Sweeney Lifts Broncos In Extras, Advance In WAC Tourney
May 6, 2009
FRESNO, Calif. - It took a couple of extra innings, but the Boise State softball team earned another first in program history with their first WAC Tournament win in an 8-4, nine inning victory over San Jose State. The No. 7-seeded Broncos (1-0) upset the No. 6-seeded Spartans (0-1) with a four-run ninth inning. Kelly Sweeney's bases loaded hit was the highlight of the inning as the Broncos took their third and final lead of the night.
Sweeney came to the plate with one out and bases loaded in the top of the ninth and the score tied at 4-4. She scorched a 1-2 pitch into right field, which the right fielder misplayed to empty the bases and bring in all three runs. Kelly Caplan brought in Sweeney two batters later to push the Bronco lead to 8-4.
Aubray Zell held the threatening Spartans at bay in the bottom half of the ninth. The Spartans had back-to-back one out singles in the inning, but were unable to plate any runs as Zell forced the next two Spartan hitters into a ground out and pop up, respectively. Zell struck out three in the complete game victory and walked only one.
Sweeney gave the Broncos all three of their leads in the game as she picked up two other clutch singles. In the first, she cracked a two-out single into left field that gave the Broncos an early 1-0 lead. In the sixth, she came up big again when she dropped a single into right center that gave the Broncos a 3-2 lead in part of a three run inning.
The Broncos put up three runs in the sixth to regain the lead after the Spartans took their only lead of the night with one run in the third and fourth innings. Christina Capobianco knocked in the tying run with no outs in the sixth. Laurel Wyatt poked a pinch hit single into right field after Sweeney's hit that gave the Broncos a 4-2 lead. The Spartans later responded with a run in the sixth, and pushed the game into extra innings with another run in the seventh.
The Broncos will look to take revenge on top seeded Fresno State on Thursday morning at 10 a.m. when the Bulldogs and Broncos kick off day two of the double elimination tournament. The winner of that game will advance into the semifinals of the WAC Tournament.