MORAGA, Calif.-Boise State softball finished its seven-game road swing with a 5-3 win, Sunday, at Saint Mary's. The Broncos (22-13) took a 5-0 lead and held on for the victory as the Gaels (4-13) fell short in their late-inning rally.
Boise State got to Saint Mary's early with two runs on four singles in the first inning. Kellie Caplan scored on a passed ball and Allie Crump drove in Holly Bourke for the quick advantage. Devon Bridges also singled in the inning to reach base safely for the 25th-straight game and extend her hitting streak to five.
The Broncos tacked on three unearned runs later, one in the fourth and two in the sixth. Megan Harvey drove in Kelly Sweeney in the fourth inning. Sweeney scored again in the sixth inning when Kellie Caplan pushed her around. Tazz Weatherly also picked up an RBI in the sixth.
Aubray Zell started for the Broncos and pitched three near-perfect innings. The only base runner against Zell reached on an error.
Lela Work pitched the final four innings to pick up the win in relief. Work allowed three runs on six hits, striking out four and not walking a batter. Work is now 4-5 on the year and has factored in the decision in seven of Boise State's last 11 games.
The Gaels' first run came in the sixth inning as they led off with a double and a single. A one-out single drove the run in before a double play ended the threat.
The home team would make the Broncos sweat in the final inning as Brittany Sabatini hit a two-run home run off the left-field foul pole to trim the lead to two. Work retired the next two batters, including a strikeout to end the game.
The Broncos used their speed to keep the pressure on Saint Mary's, recording four stolen bases. Weatherly swiped her 10th bag of the year, became the fifth Bronco to record double-digit steals in a single season.
Boise State has just two nonconference games remaining this season-an April 18, doubleheader at Weber State-as it heads into the heart of its conference schedule. The Broncos are next in action when they play host to Louisiana Tech April 8 and 9, at Mountain Cove Softball Field.