SAN DIEGO- San Diego State scored seven unanswered runs to defeat Boise State 7-1 Sunday, in the Broncos' final Mountain West game of the year. The Aztecs used a four-run fourth inning to break a 1-1 tie and seize control of the game.
The Broncos (34-17, 8-4 MW) will now wait for San Diego State (28-21, 7-2 MW) to play at UNLV May 10-12, to learn their conference-championship fate. Two losses by the Aztecs would force at least a two-way tie atop the standings. Colorado State (5-4) is also still in play for a piece of the title. The Rams host New Mexico next weekend, needing a sweep to stay alive. Boise State holds the head-to-head tiebreaker against the Aztecs, but San Diego State has the advantage in a three-way deadlock. There is also the possibility of a two-way tie between the Broncos and Rams, in which case Colorado State would earn the Mountain West's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
San Diego State tied the game with one run in the fourth inning. A hit batter and back-to-back singles all with one out led to the tally against Bronco starter Aubray Zell.
Zell ran into more trouble in the fifth. An RBI groundout plated the go-ahead run but left a runner at second with two away. A single and a long home run put the Aztecs on top 5-1 and chased Zell from the game. Zell dropped to 20-11 on the season, allowing five runs on nine hits and a walk.
Lela Work finished the game allowing two hits, including a two-run home run in the sixth inning to provide the final margin.
Boise State struck first with a run on three hits in the second inning. Allie Crump started the inning with a one-out single. With two away and a runner at first, Jordan Kreiger dribbled a slow roller between first and second for an infield single. A 10-pitch at bat for Mackenzie Whyte resulted in a walk to load the bases as Katie Engelbrecht stepped to the plate. Engelbrecht bounced the first pitch up the middle to stake the Broncos to a 1-0 lead.
Aztec starter Bailey Micetich regrouped before Tara Glover stepped into the batter's box. Micetich got Glover to swing through a 0-2 pitch and never looked back. She retired the final 16 Bronco hitters, including 12 strikeouts. Glover struck out twice, her first two punch outs in conference play, as her 13-game hitting streak and 37-game reached-base-safely streaks came to an end.
Despite the 0-for-3 finish, Glover put together one of the most impressive individual conference seasons in Mountain West history. Her .622 batting average, .638 on-base percentage and 1.067 slugging percentage all rank second in conference history for conference-only games. Glover's 28 hits against MW foes are tied for seventh all-time, cracking the top 10 with just a 12-game conference schedule when all other spots on the list are occupied by players with at least 18 games.
Micetich limited the Broncos to three hits and one walk-all in the second inning-while striking out 13 for her 14th win of the season.
Boise State wraps up its regular-season schedule May 10-12, against Texas A&M at Mountain Cove Softball Field. All three games are set for 4 p.m. (MT). The Broncos will recognize six seniors playing their final home game Saturday. Kellie Caplan, Christina Capobianco, Allie Crump, Kelly Sweeney, Tazz Weatherly and Aubray Zell are the first four-year class in program history.