LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The Boise State softball team fell just short of a second comeback win as it dropped its second round game of the WAC Tournament 5-4 to Fresno State. Kathy Cox hit two home runs for the Broncos (27-31), including a two-run shot in the top of the seventh that tied up the game at 4-4. The Bulldogs (37-16) scored the winning run on a sacrifice fly from Caitlin Stiglich in the bottom of the seventh.
Stiglich had four RBI on the day as she kicked off the scoring with a three-RBI double in the bottom of the first. The big time double gave the Bulldogs a 3-0 lead as they became the second team in as many days to jump out to a big lead in the opening frame.
Aubray Zell settled in after a rough start and shut down the Bulldogs over the middle frames. Zell had three strikeouts in the complete game loss, and kept her team in the game as she did not allow a run until an unearned run crossed the plate in the sixth.
The Bronco offense scored all four of their runs on home runs. Maghan Yurek put the Broncos on the board with a solo shot in the top of the third. In the fifth, Cox hit her first homer of the day to cut the lead to 3-2. After the Bulldogs padded their lead in the sixth inning with a lone run, Cox struck again in the seventh. The Broncos were down to their final out with Kellie Caplan on second. Cox promptly smashed her second homer of the day and third of the tournament to left center to tie up the game at 4-4. With the two-run shot, Cox set the WAC record for homers in the WAC Tournament with three.
The Bulldogs loaded the bases again in the seventh to set up Stiglich's game-winning sacrifice fly.
Game 2 vs. Louisiana Tech
Allie Crump led the Broncos to an 8-2 win over by scattering five hits over six-plus innings to earn her 16th win in the circle. Crump also struck out five batters and walked two while allowing just two runs. Lela Work pitched a perfect seventh inning to close the door on the Lady Techsters.
At the plate, eight Bronco starters had at least one hit while Christina Capobianco was the only Bronco to record multiple hits. Seven different Broncos also recorded one RBI in the game as the Broncos advanced through the losers' bracket in the WAC Tournament.
The Lady Techsters were the first to score when they scratched out a run in the third. The Broncos responded in a big way in the bottom of the fifth with five runs to take the commanding 5-1 lead. Two Lady Techster errors in the inning led to five unearned runs for the Broncos who took full advantage of the extra opportunities. Four consecutive Broncos recorded RBI hits, starting with Kelly Sweeney with a single to center. Tazz Weatherly knocked a double off the wall in left just a few pitches later to score another run. Kellie Caplan and Jessi Hanna smashed back-to-back singles to complete the scoring in the inning.
The Broncos padded their lead in the sixth with three more runs on the board. Kathy Cox kicked off the scoring with an RBI-single to left before Vanessa Alvarez scored the second run of the inning with a sacrifice fly. Capobianco completed the scoring with a screaming line drive that bounced off Meghan Krieg into left field, allowing another run to score.
That would be all the Broncos would need as the Techsters scratched out a lone run in the seventh before Work recorded the game's last out.
The Broncos are back in action tomorrow when they take on the No. 5-seeded San Jose State in another elimination game at 4:30 p.m.