Illinois spoiled the much-awaited debut of the Boise State softball team as the Lady Broncos fell 8-2 at the Cathedral City Kickoff. James Madison then toppled Boise State 9-1 in the second game.
Junior Laeha Hill reached safely on an infield single up the middle to be credited with the first hit in school history. Junior Kelsey Perks followed by reaching first safely on an error and the Lady Broncos were in business but a triple play ended the threat.
Illinois parlayed two Boise State errors in the third to a 4-0 lead and extended their advantage to 6-0 after four innings. The Broncos countered in the fifth when freshman Allie Crump led off with a single and junior Laurel Wyatt clobbered a two-run homer in the right center bleachers to make it 6-2. Although they had a hit in every inning and out hit the Illini 9-8, the Broncos could not mount another threat.
Freshman Christina Capobianco led the Bronco hitting attack with three singles while Hill was two-for-three.
Hill doubled to lead off the game against James Madison. Freshman Kellie Caplain's sacrifice was successful, pushing Hill to third. Capobianco (1-3) came through to get Hill home and Boise State had it's first-ever lead at 1-0. The Dukes, however, took the lead with a three-run second, loading the bases and getting three consecutive hits. James Madison added one in the fourth, two in the fifth and three in the sixth on Amber Kirk's three-run homer.