an RBI double from junior Maghan Yurek, her first hit of the season. Yurek came around to score on a single by freshman Mackenzie Whyte.
The three runs were more than enough for starting pitcher Aubray Zell who continued her string of strong performances in the circle. Zell tossed four shutout innings, surrendering just one hit and not walking a batter for her third-straight start. Zell has now pitched 16-consecutive scoreless innings, including her no-hitter March 4, against Southern Utah.
Boise State tacked on two more runs in the third inning with RBI's from junior Kelly Sweeney and sophomore Vanessa Alvarez.
Freshman Morgan Barnes came on in the fifth inning and worked around three walks in her first two innings of work. Barnes was chased after allowed three-straight singles to start the seventh inning. Sophomore Lela Work entered with the bases loaded and the tying run on deck. A strikeout sandwiched by two fielders' choices gave Work her conference-leading fourth save of the season.
Boise State softball scratched out another win Saturday, against UC Davis, 2-0, at the Santa Clara Bronco Classic. The Broncos' school-record win streak is now at 10 games and they have recorded five-straight shutouts.
Junior Allie Crump went six innings, scattering six hits without walking a batter. Crump struck out four en route to improving her season record to 8-3. Sophomore Lela Work pitched the seventh inning to earn her second save of the day and fifth of the season.
The score was knotted at zero until the bottom of the fifth inning. Boise State loaded the bases with nobody out, scoring on a fielder's choice from sophomore Holly Bourke and an RBI single from Crump. Both of the Broncos' runs were unearned.
Before Boise State broke through, the Aggies had a runner in scoring position during the fourth and fifth innings. UC Davis' first opportunity was stifled when junior Kellie Caplan ranged from her spot at second base to the third-base side of the bag to stop a grounder from reaching the outfield. Chandler Wagner tried to come around from second, but Caplan gunned her down at the plate.
The Aggies' Megan Guzman led off the top of the fifth with a double to center. Guzman moved up to third on a sacrifice but the Bronco defense made sure she did not make it all the way around. Crump jammed the Aggies' next two batters, inducing groundballs to junior Kelly Sweeney at third base, who made two strong throws across the diamond to retire the side and the threat.
The Broncos (12-8) play two more games Sunday to wrap up the three-day tournament. Boise State will take on Albany in doubleheader action with first pitch at 11 a.m. (MT).
Boise State's scoreless innings streak is at 35, the Broncos have allowed one run in the last 46 innings...Allie Crump eclipsed the 300-strikeout milestone for her career...Devon Bridges snapped her eight-game hit streak, going 0-for-1 with three walks in game one.