BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State softball team suffered its first WAC series sweep of the season with a pair of losses to Hawaii, 9-5 and 12-1. The Rainbow Wahine (33-11, 11-0) slugged 11 homers in the two games to defeat the host Broncos (15-25, 4-5). The Broncos slugged three homers of their own in the losses.
The Rainbow Wahine again slugged their way to an early 5-0 lead with three home runs in the first two innings. After a scoreless third, the Wahine put up three more runs to go up 8-0 in the top of the fourth.
The Broncos bats came to life in the bottom of the third with three consecutive hits from Kellie Caplan, Jessi Hanna and Kathy Cox. However, the bases were left loaded to end the inning. The Broncos finally got on the board with a solo homer off the bat of Kelly Sweeney in the bottom of the fourth to avoid the shutout. Ashley Collier shut out the Wahine in the top of the fifth to avoid the run-rule and set up more from the Bronco bats.
The Broncos continued to fight as Tazz Weatherly, Caplan and Hanna strung together three more hits to load the bases with no outs this time. Vanessa Alvarez smashed a hit up the middle to score Weatherly and close the gap to 8-2. Christina Capobianco brought in another run as Caplan scored on her groundout.
The Wahine used another solo shot in the seventh to pad their lead to 9-3. The Broncos weren't done yet as they put up two more in the seventh but fell short of a comeback. Kathy Cox stroked her 15th homer of the year to plate herself and Caplan to cut the lead to 9-5, but that would be as close as the Broncos would get.
Caplan, Hanna and Cox went 7-for -11 in the game at the top of the lineup, led by Caplan's three-hit game.
The Wahine used a six-run fifth to put away the Broncos in the nightcap as they took the game in run-rule fashion, 12-1. The Broncos committed two costly errors in the game that led to seven Wahine runs.
Ashley Collier started the game in the circle and shut down the Wahine in the first inning, but ran into trouble in the second as Alex Aguirre gave the Wahine a 2-0 lead with a two-run home run.
Christina Capobianco then led off the bottom of the inning with a solo home run that was lasered over the left center field fence. The homer cut the lead in half but it wouldn't last for long as the Wahine put up two runs in the third and two more in the fourth before their six run explosion in the fifth.
Caplan collected two of the Broncos three hits in the game to add to her career-day. She finished 5-for-6 in the doubleheader and 6-for-9 in the series.
The Broncos hit the road on Tuesday for a doubleheader with in-state rival, Idaho State, in Pocatello at 2 p.m. They return home next weekend for a three-game series with Utah State on Friday and Saturday.