The Lady Broncos spotted Tech a run in the third inning before putting up five runs in the fourth and coasting from there. Christina Capobianco led the charge with two hits while Allie Crump tossed a five-hitter in picking up the win.
Louisiana Tech was eliminated from the tournament with a 26-21 record and will share fifth and sixth places with New Mexico State.
Vanessa Alvarez ignited the Bronco rally in the fourth with a single. After Capobianco flied out to right, Holly Bourke reached first base safely after an error by Bulldog pitcher Meghan Krieg. Crump singled to load the bases for Kelly Sweeney who singled to knock in a Bronco run. An error by Tech first baseman Kylie Bassett allowed Bourke to also score on the play. Three more consecutive RBI singles by Tazz Weatherly, Kellie Caplan and Jessi Hanna completed the scoring for the Broncos in the inning.
Boise State has been on quite a ride since they arrived in Las Cruces. They came back from an 8-0 deficit Wednesday night to beat the homestanding Aggies of New Mexico State 9-8. Prior to the victory over Louisiana Tech, they battled second-seeded Fresno State. Down 4-3 in the top of the seventh, Kathy Cox hit a two-out, two-run home run that gave Boise State a 5-4 lead.
The Bulldogs rallied in the bottom half of the inning, however, for a 6-5 victory. Fresno State has made the NCAA Tournament every year since the tournament began, but had to pull magic out of the hat to beat the Broncos in the second year of their program.
Boise State has one more test in its quest to finish third or better. They must beat back the San Jose Spartans this afternoon at 4:30. If they are fortunate enough to do that, they might have another crack at Fresno State. The Bulldogs meet #21 Hawai'i in the first game at 2 p.m. for the right to clinch the first berth in the championship game. The nationally-ranked Rainbow Wahine belted six homers in a 16-8 thrashing of San Jose State to tie the NCAA record with 134 home runs in a season.