Bronco Softball Falls in First Game of Road Trip

PROVO, Utah-Boise State softball dropped the first game of its seven-game road trip to Utah Valley 3-2, Tuesday, in Provo, Utah. The Wolverines (7-14) won on a bases loaded single in the bottom of the seventh inning to send the Broncos (18-11) to their first loss against a team outside the top 25 in more than a month.

After working out of a jam in the top of the seventh, Utah Valley loaded the bases against Lela Work in her first inning in the circle. Amanda Perez shot a single through the middle to bring in the winning run.

The Broncos took an early lead with one run in the first inning. After two quick outs, Christina Capobianco and Allie Crump walked and singled, respectively to put a runner in scoring position for the reigning WAC Hitter of the Week, Devon Bridges. A single through the left side scored the first run of the game and gave Bridges an RBI in five-straight games.

Utah Valley came right back to take the lead in the bottom of the first, thanks to a walk, a single, an error and an illegal pitch.

Boise State responded quickly with another two-out RBI in the top of the second, this time it was Capobianco scoring Kellie Caplan.

The score remained knotted at two until the Wolverine's ended it in the bottom of the seventh.

Allie Crump started the game in the circle for the Broncos, pitching six innings. Crump allowed two runs, one earned, on five hits and three walks. She also struck out three.

Boise State let opportunities slip away on the field and at the plate. The defense tied a season high with four errors. The offense left runners in scoring position four times, including stranding a runner at third base in the first, second and fifth innings.

The Broncos trotted out a different starting lineup than they have shown much of the season. Tazz Weatherly and Kelly Sweeney earned their first rest of the season. Ashley Collier filled Weatherly's position in center field, and Work earned her second-career start at third base. Weatherly pinch hit in the sixth inning and stayed in defensively, Sweeney came on at third base when Work became the pitcher.

It is a quick turnaround for Boise State as it travels to Salt Lake City for a doubleheader Wednesday, against Utah. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. (MT).

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