Broncos Blast Spartans 12-1 Twice
SAN JOSE, Calif.-Boise State softball scored 24 runs in its doubleheader, Saturday, at San Jose State, winning each game by a score of 12-1. The Broncos racked up 15 hits in each game and won their first two conference series for the first time in school history. Eight different Broncos recorded multi-hit games, while Holly Bourke and Megan Harvey each had five hits on the day.
Boise State (21-13, 5-1) also enjoyed a career day from Mackenzie Whyte, tying a school record with six RBI in the second game, including the fourth grand slam in school history. Whyte recorded three hits in the game after hitting an RBI double in the first game to finish the day 4-for-8 with seven RBI, two runs scored and a walk.
Aubray Zell earned the complete-game victory in the circle, allowing one run on four hits, striking out three and not surrendering a walk. Zell is now 7-1. Harvey and Bourke each notched three hits to lead the Broncos, and Holly Bourke drove in a game-high three runs.
Kelly Sweeney got the scoring started in the second inning with her first home run of the season, a two-run shot to right field.
Three runs in the third inning blew the game open as Bourke and Whyte hit back-to-back doubles. Allie Crump followed with a single and Whyte scored on an error. Crump came in to score after a Devon Bridges single and an RBI groundout by Christina Capobianco.
Alex Molina came on to pitch in relief for San Jose State, getting three quick outs in the third, but ran into trouble in the fourth. Molina walked the leadoff batter and hit the next two to load the bases quickly. The Bronco offense stifled as the only run of the inning came on another walk.
A run scored in the fifth inning on three-consecutive hits from Harvey, Tazz Weatherly and Caplan to make the score 7-0.
The Broncos tacked on five runs in the sixth to push the lead to 12-0. All five runs came with two outs as Boise State was aided by two walks. Caplan and Bourke polished off the scoring, each with two-run singles.
The Spartans needed five runs in the bottom of the frame to keep the game going. Despite getting to Zell for their first run of the game, the home team could not rally and the game ended an inning early.
Boise State picked up production throughout the lineup, but the bottom third of the order was particularly potent. Sweeney, Harvey and Weatherly combined to go 5-for-9 with six runs scored, three walks and three RBI.
The Broncos would add to the lead when Christina Capobianco scorched a home run to center leading off the fourth inning. Whyte added another run in the inning with a two-out RBI single to make the score 3-0.
Allie Crump cruised through the first eight batters, and worked out of trouble with two outs in the third inning to keep the Spartans scoreless.
San Jose State loaded the bases in the bottom of the fifth inning with one out before Lela Work came on in relief. Work pitched out of trouble, allowing one run to score on a ground out.
The score remained 3-1 until Holly Bourke doubled home a run in the top of the sixth inning.
Boise State blew the game open with eight runs in the top of the seventh. Devon Bridges started the big inning with a leadoff home run, her ninth of the season and first away from home. A Bronco hit parade broke out and Boise State had plated four and loaded the bases before recording an out, bringing Whyte to the plate. The freshman capped the scoring with a grand slam, her second-career home run. Boise State brought 13 different batters to the plate in the inning, including the first-career plate appearance for Trisha Nobriga.
Crump earned the win to pick up her 10th of the season. Work, who entered in a three-run game, did not allow a hit or a walk to save her sixth game for the Broncos. She entered the week tied for the national lead in saves.
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