BOISE, Idaho-Boise State softball suffered its first loss of the fall, Wednesday, against Washington at Mountain Cove Softball Field. The Broncos out-hit the Huskies, but left nine runners stranded.
The Huskies jumped out to an early lead in the first inning with two runs on a pair of singles, a Bronco error and a sacrifice fly. Boise State cut down another run at the plate and starting pitcher Lela Work settled down.
Work recorded the final out of the first on a strikeout, before retiring the Huskies in order in the second including two strikeouts. Allie Crump took over in the circle in the third inning, and yielded just one base runner in her two innings.
Offensively, the Broncos left five runners on base through the first two innings, but capitalized in the third. A base hit, a sacrifice bunt and a hit-by-pitch had Boise State in business with Devon Bridges stepping to the plate. The lead runner was picked off, but two pitches later Bridges picked her up as she unloaded a two-run homer to left center to tie the game.
Aubray Zell took over the pitching duties for Boise State in the fifth and had two outs with a runner on second base before a defensive miscue extended the inning. The Huskies took advantage with a pair of unearned runs to take the lead.
The Broncos threatened in the home half of the fifth inning, but stranded two runners in scoring position.
Washington tacked on an insurance run in the sixth.
Seven different Broncos collected hits, but it was not enough. Bridges now has three home runs and eight runs batted in through three games this fall.Boise State returns to action Friday, against Northwest Nazarene. The game is scheduled for 4 p.m. (MT), at Mountain Cove Softball Field. Admission to all fall games is free.