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Broncos break even in season debut

Photo Courtesy Boise State University

By Angie Christiaens

Boise State’s softball team traveled to San Antonio this past weekend to show their skills off in the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Classic. In the first round of games on Feb. 15, the Broncos batted powerfully against Rutgers winning 3-1. Later on Friday, Boise State played Missouri State and was defeated 6-0.

In the first game, Rutgers scored early in the first inning to make the game 1-0. Through excellent defensive play, Boise State kept them to one run until the third inning when junior Devon Bridges hit a three-run homerun to left center.

Under the pressure of two outs, Bridges put her team up at 3-1 by bringing in fellow teammates, Holly Bourke and Makenna Weir to home plate. Both players were walked to first base to set up the three runs given by Bridges’ homerun.

Bridges’ powerful batting gave Boise State their first scores in the tournament.

The Broncos’ brilliant defensive work by the infield and solid pitching from Kenzie Cole kept the Scarlet Knights to no hits from the third inning up to the end. Boise State remained undefeated in the tournament with the final score of 3-1.

Later that day, the Broncos faced off against the Missouri State Bears. In this second game of the tournament, the Broncos were not batting as well when they were outhit 10-3. The Broncos received their first tournament loss at the final score of 6-0.

Cole struggled slightly as Missouri State scored one run in the first inning from a third base advancement off a wild pitch. However, Cole kept her composure and had two strikeouts each in the third and fourth inning holding the Bears to just one run.

Still, Boise State could not go bat to bat when Missouri State hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning while the Broncos had no hits. In the sixth inning, the Bears scored three out of four hits while the Broncos could not connect having only one more hit and no runs in the final inning to make the final score of 6-0.