EUGENE, Ore.- Boise State softball dropped a pair of games Wednesday, at No. 17/16 Oregon, snapping the Broncos' 11-game winning streak. Boise State (25-12) lost the first game 4-1 and dropped the night cap 14-6 in five innings.
Aubray Zell took a complete-game loss in the early contest, allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits and two walks.
No. 17/16 Oregon 4 Boise State 1
Oregon (21-6) broke open a tie game in the bottom of the sixth inning after three bunt singles and a Boise State error plated one and put runners at second and third. Kailee Cuico punched a single through the left side to score two more and give the Ducks a 4-1 advantage.
The Broncos took an early lead in the top of the first inning. After Tara Glover reached on a walk to start the game, she made it around to third with one out. Allie Crump pushed her in with a ground out to second base as Boise State struck first.
Oregon tied it up in the fourth when Kelsey Chambers delivered a home run to center for the first base hit by either team. The score remained 1-1 until the decisive sixth inning.
Zell set the single-season strikeout record when she struck out the side in the second inning. She now has 132 on the season, surpassing Crump's 2010 mark of 130.
A one-out single was all Boise State could put together in the top of the seventh.
Oregon starter Jessica Moore also went the distance, allowing just three hits and striking out 10.
No. 17/16 Oregon 14 Boise State 6 (5 innings)
Oregon got its offense going early in the second game of the day, scoring eight runs in the first inning. The Ducks picked up six hits in the inning off of Bronco starter Kenzie Cole, who was also let down by three errors behind her.
Boise State scored once in the fourth against relief pitcher Samantha Pappas as Jordan Kreiger drew a bases-loaded walk. It looked as though the Broncos could stave off the eight-run rule, but they left three runners on and Oregon struck again in the bottom of the inning.
A one-out error seemingly opened the flood gates and Oregon poured on six more runs in the bottom of the fourth. A trio of two-run doubles did all of the damage and the Ducks led 14-1 after four.
The Broncos assembled a last-ditch effort to extend the game in the top of the fifth, but came up just short. They scored five runs in the inning as Pappas issued five walks in the frame. The first three free passes loaded the bases with two outs. Two more bases on balls tacked on two runs before Kreiger stepped up. After falling behind in the count 0-2, she fouled off a pair of pitches then dropped a double into right center that unloaded the bases and brought the Broncos within eight. A strikeout ended the two-out rally and the game.
Cole made the start for Boise State in the circle and pitched all four innings. She gave up 10 hits while striking out four and walking three. The freshman hurler retired nine-straight Ducks between the first and fourth innings, but tough stretches at the beginning and end of her outing decided the game. Eight of the 14 runs allowed were earned.
Megan Harvey, a Eugene native, scored two runs in game two. Harvey singled and walked.
Boise State managed just one hit off of Oregon starting pitcher Karissa Hovinga in her three innings.
The second game was finished under protest. Boise State head coach officially protested a call in the top of the first inning.
and Ducks will meet again Thursday, with first pitch scheduled for noon (PT) at Howe Field.Notes
Tara Glover went 0-for-2 in the first game as her hitting streak came to an end at 11 games...Glover drew a walk in each contest as she has now reached base in 24-consecutive games...the Ducks lead the all-time series 5-0.