Broncos Suffer First Conference Loss

SAN JOSE, Calif.-Boise State softball twice let a lead slip away twice in a 5-3 loss at San Jose State in the first game of a Western Athletic Conference series. The Broncos managed just two hits against the Spartans' 10.

The game was decided in the fourth inning when San Jose State (14-21, 1-3) scored three two-out runs to take a 5-3 lead after Boise State (19-12, 3-1) had jumped out to a one-run advantage in the top of the inning.

The Broncos struck first with two runs in the top of the first inning after a pair of walks and a double from Devon Bridges. It would be the last hit for Boise State until the sixth inning.

The host Spartans plated two in the bottom of the second inning to tie the game against Bronco starter Allie Crump. A leadoff home run cut the lead in half and the next batter walked. That baserunner would come around to score on two illegal pitch calls and a wild pitch.

San Jose State put the first two batters of the third on base to chase Crump from the circle. Lela Work entered the game and got out of the jam to keep the game tied.

Boise State came off the field and took the lead on a pair of Spartan miscues. Kelly Sweeney led off the inning reaching on a fielding error. She took second on a ground out and third on a fly out. The throw from the outfield sailed past third base and into the dugout allowing Sweeney to score the go-ahead run.

The lead did not last long with San Jose State dumping three singles down the left field line in the bottom of the fourth inning followed by a double to right, accounting for the final three runs of the game.

Work pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the fifth, but the Bronco bats stayed cold in their final two opportunities. A Vanessa Alvarez single in the sixth inning would provide the only threat as Jennifer Ames picked up the complete-game victory. Work took the loss to fall to 3-5 on the season.

The Broncos first conference road trip continues with a doubleheader Saturday, beginning at 1 p.m. (MT) from SJSU Field.

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