BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State softball team fell victim to a doubleheader sweep at the hands of Idaho State for the first time in school history with 5-3 and 7-5 losses on Tuesday at Mountain Cove. The Broncos (20-27, 7-5 WAC) committed six errors on the day, including a new program-high five errors in the first game. The Bengals' (11-28, 3-5 PCSC) sweep snapped the Broncos' five-game win streak and evened the season series at 2-2.
The Broncos committed five errors in the game, which led to four unearned runs as the Bengals downed the Broncos 5-3. The Bengals took advantage early as the Broncos committed two errors with two outs in the top of the second, which led to a quick 3-0 lead. The Broncos responded with a lone run in the bottom half of the inning as Tazz Weatherly singled with two outs, stole second, and scored on an RBI single by Laeha Hill.
The Broncos closed the gap with another run in the bottom of the fourth to make the score 3-2. Weatherly came up with another clutch two-out hit as she plated Maghan Yurek with a single to the right center gap. Yurek was pinch running for Vanessa Alvarez who had singled earlier in the inning.
Just as the Broncos appeared to gain momentum, the Bengals stole it right back with a run in the fifth and another in the sixth to push the lead to 5-2 and ultimately out of reach for the Broncos. However, Holly Bourke almost tied up the ballgame in the sixth with a blast that went off the fence in right center. The double came with two runners on base and scored Alvarez but the Broncos would not be able to scratch across any more runs.
In the nightcap, the Bengal bats came to life as they outhit the Broncos 12-9 on their way to a 7-5 victory. Nora Maschue had quieted the Bronco offense until the sixth inning when the Broncos started their attempt at a comeback. However, it was too little too late as Kandis Clesson shut the door on the Bronco comeback.
Alvarez hit a clutch two-run homer in the sixth to close the gap, which had grown to 7-1 before the inning. With the score 7-3, the Ashley Collier shut down the Bengals in the seventh. The Broncos received another round-tripper from Ashleigh Viers-Gordillo that closed the lead to 7-5 before Clesson forced the Broncos into two groundouts to end the game.
The Bengals had built the big lead thanks to a pair of big innings in the fifth and sixth. The Bengals loaded the bases with no outs in the fifth and capitalized by plating four runs in the inning to take their first lead of the game. They knocked across two more in the sixth to take the commanding 7-1 lead.
The Broncos were actually the first to get on the board as Kelly Sweeney blasted her second homer of the year to give the Broncos a 1-0 lead in the second. Taylor Marchione answered in the third with a solo shot of her own.
The Broncos make their first trip to Ruston, La. this Friday and Saturday to take on Louisiana Tech in a three-game WAC series. The Broncos and Lady Techsters square off at 5 p.m. (MT) on Friday and will play a doubleheader on Staurday beginning at noon (MT).