Seventh-Inning Rally Not Enough for Broncos

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Holly Bourke is now the all-time hits leader at Boise State.

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Holly Bourke is now the all-time hits leader at Boise State.
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April 13, 2013

Final Stats

FRESNO, Calif. - Boise State softball scored four runs in the seventh inning Saturday, but it was not enough to come back against Fresno State in a 7-4 loss. Holly Bourke was 2-for-4 with a three-run home run and broke the school's all-time hits record in the game.

Fresno State (24-18, 5-3 MW) scored in each of the first five innings to stake a 7-0 lead before Boise State (17-21-1, 1-4) could put a run on the board.

Bourke blasted her third home run of the season with two outs in the seventh inning to cut the deficit to three runs. Her sixth-inning single was the 174th hit of her career, surpassing Kellie Caplan (2009-12) for the most in school history. The homer came after Kayla Clausen, Rose Saenz and Tara Glover all collected hits in the inning.

The Bulldogs picked up a pair of two-out runs in the bottom of the first against Bronco starter Lela Work, but left the bases loaded. The home team added another run in the second thanks to the speed of Brenna Moss. After reaching on an infield single Moss stole second and when the throw went into center she popped up to take third and never stopped coming all the way around to score.

Work lasted two innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits. Kenzie Cole took over in relief and finished the game. Cole pitched four innings for the second-straight day, this time allowing seven hits and four runs. Just one of the runs was earned against Cole as she walked two and struck out three.

The Bulldogs tallied another run in the third, one in the fourth and two in the fifth. Fresno State threatened to end the game early via the run rule, putting the potential game-ending run in scoring position in the fifth and sixth innings. Cole was able to strand them and keep giving the offense chances.

Fresno State starter Hannah Harris pitched the first six and one-third innings, scattering four hits and keeping the Broncos without a run. Taylor Langdon took over in the circle with Fresno State two outs away from a shutout and the Broncos started to click, scoring all four of their runs. Harris re-entered the game after Langdon faced six batters and only picked up one out. The starter needed one pitch to finish the game and ensure the Boise State did not complete its rally.

Jordan Kreiger had a busy game. Kreiger played three positions on the infield, collected a hit and drove in the first run of the seventh inning with a fielder's choice. She started at third base, moved to second in the third inning and from the fourth inning on was Boise State's shortstop as the Broncos shuffled people in and out of the lineup.

Devon Bridges joined Bourke with multi-hit games. Bridges singled in the first and fourth innings. She also reached on an error in the seventh after Bourke's homer to keep the inning going and force Harris back into the circle.

The series concludes Sunday, with first pitch at noon (PT) from Bulldog Diamond.