BOISE, Idaho - A seventh-inning rally fell just short for the Boise State softball team, who lost their home-opener 3-2 to Minnesota. The Broncos (4-15) were shut down for six innings but fought their way back into the game with a pair of runs in the seventh. The Gophers (11-19) shut the door on the rally to take the first game of the SpringHill Suites Invitational.
In the bottom of the seventh, the Broncos capitalized on a couple Gopher mistakes to mount the comeback. Kellie Caplan worked a one-out walk and advanced to third on a Gopher error. With runners on first and third, Megan Harvey hit a grounder to the left side. Caplan came around to score and Jessica Kraft scored from first on another Gopher error. However, Lacey Middlebrooks snagged a liner out of the air off the bat of Laeha Hill to end the rally.
Middlebrooks turned in a gem for the Gophers, tossing a complete game to earn her 11th victory of the year. She allowed just one hit while striking out six Broncos.
Allie Crump was the tough luck loser for the Broncos despite giving up only one earned run and recording five strikeouts.
The Gophers climbed on top early with a run in the first and second innings to take a 2-0. The Gophers manufactured both runs as their leadoff hitter reached first safely in both innings. Crump then walked Malisa Barnes in the fourth with the bases loaded to give the Gophers their final tally of three runs.
The Broncos hope to carry the momentum from the hard fought seventh inning into tomorrow's game at 11:45 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. The Broncos will play Portland State in the early game and host Weber State in the nightcap.