Four Run Fourth Dooms Broncos In Series Opener

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BOISE, Idaho The Boise State softball team continued to see April woes with a 5-0 loss to No. 23 Nevada on Friday at Mountain Cove. The Broncos (18-15, 4-5) were unable to advance a runner past second as they suffered their second consecutive shutout.

The game was dominated by pitching on both sides as all pitchers combined for 13 strikeouts. Katie Holverson earned the complete game, shutout victory for the Wolf Pack (27-12, 7-2), allowing only four hits while striking out eight. Freshman Aubray Zell suffered the loss for the Broncos, throwing four innings. Zell allowed five hits and only one earned run although was credited with four unearned runs while striking out two. Allie Crump struck out three in three scoreless innings of relief, and forced the Wolf Pack to strand the bases loaded twice.

The Wolf Pack put up a run in the second off a Kelsey Starr solo home run, but broke open the game with four runs in the fourth. All the runs were scored with two outs after a costly Bronco miscue that allowed the inning to continue, giving the Wolf Pack the decisive lead of 5-0.

Junior Laeha Hill went a perfect 2-for-2 on the day and junior Kathy Cox extended her hitting streak to five games with a hit in the fourth. Cox moved over to second with no outs when Christina Capobianco (1-for-3, one double) reached on an error. Holverson then shut the door with a fly out and two strikeouts to end the inning.

The Broncos will try to get back on the winning track in a doubleheader with the Wolf Pack tomorrow at Mountain Cove at 1 p.m.