BOISE, Idaho- Boise State softball took two from Seattle Thursday, on the opening day of the SpringHill Suites Invitational #2 at Mountain Cove Softball Field. The Broncos (20-10) won a run-shortened, five-inning game 9-0 to start the day and earned a comeback win in the second game, 8-3. Boise State has won 20-straight home games, dating back to the final game of the 2010 season. It is the third-longest active streak in the country.
Aubray Zell and Kenzie Cole combined to hold the Redhawks to one hit in the first game while the Broncos rallied from a three-run deficit with eight runs in the fourth inning in the second game.
Boise State 9 Seattle 0 (5 innings)
Holly Bourke drove in a career-high five runs in the first game, including a three-run home run in the fourth inning. Katie Engelbrecht followed with her first-career home run as the Broncos went back-to-back to cap the scoring.
Zell started and went four innings, allowing one hit and two walks to earn her 12th win of the season. Cole finished the game with a perfect fifth inning as Boise State threw a combined one hitter.
Tara Glover and Christina Capobianco put the Broncos on the board in the bottom of the first inning when Capobianco laced a sharp grounder between first and second. The ball tipped off the second baseman's glove and trickled toward the outfield while Glover came all the way around to score from second.
Mackenzie Whyte pushed in a run in the second inning before coming around herself when Capobianco drove in another run with her second hit of the game. The Broncos tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the third to take a 5-0 lead after Bourke singled in a pair.
Bourke's day was far from done. In the fourth inning, a two-out walk put runners at the corners and up stepped Bourke. After fouling off the first pitch, she lofted a deep fly ball to right center that carried into the visitor's bullpen and put Boise State ahead 8-0. Engelbrecht was up next and scorched a line drive to dead center. The ball tipped off the glove of a lunging Sarah Petosa and dropped over the fence for Engelbrecht's first multi-hit game and a 9-0 lead.
The Redhawks' Bubba Morrow singled to lead off the fourth inning and break up Zell's no-hit bid. Zell worked around the hit to get out of the inning before turning the game over to Cole. Zell struck out three and Cole added two punch outs.
Boise State 8 Seattle 3
Seattle struck first in the second game, taking a 3-0 lead after the top of the fourth inning. The Broncos came to life in the bottom of the frame, hanging eight runs on the board. They tallied six hits in the inning and did all of the damage without the benefit of a home run, snapping a streak of 20-straight home games with a round-tripper.
Allie Crump delivered two hits in the decisive fourth inning, driving in the final two runs with a bloop single to shallow right field. Crump's offense helped her own cause as she started in the circle and pitched four innings to earn the win. She allowed three runs on five hits while striking out three to improve to 4-2 on the year.
Ashley Collier and Glover also had two-run hits in the fourth. Kelly Sweeney drove in the first run of the inning on a fielder's choice with runners at the corners. Collier tied the game when she dumped a single into left. Glover's production came in the form of her second double of the game.
After the offense exploded, Lela Work came out of the bullpen for the fifth inning and finished the game. Work allowed two hits and struck out two while keeping the Redhawks off the board in a three-inning save.
Seattle scored two runs on three hits in the third inning. Two of the singles, including the third one that plated two runs, snuck inside the left field foul line just over the bag at third base. Allegra Wilde smoked a home run to left field in the fourth inning, putting Seattle on top 3-0. Petosa led the Redhawks with three hits.
The SpringHill Suites Invitational #2 resumes Friday, starting at 10 a.m. (MT), with four games on the schedule. The Broncos will take the field against UT San Antonio at 4 p.m.
Tara Glover is riding a six-game hitting streak and has hit safely in 28 of 30 games this season...Aubray Zell and Kenzie Cole have now combined on a no-hitter, a one-hitter and a team-record, 16-strikeout performance this season... Holly Bourke has hit a home run in each of her last three games against the Redhawks.