Long Ball Reigns Supreme, Broncos Swept By Nevada
BOISE, Idaho The Boise State softball team suffered two losses on Saturday, losing 8-0 and 8-1 to fell victim to a Nevada sweep. The Broncos (18-18, 4-7) fell to the .500 mark for the first time since Mar. 7 and lost their fourth straight game. With the sweep, the Wolf Pack (28-12, 9-2) stay on top of the Western Athletic Conference standings for a second straight week.

Game 1
The Broncos ran into trouble right off the bat as the first five Nevada players scored off a pair of home runs from Brittany Puzey and Kelsey Starr. The Wolf Pack lineup scored all of their runs off the long ball with five home runs in the game.

Junior Mandy Klein pitched five innings in relief for the Broncos, allowing only four hits and three runs while striking out two. Klein entered in the first inning and retired the first four batters she faced to limit the damage in the first inning to five runs.

The Bronco offense was unable to keep pace with the Wolf Pack as Mallary Darby tossed a five inning no-hitter to aid the Wolf Pack in the abbreviated win. Darby struck out eight and the only blemish on her line was two hit batters in the second inning.

Game 2
The Bronco pitching continued to run into trouble in the nightcap as the Wolf Pack hit three more homers to complete the sweep. The Wolf Pack took an early 1-0 lead off a homer in the first and added a pair of two-run shots in the fourth to take the comfortable 5-0 lead.

The Broncos snapped a 24 inning scoreless streak with one run in the fifth. Lexi Straton led off the inning with a bunt single and stole second only a few pitches later. With one out, Kellie Caplan sacrificed Straton over to third. Laeha Hill then knocked an infield single up the middle to bring home Straton.

Next up for the Broncos is a doubleheader in Caldwell, Idaho with the College of Idaho on Tuesday at 5 p.m. The doubleheader will be a rematch of the Mar. 8 game that the Broncos won 4-3 with two runs in the top of the seventh inning. The Broncos will then travel to Las Cruces, N.M. to face New Mexico State to continue WAC play in a three game weekend series.

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