Broncos Take Sunday Split With Idaho State
BOISE, Idaho The Boise State softball team finished up its eight game homestand with a split with in-state rival Idaho State. The Broncos (12-8) edged out the first game 4-3 to stay perfect at home but had their seven game winning streak snapped with a 6-1 loss to the Bengals (6-11) in game two.

Game 1
The first game started in an unusual way for the Broncos when they quickly put up a 3-0 lead. The Broncos have scored 52 of their 100 runs on the season in the fifth inning or later. However, the game started with a quick two run first inning.

Laeha Hill led off with a single that extended her hitting streak to a season-high 10 games. The bases were loaded with one out after a pair of singles by Lexi Straton and Kathy Cox. Hill and Straton came in to score on an error, giving the Broncos the two run lead. In the second, Laurel Wyatt extended the lead to 3-0 with her second homer of the year that sailed over the center field fence.

The Bengals responded to the homer by cutting down the lead to 3-2 in the top of the third. The Bengals runs came when Allie Crump walked Megan Miller with the bases loaded and was followed by Jessica Baca’s RBI single. The pair of runs broke Crump’s streak of 12 consecutive scoreless innings pitched. Crump got back on track by striking out the next two batters to end the threat. On the day, Crump allowed 11 hits but only three runs (two earned) while striking out four.

Cox went deep for the second time in as many days with a blast to left center that gave the Broncos a 4-2 lead. The solo shot ended up being the difference in the game as the Bengals would threaten in the seventh and manage to plate one run before Crump shut the door, earning her third win of the season.

Game 2
The second game brought the Broncos first loss in Mountain Cove as they fell 6-1 to the Bengals. After two scoreless innings, the Bengals exploded for four runs in the third. They put together four consecutive hits to begin the inning and later got an RBI double from Baca to take the 4-0 lead. The Bengals wouldn’t look back as Kandis Clesson breezed through the Broncos lineup.

Boise State would only manage three hits in the game. Two of those hits came in the fifth when the Broncos scored their lone run. Back-to-back singles by Wyatt and Jessi Hanna and a walk Kellie Caplan loaded the bases with one out. Hill hit a deep sacrifice fly to center that brought in Wyatt. Despite the sacrifice fly, Hill snapped her 10-game hitting streak.

The Broncos will take off Utah on Tuesday for an eight-game swing through the state. The trip begins with a doubleheader at Utah on Wednesday, Mar. 18. Conference play begins in Logan with a three-game series with Utah State on Friday and Saturday. The Broncos then play a doubleheader against Utah Valley on Mar. 23 followed by a single game matchup with BYU on Mar. 24.

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