Broncos Offense Comes To Life, But Fall Twice To Aggies
LAS CRUCES, N.M. Runs came in bunches all day long as the Boise State softball team dropped both games of a Friday night doubleheader at New Mexico State. The Broncos (19-21, 4-9) continued to show some offensive might, but were unable to keep up with high powered bats of the Aggies (26-14, 6-4). The Aggies took the first game 8-4 with the help of a grand slam and outslugged the Broncos 10-9 in game two.

Game 1
A quick start for the Broncos wasn’t enough to hold off the high scoring Aggies as New Mexico State scored seven runs in the fifth and sixth innings to take the victory. The Broncos were holding on to a narrow 2-1 lead until Tiare Jennings hit a grand slam in the fifth to give the Aggies their first lead of the  night, 5-2. The Aggies then put up three more runs in the sixth to pad their lead to 8-2.

Junior Kathy Cox got things started in a hurry for the Broncos with a two-run homer in the top of the first. Laeha Hill led off the game with a single and then came in to score on the homer.

Allie Crump took the loss in the circle, but hit her first career home run in the top of the seventh. Crump cruised through the first four innings, limiting the high powered Aggies offense to three hits and one run in the first four frames.

Kim Watson also did her part in the circle after allowing the early home run. Watson retired 11 straight Broncos from the third inning until the sixth, giving her team the opportunity for the comeback win.

Game 2
The nightcap began the same way that the preceding game ended with runs galore. The Broncos came out of the gates with a pair of runs in the top of first. Cox hit her second homer of the day with Tazz Weatherly on second to give the Broncos an early 2-0 lead. The Aggies responded in the bottom of the second with six runs. The Aggies strung together seven singles and set 11 batters to the plate in the six-run inning to take a 6-2 lead.

The young Broncos fought back to duplicate the feat with a six-run inning of their own in the top of the third. Kellie Caplan led off the inning with the first homer of her young career to cut the lead to 6-3. The next five Broncos reached base safely, including a pair of RBI walks from Crump and Ashleigh Viers-Gordillo and an RBI single from Christina Capobianco. Kelly Sweeney followed with an RBI single of her own. The Broncos then scored once more on an error to regain an 8-6 lead.

The Aggies continued the scoring run with two more runs in the bottom half of the third to tie the game at 8-8. However, Capobianco would respond with another RBI single to regain a 9-8 lead. The Aggies then concluded the scoring with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth on a trio of doubles to give them a 10-9 lead and eventual final score.

The Broncos will look for revenge on New Mexico State tomorrow at 2 p.m in a single game that will be aired live on Altitude.

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