Softball Season Starts at Aggie Stampede
Boise State softball travels to Davis, Calif., for the Aggie Stampede Friday through Sunday, to start the 2012 season. The Broncos will face Loyola Marymount, Nevada and tournament host UC Davis.
Boise State will play two games each Friday and Saturday before wrapping up the weekend with a single game Sunday.
The Broncos will face LMU in the first game Friday at 9 a.m. (PT). This marks the second-straight season Boise State opens the year against the Lions. The Broncos won 2-1 in the opener last year.
Boise State will see former conference foe Nevada in the second game Friday, starting at 11:15 a.m. (PT).
The Broncos will face the same two teams Saturday, with Nevada first and LMU second, before squaring off against UC Davis Sunday, at 11:15 a.m. (PT).
Boise State played all of this weekend's opponents in 2011, posting a combined 5-1 record against them. The lone loss came against LMU in the season's fourth game.
Live stats will be available for each game at BroncoSports.com. There is also a Tournament Central page at UCDavisAggies.com. Stay current with all of the happenings in Boise State Softball by following the official twitter account of the Broncos @BroncoSportsSB.
About the Broncos
The Broncos welcome back the bulk of last season's production at the plate and in the circle. Returning is 93.5 percent of the Broncos' hits in 2011, 89 percent of the runs scored, 96.4 percent of the home runs and 96.8 percent of the innings pitched.
Seniors Aubray Zell and Allie Crump lead the pitching staff into the new season. Zell enjoyed a career year in 2011, going 14-5 with a 2.52 ERA and ranking third nationally by allowing just 0.80 walks per seven innings. Crump finished the year 13-7 with a 4.00 ERA, and set a school record striking out 6.24 batters per seven innings. Both earned All-WAC First Team honors and Zell was a three-time WAC Pitcher of the Week.
Crump also enjoyed a breakout season on offense and she will team with sophomore Devon Bridges and senior Christina Capobianco to guide Boise State's heavy-hitting lineup.
Bridges paced the Broncos during a record-breaking freshman campaign. She hit .393 with a .531 on-base percentage and slugged .785 while driving in 53 runs and drawing 37 walks, all single-season school records. She also led the team with 16 home runs as she was named first-team all-conference and second-team NFCA All-Pacific Region.
Crump matched her career home run total in the first two weeks of the season and went on to hit 10 in 2011. She was second on the team with a .338 batting average.
Capobianco enters her senior year one home run shy of the career mark at Boise State. She hit nine round trippers in 2011 and drove in 32 to claim second-team All-WAC honors.
Senior Tazz Weatherly used a strong conference season to hit .320 and score 32 runs on her way to being named to the all-conference second team.
Also back are the only three Broncos to start all 53 games last yeat in senior Kellie Caplan, junior Holly Bourke and sophomore Mackenzie Whyte. Senior Kelly Sweeney returns after starting 52 games at third base.
Junior Lela Work threw 79 innings during 2011, mostly in relief. Work ranked eighth in the country with six saves.
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