POCATELLO, Idaho- Allie Crump delivered another late, game-winning home run as Boise State rallied to beat in-state rival Idaho State 7-6, in nine innings Wednesday, at Miller Ranch Stadium. The Broncos (26-13) scored seven unanswered after falling behind 6-0 through two innings. Crump gave Boise State its first lead with her sixth home run of the season in the ninth inning. It was the Broncos' fourth home run of the game.
Boise State scorched three home runs in the third inning, part of five-straight hits to tally five runs and cut into the Bengals' lead. Christina Capobianco recorded the Broncos' first hit of the game when she dropped her fifth homer of the year over the left-field fence. Tara Glover and Devon Bridges each added two-run shots in the inning to get the Broncos back in the game.
According to the NCAA Record Book, Boise State becomes the first school in Division I history to hit at least three home runs in an inning three times. The Broncos accomplished the feat twice in 2011, both times at home.
Boise State tied the game in the fifth inning with an unearned run. With two outs and two on, Crump skied a pitch to the right side of the infield. The ball was dropped and Kellie Caplan, running all the way, scored from second base.
The Broncos put a runner on in each of the next three innings, including two in the sixth and eighth, before Crump finally broke the tie in the ninth.
Idaho State (4-25) staked an early lead against Aubray Zell and the Broncos. The Bengals plated two runs in the first inning on three hits before a grand slam in the second extended the lead to 6-0.
Zell settled into a groove after the tough start, tossing a complete game for the victory. She retired the third inning in order after Boise State's offense came alive. The senior hurler worked out of a two-out jam in the fourth before completely shutting the door on the Bengals. Zell retired the last 16 batters she faced, not allowing the ball to leave the infield for the final five innings.
Zell, now 16-8, ties the school record for wins in a season (Allie Crump, 2010).
Four of Crump's six home runs this season have come in the sixth inning of later, including a walk-off blast March 16, against Portland State. Her shot against Idaho State is the first extra-inning home run in Boise State history.
Caplan, Bridges, Crump and Capobianco each tallied a pair of base hits, as Boise State outhit Idaho State 12-8.
The Broncos are off until April 13, when they host UNLV in Boise State's first Mountain West series. The three-game set features one game each Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Mountain Cove Softball Field.
Boise State leads the all-time series with Idaho State 7-3...the Broncos are 7-7 all-time in extra-inning games...Boise State is 16-0 this season when it hits at least one home run...Tara Glover's 56 hits are tied for fourth on the single-season list...Glover's 33 runs scored are tied for seventh on the single-season list.