CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif.- Kenzie Cole and Aubray Zell combined to toss a no-hitter against Cal Poly in Boise State's second game Friday, at the Cathedral City Classic. The Broncos beat the Mustangs 7-1, after falling to No. 6/6 Oklahoma 9-0 in five innings in the afternoon. Christina Capobianco became the all-time home run leader at Boise State with a go-ahead blast in the fifth.
Boise State (9-5) had its fewest hits in a game this season (two) in the first game and recorded a season best (15) in the second game.
No. 6/6 Oklahoma 9 Boise State 0 (5)
The Broncos were shutout for the first time this season against No. 6/6 Oklahoma. The Sooners limited Boise State to two hits in a five-inning game shortened by the run rule. Oklahoma jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning and it was more than enough.
Zell lasted just one inning, allowing four runs on three hits and a walk. Lela Work came on in relief to start the second inning, only to give up three runs on four hits and a hit batter.
Work was able to tear through the third and fourth innings, sitting the Sooners down in order each frame to keep the score 7-0. Then in the bottom of the fifth inning, Oklahoma led off with a single and hit a home run to end the game.
Michelle Gascoigne pitched the full five innings for Oklahoma. The first hit Boise State managed off of her was a one-out double by Holly Bourke. A sacrifice moved Bourke to third, but she was stranded. It would be the Broncos’ best scoring opportunity of the game.
Tazz Weatherly singled in the third inning for Boise State’s only other base runner.
Tara Glover went 0-for-2, snapping her 22-game hitting streak.
Boise State 7 Cal Poly 1
Cole made the first start of her career and worked three and two-thirds innings. She walked six and struck out two. Cole ran into trouble in the first inning when she walked the bases loaded. A sacrifice fly brought in the first run of the game, but that was all. She retired eight of the next nine before a pair of two out walks in the fourth inning chased her from the game.
Zell came in and sat down the first seven batters she faced. After hitting the Mustangs' first batter of the seventh, she picked up two strikeouts and a groundout to end the game.
Boise State scored four runs in the fifth inning to break open a tie game. Capobianco homered to lead off the inning and put her name atop the Boise State career home run list. The Broncos scored three more runs with two outs to open a comfortable lead. Two more runs in the sixth supplied the final score.
With the late offense, Zell earned the win to improve to 6-3 and go 1-1 on the day.
Capobianco led the way on offense with three hits. Glover, Devon Bridges, Bourke, Weatherly and Kelly Sweeney each registered a multi-hit game as the Broncos racked up a season-high 15 hits. The mark is tied for fourth all-time at Boise State.
The Broncos take on No. 1/3 Florida Saturday at 9:30 a.m. (PT).