SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Boise State softball team kicked off its spring break tour through California with an 11-2 win over Sacramento State before falling 7-5 in the nightcap on Tuesday. The Broncos (12-18, 3-0) had their season-long win streak snapped at six games, but earned their first true road win of the year.
The Broncos continued their recent hot streak into the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader with a third inning explosion that gave them the upper hand. The Broncos sent 12 batters to the plate in the top of the third to take a commanding 7-0 lead.
The first seven batters of the inning reached base safely, including three straight doubles and six straight hits. Laeha Hill started the rally as she was hit on the elbow by a pitch. Jessi Hanna, Kathy Cox and Allie Crump followed with back-to-back-to-back doubles that put the Broncos on the board with a 3-0 lead. Holly Bourke, Vanessa Alvarez and Tazz Weatherly followed with three consecutive singles to push the lead to 6-0. With two outs, Hill came to the plate for the second time in the inning and stroked an RBI-single to give the Broncos their final run of the inning and a 7-0 lead.
The Hornets responded with two runs in the bottom half of the inning, but the Bronco offense wasn't ready to let up. Nine more batters came to the plate in the top of the fourth and four more runs came across the plate to give the Broncos the final tally of 11-2.
Allie Crump was again lights-out as she won her fifth consecutive decision and career-high eighth game. Crump tossed all five innings, giving up two unearned runs on only two hits and no walks. Crump also struck out two.
The Broncos looked to stay hot in the nightcap against the Hornets, but were stung by a pair of three-run innings as they dropped the game 7-5. Cox scored the Broncos first run in the first as Ashleigh Viers-Gordillo was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. The Hornets responded with three-run homer in the bottom of the first to gain a lead that they wouldn't give back.
The Broncos tied the game with two more runs in the top of the second off a two-run homer by Jessi Hanna. The Broncos would not cross the plate again until the top of the seventh when it was too late. The Hornets scored three more runs in the fourth and another in the fifth to take the 7-3 advantage. The Broncos mounted a small comeback with two runs in the seventh but came up short as the host Hornets escaped with a win.
The Broncos travel to Stockton, Calif. tomorrow to face the Pacific Tigers in another doubleheader. The first pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. (MT).