Update: The game between Boise State and Cal State Fullerton set to take place after the game against Washington was canceled due to inclement weather.
FULLERTON, Calif.-Boise State softball had its chances against No. 4 Washington Sunday, but fell 4-1 at the Judi Garman Classic. The Broncos dropped their second game to a top-five opponent in as many days, and third of the season.
Boise State (15-10) put runners on base in each inning, but could not cash in until the final frame. The Broncos left 10 runners on base for the game. Sophomore Lela Work started in the circle and kept the fourth-ranked team in the country off balance throughout her complete game performance. Work picked up four strikeouts but fell to 0-3 on the year.
Trailing 4-0, junior Kellie Caplan started a Bronco rally in the seventh inning with her second hit of the game. Caplan singled to left field Sophomore Vanessa Alvarez pinch hit and reached on a fielder's choice, Caplan was safe at second as an errant throw pulled the fielder off the bag. With two outs, freshman Devon Bridges singled to center, driving in the Broncos' first run. After junior Christina Capobianco walked to load the bases, the go-ahead run was at the plate. The opportunity slipped away, as a fly out ended the Bronco threat and the game.
It was not the only time Boise State let the Huskies escape trouble.
The Broncos looked poised to jump out in front of the Huskies in the top of the first inning. Junior Caplan led off the game reaching on a fielding error and moving to second on a poor throw. She moved to third on a groundout. With one out and a runner 60 feet from scoring, the Huskies worked around junior Allie Crump, issuing a walk. Boise State could not take the early lead, stranding runners at the corners.
A leadoff walk to junior Kelly Sweeney started the top of the second with the game still looking for its first run. Sweeney stole second to give the Broncos another runner in scoring position with nobody out. She remained on second the rest of the inning.
Washington (22-2) got on the board first with a solo home run from Niki Williams in the bottom of the second inning. Kaitlin Inglesby led off the third with a home run to extend the Husky lead, and Washington manufactured another run in the inning to lead 3-0.
Sweeney walked again in the fourth inning and wound up on third base with two away but could not advance any farther.
Inglesby came on in relief of starting pitcher Whitney Jones who did not allow a hit in her four innings. The Broncos immediately jumped on the new pitcher with back-to-back infield singles to start the fifth inning. The offense stalled with two strikeouts and a pop up.
Washington responded with a leadoff triple resulting in its fourth and final run in the bottom of the inning.Notes
Boise State is now 0-12 all-time against top-25 teams...Kellie Caplan extended her hit streak to six games...