Broncos Breakout Of Offensive Slump In Split With College Of Idaho

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BOISE, Idaho The Boise State softball team broke out of an April-long slump in a big way with a 12-2 win over the College of Idaho, but split the twinbill after dropping the first game 4-3 in eight innings in Caldwell, Idaho. For the Broncos (19-19, 4-7), it was the first time they had put up more than four runs since Mar. 23 in a loss to Utah Valley. The Broncos edged out the season series over the Lady Yotes (20-15) 2-1 with the win in the nightcap.

Game 1
After an exciting 4-3 game at the State of Idaho Tournament on Mar. 5, the Broncos and Lady Yotes were primed for another down-to-the-wire finish. The first game was another nail biter with the Lady Yotes getting the better of the Broncos on a walkoff homer in the bottom of the eighth.

Heather Dixon was the hero for the Lady Yotes with the game-winning bomb to left center. Dixon was 2-for-3 in the game with three RBI. Her other RBI came in the bottom of the fourth when she singled down the left field line to tie the game at 2-2.

The game-ending homer came after the Broncos had taken a 3-2 lead in the top half of the eighth. With two outs, Jessi Hanna stroked a base hit into right center to score Kellie Caplan from second for the go-ahead run. The Broncos scored their other two runs I the top half of the fourth to break a scoreless tie. Kelly Sweeney picked up an RBI groundout and Laurel Wyatt banged in an RBI single to give the Broncos the initial 2-0 lead.

Despite clutch hitting on both sides, Allie Crump and Jody Zillner engaged in a classic pitcher’s duel. Crump took the loss, but allowed only six hits and two earned runs over 7.2 innings. She also struck out nine batters, which was matched by Zillner. Zillner scattered eight hits over eight innings, allowing two earned runs and forcing the Broncos to strand nine baserunners in the game.

Game 2
The nightcap brought the offensive breakout that head coach Erin Thorpe had been looking for. Kathy Cox broke a three game hitless streak, going 3-for-5 with new team-highs of five RBI and four runs scored. Wyatt also had a breakout game with a career-high four RBI in a 3-for-5 performance.

The Broncos scored early and often to quickly open up a big lead. In the first, Cox picked up her first RBI on a single to center to get the Broncos on the board. Kelsey Perkins later smashed a single to left to give the Broncos a 2-0 lead. In the second, Wyatt stroked a two-RBI single to put the Broncos ahead 4-0. Cox then put the game out of reach in the third with a three-run shot over the wall in left center after Laeha Hill’s RBI-double earlier in the inning.

The Lady Yotes avoided the run-rule with a pair of runs in the fifth while holding the Broncos scoreless in the fifth and sixth frames. However, the Broncos three more runs in the seventh thanks to another RBI-single from Cox and another two-RBI single from Wyatt.

The 12 runs were more than Aubray Zell would need as she dominated in the circle for the Broncos. Zell scattered five hits over seven innings while striking out six and allowing only two unearned runs. She picked up her team-leading 11th win with her outstanding performance.

The Broncos will hope to keep the bats hot when they travel to Las Cruces, N.M. for a three-game series with New Mexico State this weekend. The WAC-series kicks off with a doubleheader on Friday at 5 p.m. and concludes with a single game on Saturday at 2 p.m.