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Broncos Snap Five Game Skid, Split Twinbill With Spartans

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SAN JOSE, Calif. The Boise State softball team snapped its losing streak on Saturday with a doubleheader split at San Jose State. The Broncos (18-14, 4-4)  took the early game 4-2 to end their five-game skid before losing 8-0 in the nightcap. The Spartans (16-24, 4-5) took the season series 2-1 with their win.

Game 1
The Broncos offense came out firing in the first game and so did Aubray Zell in the circle. In the top of the first, the Broncos put up two quick runs to take the early lead. Laeha Hill led off the game with a single into center and was followed by a Lexi Straton walk. Kathy Cox continued to swing a hot bat with an RBI-double to left center that scored both runs for the Broncos. The Spartans responded with a two-run homer in the bottom half by Kelli Fangonilo to tie the score at 2-2.

That would be all the Spartans could plate in the game as Zell never allowed a Spartan runner past second base for the rest of the game. Zell broke out of a slump with a complete game win, earning her team leading tenth win on the season. The freshman pitcher allowed only the two runs on five hits and one walk while striking out five. She responded to the home run by retiring the next nine batters in order.

The go-ahead came in the third inning for the Broncos. Lexi Straton came in to score on an error to give the Broncos a 3-2 lead. They put up an insurance run in the sixth as well. Christina Capobianco led off the inning with a single. Three batters later, Kellie Caplan stoked a double down the left field line to score Tazz Weatherly, pinch running for Capobianco, giving the Broncos a 4-2 lead and eventually the win.

Game 2
After snapping the losing streak, the Bronco bats fell silent in the nightcap as Spartan starter Amanda Pridemore allowed only two hits in the abbreviated shutout. She received a lot of support from the Spartan offense that put up four runs in the second and three in the fourth en route to the victory.

Cox and Straton picked up the only two Bronco hits as Allie Crump struggled in the circle. Crump was credited with five runs and one inning pitched. Mandy Klein came in relief of Crump in the second inning although Crump was credited with all four runs. Klein gave up the three runs in the fourth, allowing six hits and striking out three in three innings of work.

The Broncos return home next weekend for a three-game series with Nevada, who is starting to crack the national polls. The Wolf Pack and Broncos will face off on Friday at 3 p.m. and hit the diamond for a doubleheader on Saturday at 1 p.m.