Bronco Offense Struggles Then Thrives in Split With Utah

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Game 1
The Broncos fell victim to a no-hitter by Utah pitcher Ashley Smuda in a true pitchers’ duel in game one of the twinbill, resulting in the 1-0 loss. Smuda and freshman pitcher Allie Crump battled with duplicate dominating performances in the circle, but it was Smuda who would pick up the win in the end.

The game went scoreless through five and a half innings, but Utah was finally able to put a mark on the scoreboard. The Utes (13-19) took advantage of two Bronco errors in the inning to score the games only run.

Despite taking the loss, Crump (3-3) was superb in the circle. The freshman allowed seven hits to the Utes, but struck out five and walked none in six innings of work. Crump allowed only the one unearned run to cross the plate in the loss.

Game 2
The Bronco offense came to life immediately in the second game as they jumped out to an early 6-1 lead, including a four-run first inning. The Broncos strung together five consecutive hits in the rally. Junior Kathy Cox put the Broncos on the board with an RBI single that scored Lexi Straton from second base. Christina Capobianco followed Cox by sending one into the seats in left field for a three-run homer that gave the Broncos an early 4-0 lead, which they would not relinquish.

The Utes responded with a run of their own in the bottom half of the inning, but the Broncos offense wasn’t done. In the top of the second, the Broncos put two more runs on the board with the help of a couple wild pitches and a Jessi Hanna single that pushed the lead to 6-1. Hanna picked up her second RBI of the game in the fourth with a double that gave the Broncos a 7-2 lead.

The Utes put together a rally in the fifth inning that nearly erased the Broncos lead. Hannah Clements led off the inning with a solo homer that cut the lead to 7-3. The Utes put up two more in the inning, but could not mange to plate anymore as Mandy Klein entered the game in relief to shut the door. Klein pitched 2.2 shutout innings to keep the score at 7-5 and earn her first career save.

Next up, the Broncos will make their WAC debut as they travel to Logan, Utah to take on Utah State in a three game series. The Aggies and Broncos will square off once on Friday and then play a doubleheader on Saturday to conclude the series.