Broncos Fall Into Loser's Bracket in Pitchers' Duel

FRESNO, Calif. A four-run sixth innings accounted for all of the game’s runs as the Boise State softball team dropped another close game, 4-0, to No. 25 Fresno State. Pitchers Allie Crump and Morgan Melloh battled hard in the circle, but the Bulldogs (34-18) were able to pull away with the victory. The Broncos (22-29) fell into the loser’s bracket of the double elimination tournament and will face No. 3-seeded Hawaii.

After five innings, the Broncos and Bulldogs were stuck in a scoreless as Crump and Melloh were both tossing masterpieces in the circle. Crump allowed four runs and five hits in the complete game loss while striking out four and walking two.  Melloh struck out 10 in the shutout victory.

Three of the Bulldogs five hits came in the sixth inning. With two outs, the bases were loaded after a leadoff single and a pair of walks. The Bulldogs then poked back-to-back singles into right field to score all four of the game’s runs.

The Bulldogs had threatened to score in the fourth inning after a single and an error put a runner on second with two outs.  Lisamarie Coronado then sent a sinking liner in the left center gap. Tazz Weatherly dashed over from center field to make a spectacular diving play that ended the inning and saved a run from scoring.

The Broncos had the bases juiced in the first after a trio of walks in the opening frame, but were shut down before any runs could cross the plate. Laeah Hill and Crump picked up the Broncos only two hits the third inning, but couldn’t advance past second. After that, Melloh retired the next 13 batter in order to secure the win. Crump retired the first eight batters she saw.

The Broncos will face the Rainbow Wahine at 4:45 p.m. (PT) today in an elimination game. Hawaii lost 7-1 to Louisiana Tech on Wednesday night.

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