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  • Boise State 3 Louisiana Tech 2 (13) | Box Score
  • New Mexico State 7 Boise State 0 | Box Score
  • Fresno State 3 Boise State 2 | Box Score

Live Tournament Updates (all times Pacific)

9:10 p.m.
Final from Fresno: Fresno State 3, Boise State 2. The winning run scores on a wild pitch in the bottom of the seventh.

Recap to follow.

8:27 p.m.
The Broncos stretched their lead to 2-0 in the fifth, but Fresno State answered right back with a two-out, two-run double to tie the game.

7:45 p.m.
After three complete, Boise State leads 1-0 on a Devon Bridges solo homer in the second.

6:50 p.m.
Boise State is taking infield here at Bulldog Diamond in preparation for its game with No. 3 Fresno State. The Bulldogs earned a spot in this game with a 1-0 win against Louisiana Tech just moments ago. That eliminated the Lady Techsters and the story of the tournament thus far, Meghan Kreig. The Louisiana Tech hurler threw every pitch of every inning in the tournament in putting her team on her shoulder. Krieg tossed more than 500 pitches in 33.2 innings of work, allowing just four earned runs, five total.

The lineup for Boise State looks similar to what we saw down the stretch of the season:

Caplan, 2b
Bourke, lf
Whyte, ss
Crump, 1b
Bridges, rf
Capobianco, dp
Sweeney, 3b
Harvey, c
Weatherly, cf
Zell, p

3:55 p.m.
It's gone final. Boise State drops to the loser's bracket with a 7-0 loss to No. 1 New Mexico State. It is the first shutout for the Bronco offense since Feb. 25.

Be sure to check back for a game recap and information on who Boise State will take on later tonight in an elimination game.

Fresno State and Louisiana Tech will take the field at 4:35 (PT), and the Broncos get the winner of that game immediately after.

3:45 p.m.
Unless something changes quickly, Boise State will be back in action tonight. The Broncos trail 7-0 going to the bottom of the sixth. The fifth inning featured controversy in each half of the frame as Boise State was held scoreless after tough call on a trap/catch situation in center. New Mexico State scored four runs in the fifth on the heels of more calls the Bronco coaching staff disagreed about.

2:48 p.m.
The Broncos and Aggies head to the bottom of the fourth inning with New Mexico State holding a 2-0 advantage. The Aggies scored on a two-run homer from the national leader in home runs Hoku Nohara in the first inning. She came to bat after a two-out error.

1:55 p.m.
The broadcast is about to get started from Fresno. Lineups are being introduced, changes in store for the Broncos.

Caplan, 2b
Bourke, lf
Crump, 1b
Bridges, rf
Capobianco, c
Weatherly, cf
Sweeney, 3b
Harvey, dp
Whyte, ss
Zell, p

1:10 p.m.
Back at Bulldog Diamond, it's another sunny day in Fresno. The Broncos are taking batting practice in the batting cages on the first base side. Nex Mexico State is getting ready to take infield. Boise State is the visitor in this game, but not because New Mexico State is the higher seed. It was determined last night on a coin flip.

The Broncos are sporting a new look: Blue jerseys, blue pants and orange socks. The Aggies are going with white-crimson-white.

This, of course, a rematch of the regular season finale which decided the conference champion. Boise State entered the series in Las Cruces alone in first place by a game. New Mexico State used two one-run wins and a run-rule win to sweep the series and finish in first place by itself.

Boise State is out to change history in this one. Each year this series has been dominated by one team. The Aggies swept the three-game series in 2009. The Broncos took all three regular-season meetings in 2010 and the WAC Tournament opener from New Mexico State.

The winner advances to the championship game tomorrow. The loser plays an elimination game tonight.

12:20 a.m.
We already knew Boise State would meet New Mexico State Friday in the winners' bracket game at 2 p.m. (PT). The Thursday evening games determined the first teams to be eliminated from the tournament.

Fresno State took down Hawai'i 2-1, to send the Rainbow Wahine home.

Louisiana Tech turned to Meghan Kreig again in the nightcap against Utah State. The Lady Techsters stayed alive with a 4-1 win. Krieg pitched another complete game and has thrown 26.2 innings, allowing 3 earned runs in the tournament thus far.

