EUGENE, Ore. - Allie Crump tossed all 13 innings and struck out 11 batters as the Boise State softball team split a pair of games in Eugene, Ore. today. The Broncos (4-14) downed North Dakota (3-13) 4-1 in an early morning game but fell 3-1 to Oregon (18-5) in the nightcap. The Broncos wrapped up their 18-game road trip in Oregon by improving to 4-5 on neutral sites but remained winless in true away games.
Game 1 vs. North Dakota
Crump turned in a gem from the circle as she earned the complete game victory with a season-high seven strikeouts. Kath Cox contributed to the victory with her sixth homer and a 3-for-3 performance on the way to a 4-1 win.
The Fighting Sioux scratched out five hits in the game with three coming in the third inning. The offensive burst led to an unearned run but gave the Fighting Sioux a 1-0 lead.
The Broncos answered in the fourth inning with a trifecta of runs to give them a 3-1 lead. Vanessa Alvarez led off the inning with a single and was followed by Cox's two-run blast to center. The Broncos weren't done yet as Christina Capobianco reached on an error in the next at-bat and later came around to score on a sacrifice fly by Holly Bourke.
Crump would not let a runner past first base through the final four frames and Megan Harvey had a pinch hit RBI-single in the sixth to pad the Broncos lead to the final tally of 4-1. It was the first official career RBI for Harvey, who had a grand slam erased from the record books on Friday due to rain.
Maghan Yurek also had a big day at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a run scored. Both of Yurek's hits came during the Boise State rallies in the fourth and sixth innings.
Game 2 vs. Oregon
The Broncos tried to ride the coattails of their recent victory but did not have an answer for Oregon's pitching in game two as they fell 3-1. Crump pitched well once again, allowing only three runs (two earned) on five hits while striking out four. However, she was outdueled by an Oregon pitching staff that recorded 11 strikeouts in the game.
Crump took the loss and Sam Skillingstad earned her fifth win of the year with seven strikeouts through five innings of work. Jessica Moore earned the save with four more strikeouts in two innings pitched.
The Broncos were the first to mark the scoreboard with their lone run coming in the top half of the second inning. Cox doubled to right field to lead off the inning and spark the rally. Crump later helped herself by knocking in Cox from third with an RBI-single. The Broncos only had two baserunners after the second inning as the Broncos managed only three hits in the contest. Capobianco singled in the fourth and Jessi Hanna was hit by a pitch in the fifth although neither baserunner advanced past first.
The Ducks tied up the game in the bottom half of the inning and a two-run homer in the fourth sealed the Broncos fate.
Strikeouts seem to come in bunches as Crump combined for 11 strikeouts on the day while only allowing 10 hits. The Oregon pitching staff combined for 20 strikeouts in two games against the Broncos this weekend while only allowing six hits and one run.
The Broncos will remain in Boise next week as they host their 2010 home-opener at Mountain Cove against Minnesota at 3 p.m. on Friday. Games will be played throughout the weekend as the Broncos host the SpringHill Suites Invitational with Minnesota, Portland State and Weber State all participating in the round robin tournament.