Broncos Swept In Regular Season Finale
HONOLULU The islands didn’t turn out to be a friendly place as the Boise State softball team fell victim to a sweep at Hawai’i. The Broncos (21-28, 4-16) dropped both games of a doubleheader, 9-1 and 8-3, to the Rainbow Wahine (29-22, 15-6) to end the regular season. The Broncos ended the WAC regular season on a 13-game WAC losing streak.

Game 1
The Rainbow Wahine earned their second consecutive abbreviated victory by scoring in four straight innings to take the early game. After a scoreless first, Hawai’i strung together four hits in the second inning to take a 2-0 lead.

The Broncos cut the lead in half with their first run of the series in the top of the third. Laeha Hill stroked a two-out double and later come in to score on an error to narrow the lead to 2-1. However, the Wahine immediately took back the run with a solo shot to left center in the bottom half of the inning.

That would be as close as the Broncos would come as the Wahine put up three runs in the fourth and fifth innings to earn the abbreviated 9-1 victory. Clare Warwick picked up her second RBI of the day on a sacrifice fly that ended the game.

Game 2
The Rainbow Wahine needed only two innings of scoring to secure the sweep as they exploded for six runs in the third inning to take an early 8-0 lead. The Wahine took advantage of two Bronco errors to score six unearned runs in the inning.

The Broncos tried to climb out of the early hole by chipping away at the lead. Christina Capobianco launched her 11th homer of the season in the fourth to put the Broncos on the board. Kelly Sweeney poked a bases-loaded single into left field in the sixth to cut the lead to 8-2, scoring Allie Crump from third.

Crump tossed six innings for the Broncos, allowing only two earned runs while striking out three. She did not allow a runner past second base in the final three frames to keep the Broncos comeback hopes alive.

The Broncos hung up one more run in the seventh when Crump knocked in Tazz Weatherly with an RBI-single to cut the lead to 8-3. That would be all the Broncos could muster as the Wahine retired the Broncos in the seventh and completed the sweep.

The Broncos hope to keep the offense alive as they will next face San Jose State in Fresno, Calif. at the WAC Tournament on Wednesday. The Broncos and Spartans will face off in game one of the double elimination tournament with the winner moving on to face Fresno State, the regular season WAC champion, on Thursday.

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