Broncos Fall To Wahine in Series Opener

BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State softball team was run-ruled for the first time in WAC play this year with a 15-1 loss to No. 25 Hawaii at Mountain Cove. The Rainbow Wahine's (31-11, 9-0) 15 runs are the most runs given up by the Broncos (15-23, 4-3) in their short history.

The Broncos could not find an answer to the powerful Rainbow Wahine lineup as the visitors stroked five home runs to secure the victory. The Wahine got the scoring started early on a two-run homer by Melissa Gonzalez in the top of the first. Another homer in the top of the second gave the Wahine a 5-0 lead, which they doubled with their first of two five-run innings in the top of the third.

In the bottom of the third, the Broncos threatened to get on the board when Holly Bourke led off the inning with a single and advanced to second on an error. After she was sacrificed over to third by Allie Crump, Bourke was cut down at home on a ground ball to Traci Yoshikawa. The Broncos did get on the board in the bottom of the fourth for their only run of the game. Kelly Sweeney walked with one out, advanced to second on a ground ball and scored when Tazz Weatherly's grounder to first was booted into right field.

The Wahine again padded their lead with five runs in the top of the fifth although only one was earned. Lela Work pitched well in relief for the Broncos as she gave up only one earned run on three hits while striking out three in 2.2 innings of work.

Kathy Cox also collected another multi-hit performance with hits in the first and seventh innings. Her two hits accounted for half of the Broncos' four hits in the game.

The Broncos will look for revenge on the Wahine tomorrow in a doubleheader at Mountain Cove with the first game scheduled for 1 p.m.

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