EUGENE, OR - The day after No. 17/16 Oregon put an end to Boise State's season-high 11-game winning streak, the Ducks delivered the Broncos another gut-wrenching loss.
After Boise State fought back to grab a one-run lead in the sixth and seventh innings, Oregon clutched up at the plate themselves. After the Ducks tied it in the seventh at four sending the game into extra innings, Lindsey Chambers hit a two-run walk-off homerun in the eight to propel Oregon to a 6-4 victory and a three-game series sweep of the Broncos.
The Boise State offense came alive in the sixth inning with back-to-back singles from Katie Engelbrecht and Tara Glover to start the frame. Two batters later, Allie Crump slashed a single between first and second which tied the game at one. The Broncos would go on top later in the inning when Mackenzie Whyte reached on an error, allowing Devon Bridges to score.
The lead would not last long though. Oregon came back in the bottom of the inning and reclaimed the lead on a two-out, two-run home run from Alexa Peterson.
But trailing 3-2, Boise State responded with another rally. Holly Bourke scorched a leadoff double to right center and Tazz Weatherly followed with a pinch-hit single over second base to put runners at the corners. Eventually Weatherly moved up into scoring position after a wild pitch, and Glover capitalized with a two-run single up the middle to give the Broncos a 4-3 lead.
The first two batters of the home half of the inning reached via error and Oregon was threatening again. Zell fielded a ground ball and went to third to get the lead runner. The throw was high, but Weatherly pulled it down and applied a tag for the first out.
After a wild pitch moved each runner up 60 feet, Zell picked up a big strikeout against Kelsey Chambers, who homered twice Wednesday, for the second out. Kailee Cuico stepped in as the Ducks' last chance. Cuico tapped one just in front of the plate where Engelbrecht fielded the ball and looked to tag out the runner coming home from third. The runner leaped toward the third-base dugout to avoid the tag and was ruled to have stayed in the base path as she circled around to the plate for the tying run.
The Broncos loaded the bases with one out in the eighth inning on two walks and an error, but could not bring in the go-ahead run.
The Ducks got a one-out double and Lindsey Chambers followed with a blast over the left-field fence to end the game.
The Broncos will be back in action on April 4 at Idaho State. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m. (MT) at the newly-constructed Miller Ranch Stadium in Pocatello, Idaho.
NOTES: Boise State pitcher Aubray Zell went the distance in the loss. It was her 14th complete game in 22 starts this season. Zell also struckout eight batters in the game, upping her single-season school record to 140.