Broncos Downed 5-3 at Colorado State

FORT COLLINS, Colo.-Colorado State struck again with a two-out rally in the third inning to hand Boise State its second-straight loss 5-3, Saturday, at Ram Field. The Broncos (29-15, 3-2 Mountain West) jumped out to an early lead, but could not hang on as the Rams (22-21, 2-3) claimed the series win.

Devon Bridges belted a two-out, two-run home run to left field in the top of the first inning to get the Broncos on the board first. Tara Glover led off the game with a double to extend her hitting streak to seven games. Bridges, whose 10th homer of the season makes her the third Bronco with multiple double-digit home run efforts in her career, is also riding a seven-game hitting streak.

The Rams cut the deficit in half when they started the second inning alternating hit batters and singles in their first four trips to the plate. Boise State starter Allie Crump was able to limit the damage to one run, getting three-straight outs with the bases loaded.

Crump and the Broncos were stricken by a two-out rally in the third inning for the second-consecutive day, this time compounded by errors. The first two batters were retired before a single and an error gave Colorado State a runner in scoring position. Another error scored a run and a two-run home run put the Rams on top 4-2.

Two infield singles and a sac bunt helped Colorado State push another run across in the fourth.

Boise State answered in the fifth when Glover singled up the middle to score Mackenzie Whyte from third. That would be the Broncos' last base runner.

For the second day in a row, Colorado State outscored Boise State 5-3 and outhit the Broncos 8-5. Friday, it was the Rams committing three errors to the Broncos' one, Saturday's line score saw the roles reversed.

Crump took the loss, her first since Feb. 18, to fall to 6-3. She pitched three and one-third innings, allowing five runs (two earned) on seven hits. Crump struck out one and did not walk a batter. Kenzie Cole finished the game in relief, tossing two and two-thirds innings allowing one hit and three walks but keeping the Rams scoreless.

The series concludes Sunday, at 1 p.m., at Ram Field.

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