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Broncos Split Pair of Slugfests With Wolverines

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OREM, Utah The runs just kept piling in as the Boise State softball team split a pair of slugfests with Utah Valley in Orem, Utah on Monday. The Broncos (17-10) mounted a huge comeback to take the first game 14-9, but were on the opposite said of the comeback in game two as they fell 11-9 to the Wolverines (10-15). The win in the first game guarantees the Broncos a winning record on their current eight game road trip, on which they are currently 5-2.

Game 1
Despite setting a new team-high for runs with 14 in the first game, the Broncos didn’t cross the plate until the sixth inning. The Wolverines had built a 5-0 lead over the first five frames, but the Boise State bats exploded for five runs in the sixth and a new team-high nine runs in the seventh.

In the sixth, the Broncos sent nine batters to the plate to tie up the game at 5-5. Freshman Christina Capobianco drove in the tying run with a base hit into left field that brought home Ashleigh Viers-Gordillo. Earlier in the inning, Viers-Gordillo smashed a double into right field that cut the score to 5-4 with only one out. The Broncos also received RBI singles from Kelsey Perkins and Laurel Wyatt in the inning. The Wolverines responded with four runs in the bottom half of the inning to push the lead to 9-5.

The Bronco bats were not to be silenced in the seventh as they sent 13 batters to the plate in the inning and erupted for nine runs. Junior Laeha Hill gave the Broncos the lead when she doubled to left field and picked up two RBI. Hill went 2-for-2 off the bench for the Broncos and drove in two RBI while scoring three runs. Kathy Cox also picked up a big hit in the inning with a two RBI single up the middle that cut the score to 9-8. Kelly Sweeney drove in the final insurance runs of the inning with a two RBI double that gave the Broncos a five run lead entering the bottom of the seventh.

Game 2
The bats kept on rolling into the second game as the Broncos put up four runs in the top of the first off three home runs. Cox began the second slugfest with a homer over the wall in left center. Two batters later, Jessi Hanna drilled another homer that scored two runs. Laurel Wyatt made it back-to-back homer with a shot over the left field wall that gave the Broncos a 4-0 lead to begin the game.

The Wolverines would score two in the bottom of the inning, but still couldn’t seem to stop the Bronco offense as Viers-Gordillo and Cox each picked up RBI hits in the second inning to give the Broncos a 6-2 lead. The Broncos picked up one more run in each of the third and fourth innings to make it six straight innings in which the Broncos scored. Over those six innings, 22 runs came across the plate for the blue and orange.

Boise State used one more run in the sixth to take a 9-5 lead into the bottom of the sixth. However, no lead was ever safe all day long as the Wolverines mounted a huge comeback of their own, scoring six runs in the inning. The Wolverines used a two-run homer from Samantha Tellaroja and a two RBI double from Amanda Perez to erase and overtake the Boise State lead and eventually take the game.

The Broncos finished up the season series at 3-1 against the Wolverines with the doubleheader split. Overall, 43 runs were scored in the doubleheader between the two teams. Boise State will finish up its longest road trip of the season with one game against BYU on Tuesday at 4 p.m. in Provo, Utah.