Ducks rain on Broncos parade, 11-game winning streak ends


by Jay Tust

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Posted on March 29, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Updated Thursday, Mar 29 at 11:45 AM

EUGENE, OR - The Boise State softball team saw their 11-game winning streak come to an end against No. 17/16 Oregon on Wednesday at rain-soaked Howe Field in Eugene, Oregon.

Following a delay due to weather, the Broncos (25-12) lost Game 1, 4-1, before dropping Game 2, 14-6.

The Broncos and Ducks will meet again Thursday, with first pitch scheduled for noon (PT) at Howe Field.

No. 17/16 Oregon 4 Boise State 1
Reining Mountain West Conference pitcher of the week Allie Crump helped put Boise State up in the first with her bat.  Following a Tara Glover walk to lead off the inning, Crump pushed Glover home with a ground out to second with one out in the frame.

The Broncos held a 1-0 advantage until the fourth, when Oregon (21-6) tied it up.  Kelsey Chambers hit a solo shot to centerfield and broke up pitcher Aubray Zell's no-hit bid in the process.

In the bottom of the sixth, the Ducks plated three more runs.  After three bunt singles and an error to start the inning made it 2-1, a two-run single by Kailee Cuico gave the Ducks a 4-1 advantage, same score they would go on to win by.

NOTE: Zell set the single-season strikeout record when she struck out the side in the second inning. She now has 132 on the season, surpassing Crump's 2010 mark of 130.

No. 17/16 Oregon 14 Boise State 6 (5 innings)
Oregon got its offense going early in the second game of the day, scoring eight runs in the first inning. The Ducks picked up six hits in the inning off of Bronco starter Kenzie Cole, who was also let down by three errors behind her.

Boise State scored once in the fourth against relief pitcher Samantha Pappas as Jordan Kreiger drew a bases-loaded walk. It looked as though the Broncos could stave off the eight-run rule, but they left three runners on and Oregon struck again in the bottom of the inning.

A one-out error seemingly opened the flood gates and Oregon poured on six more runs in the bottom of the fourth. A trio of two-run doubles did all of the damage and the Ducks led 14-1 after four.

The Broncos assembled a last-ditch effort to extend the game in the top of the fifth, but came up just short. They scored five runs in the inning as Pappas issued five walks in the frame. The first three free passes loaded the bases with two outs. Two more bases on balls tacked on two runs before Kreiger stepped up. After falling behind in the count 0-2, she fouled off a pair of pitches then dropped a double into right center that unloaded the bases and brought the Broncos within eight. A strikeout ended the two-out rally and the game.

NOTE: The second game was finished under protest. Boise State head coach Erin Thorpe officially protested a call in the top of the first inning.