The winner of the Bronco-Aggie game will advance to the championship game Saturday. The loser will play an elimination game against the winner of Friday's rematch between Fresno State and Louisiana Tech, Friday night at 7 p.m (PT).

5:45 p.m.
It's over! A final from Fresno, Boise State with a 3-2 win in 13 innings against Louisiana Tech. A sacrifice fly from Holly Bourke scored Tazz Weatherly to end the game. The Broncos advance to play No. 1 New Mexico State tomorrow, at 2 p.m. (PT). The winner will advance to the tournament championship game.

Winning pitcher: Lela Work (5-6), 9 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 9 K, 0 BB
Losing pitcher: Meghan Kreig (11-23), 12.2 IP, 9 H, 3 R (2 ER), 16 K, 8 BB

Devon Bridges (Boise State): 3-for-3, HR, 2 RBI, 3 BB
Allie Geisler (La Tech): 5-for-6, 2B, 2 RBI

Check back soon for a recap.

4:50 p.m.
Bottom of the 10th on the way. Lela Work a nice job escaping trouble in the top of the inning. After allowing two, one-out singles, Work struck out the next two batters. It's Mackenzie Whyte leading off to get something started for the Broncos.

4:35 p.m.
Make it the first 10-inning game in Boise State history. Still knotted at two.

4:25 p.m.
Bottom of the ninth coming. Just the third time Boise State has played a nine-inning game. Kelly Sweeney leads off the frame as the Broncos try to end it.

4:05 p.m.
Still 2-2 as we go to the bottom of the seventh. Broncos looking to end the game and advance to play No. 1 New Mexico State tomorrow for a trip to the title game.

...Extras it is.

3:30 p.m.
Devon Bridges homers to left field in the fourth. The two-run shot ties the game at two, and gives Bridges the single-season RBI record.

Lela Work comes in the game to pitch the fifth inning. Still tied 2-2 with 9-1-2 due up for Boise State in the bottom of the fifth.

2:53 p.m.
Louisiana Tech gets on the board first with a two-run double from Allie Geisler. It's 2-0 as we head to the bottom of the third. Top of the lineup due for the Broncos.

2:03 p.m.
Game time has been set for 2:10 (PT) for the Broncos WAC Tournament opener. We are currently working out the last kinks with the internet audio feed. The music is off and lineups are about to be read here at Bulldog Diamond.

Boise State will send Allie Crump to the circle, while Meghan Krieg gets the start for Louisiana Tech. Krieg was the winner yesterday against Fresno State, tossing a shutout.

1:32 p.m.
Go figure. A walk-off home run for Hoku Nohara ends the game 5-4 in New Mexico State's favor. The Aggies' late-game heroics continue and they advance to a game tomorrow between the winner of the Boise State-Louisiana Tech game.

Hawai'i falls into a loser-out game few would have suspected at the beginning of the season. No. 3 Fresno State, which lost 2-0 last night to the Lady Techsters, will take on the Rainbow Wahine at 4:30 (PT) this afternoon. The host or the defending champion will be eliminated today, but the regular-season champion moves on with another one-run win.

1:20 p.m.
Hawai'i picked up three runs in the fifth to get out to a 4-1 lead on regular-season champion New Mexico State. The Aggies answered back with two runs in the bottom of the sixth to cut the deficit to one run. Hawai'i is batting in the top of the seventh.

Boise State is warming up in the batting cages on the third base side. Louisiana Tech is taking in the game on the first base side with a few Lady Techsters getting some practice swings in.

The Broncos are dressed in the White-Blue-Orange combination. Louisiana Tech is going with the all-gray uniforms and blue socks.

12:34 p.m.
Boise State arrived at Bulldog Diamond about 30 minutes ago to begin preparing for its first game in the 2011 WAC Tournament. The first game of the day is underway and No. 1 New Mexico State has just evend the game at 1-1 in the fourth inning against No. 4 Hawai'i. The Aggies used a solo home run from Valerie Swedberg to tie the game before they left the bases loaded. The Rainbow Wahine, who defeated No. 5 Utah State in the tournament opener yesterday, 6-1, got on the board first with a run in the third before also leaving them loaded.

Swedberg's home run carried just over the fence in right center where Hawai'i centerfielder Kelly Majam crashed into the wall, eventually tumbling over, but could not make the play.