Broncos Fall 9-2 in Regular Season Finale

BOISE, Idaho-Boise State softball ended its regular season Saturday, with a 9-2 loss against No. 16/14 Texas A&M. The Aggies broke open a tie game with five runs in the fifth inning, via three home runs.

The Aggies struck first with a solo home run to lead off the top of the second inning. Boise State tied the game with a two-out rally in the third inning. Tara Glover reached on an infield single for the Broncos' first hit of the game. Glover stole second and sprinted home on a single by Kellie Caplan.

Aubray Zell took the ball in the circle for Boise State, making the 100th start of her career. Zell worked in and out of trouble for the first four innings to keep the Broncos in the game. She stranded seven Aggies on the bases through four. The senior could not keep them down in the fifth.

Texas A&M stroked a pair of two-run homers to chase Zell from the game. Allie Crump took over and was taken deep by the first batter she faced. The Aggies tallied two runs in the sixth and another insurance run in the seventh.

For the second day in a row the Broncos put together a sixth-inning rally with three singles to start the inning and load the bases. Christina Capobianco drove in a run with one away, but Capobianco's blooper was just out of the reach of the Aggie second baseman, causing the runner at first to pause. The throw from right field beat the runner to second for the second out and the side was retired with a strikeout.

Zell took the loss to fall to 20-12 on the year. She went four and one-third innings, allowing five runs on 10 hits with one strikeout. Crump allowed four runs (three earned) in her relief appearance, striking out four over her two and two-thirds innings. At the plate, the senior delivered her third two-hit game of the series. Caplan also registered a multi-hit game.

The game featured four outfield assists, including Glover gunning down a runner at the plate to end the top of the first inning. Holly Bourke also had her first assist of the season from left field.

Boise State finished tied for second in the Mountain West, joining Colorado State with 8-4 records in conference play. The Broncos will learn their postseason fate Sunday, during the NCAA selection show at 8 p.m. (MT) on televised live on ESPNU.

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