BOISE, Idaho-Boise State became just the 26th team in NCAA history to score 12 runs in an inning en route to beating Nevada 13-0 in five innings Friday, at Mountain Cove Softball Field in the conference opener for both teams.
The Broncos (16-10, 1-0) scratched a run across in the first inning thanks to a walk, a hit and two Nevada throwing errors. That was the only run of the game until Boise State took advantage of another Wolf Pack miscue in the fourth inning to start the most productive inning in school history.
Junior Allie Crump started the bottom of the fourth with a groundball to the shortstop. A wide throw forced the first baseman to make a reaching play. Crump was initially called out on the play, but the umpires conferred and overturned the call. Freshman Devon Bridges followed immediately with her fifth home run of the season, a deep drive just inside the left-field foul pole. The Broncos went on to collect five more hits in the inning -including two from junior Kelly Sweeney- draw five walks and get hit by a pitch to account for 12 runs. Freshman Mackenzie Whyte bookended the inning with a three-run double to left center. The final 10 runs of the inning came with two outs.
Nevada (9-18, 0-1) could not get its offense going against junior Aubray Zell, who got the start for the Broncos. Zell pitched the first four innings, scattering three hits and a walk while extending her scoreless innings streak to 34. Sophomore Lela Work, the national leader in saves, came on in a non-save situation to close out the game in the top of the fifth inning. Work allowed a hit and a walk with one away before settling down to retire the final two batters of the game for her fifth combined shutout of the season. It is the Broncos' eighth shutout of the year.
Zell picked up the win to move to 6-1 on the season, winning her last six starts. Mallary Darby took the loss for Nevada, Darby (9-11) started and pitched three and two-thirds innings.
Eleven different Broncos scored and eight different players drove in runs. Junior Kellie Caplan and Bridges each scored twice, while Whyte led the way with her three RBI.
The two teams will meet again Saturday, for a doubleheader to wrap up the first weekend of conference play. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. (MT).
Boise State picked up its fifth all-time shutout in conference play and its second shutout in a conference opener (at Utah State, 2009)...The Broncos have shutout Nevada in back-to-back meetings and outscored the Wolf Pack 32-1 in the past three games of the series...All five of Devon Bridges' home runs have come at home...NCAA single-inning run claim based on 2011 NCAA Record Book.