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Broncos Clinch Final Seed in WAC Tournament, Fall TO Hawai'i

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HONOLULU Before it even took the field against Hawai’i on Friday, the Boise State softball team clinched the seventh and final seed in the 2009 WAC Tournament. That would be the high point of the day as the Broncos (21-26, 4-14) fell victim to a no-hitter for the third time this year, losing 8-0 in five innings. The Rainbow Wahine (27-22, 13-6) put together two big innings offensively and rode a dominating performance from Stephanie Ricketts to the abbreviated victory.

The Broncos clinched the final seed with a pair of Utah State losses on Friday to Fresno State. The Bulldogs swept the evening doubleheader 10-0 and 9-0 to eliminate the Aggies.

The Wahine wasted no time in getting on the board as they put up three runs in the first inning to jump out to an early lead. Back-to-back doubles brought in all three runs in the inning off Mandy Klein, who started her seventh game of the year.

Klein cruised through the second inning, allowing only one single in the inning before retiring the side, but ran into more trouble in the third. The first five batters reached base in the third, including four of the five singles in the inning, to chase Klein after two innings pitched. Aubray Zell entered the game and allowed one more single before pitching out of the jam, but four runs had come across the plate to give the Wahine a 7-0 lead.

Audrey Andrade (2-for-3 with two RBI and one run scored) stroked her second double of the day in the fourth and came in to score in the next at-bat to give the Wahine a decisive 8-0 lead.

Rickettts tossed her ninth shutout of the season with the abbreviated no-hitter. She struck out four and faced one batter over the minimum as Laeha Hill and Christina Capobianco reached on a pair of errors, but never advanced past first base.

The Broncos will take to the diamond again on Saturday at 6 p.m. (MT) in search of revenge on the Wahine as they finish up their regular season before heading to Fresno for the WAC Tournament. The Broncos will face San Jose State in the first round of the double elimination tournament on Wednesday.