FRESNO, Calif.-Tazz Weatherly sprinted home after a sacrifice fly from Holly Bourke in the bottom of the 13th inning to end the longest game in Boise State softball history and advance in the 2011 Western Athletic Conference Tournament. The Broncos beat Louisiana Tech 3-2, Thursday, at Bulldog Diamond.
Lela Work went toe-to-toe with Louisiana Tech's Meghan Kreigh down the stretch. Work kept the Lady Techsters off the scoreboard on six hits. She did not walk a batter and struck out nine in her nine innings of relief to tie a school record for innings in a single game.
Krieg went the distance (12.2 innings) for Louisiana Tech, striking out 16. She allowed three runs (two earned) on nine hits and eight walks. The game's final run was unearned after a passed ball allowed Weatherly to reach third base.
Trailing 2-0 in the fourth inning, Boise State used a familiar formula to draw even. Allie Crump dropped a leadoff single into left field. Devon Bridges stepped into the box and launched her 15th home run to deep left field. The two-run blast tied the game and gave Bridges the single-season RBI record with 52.
The Bronco freshman finished the game 3-for-3 and also drew three walks.
Louisiana Tech's Allie Geisler drove in the first runs of the game with a two-run double to right center in the top of the third inning. Geisler finished the game 5-for-6.
The game remained 2-2 for the next eight innings before Bourke and the Broncos broke through. Weatherly drew a one-out walk in the 13th and Kellie Caplan singled to left. The passed ball advanced each runner before Bourke skied one into right field, just deep enough to score Weatherly.
Allie Crump started the game for Boise State, pitching four innings. She also delivered two hits at the plate.
It was the Broncos' first game of the tournament after earning a bye with the No. 2 seed. The Lady Techsters were playing their second game as the six seed after upsetting No. 3 Fresno State Wednesday, 2-0. Krieg has pitched every inning of the tournament for Louisiana Tech.
Boise State (33-18) will return to action Friday, at 3 p.m. (MT) against No. 1 New Mexico State. The Aggies used a walk-off home run to win 5-4, Thursday, against Hawai'i.
It is the third-straight year the Broncos have won a game in extra innings at the WAC Tournament.Notes
Boise State is 1-2 in extra-inning games this season and 4-5 all-time...Kellie Caplan was 3-for-7 in the game and now has 60 hits this season...Caplan is the second Bronco to record 60 hits in a season (Kathy Cox, 2010)...Christina Capobianco set a school record with 16 putouts...Boise State picked up all four from Devon Bridges (3), Kellie Caplan (3), Allie Crump (2) and Mackenzie Whyte (1)...Whyte extended her hit streak to eight games.