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
Boise State softball is in its fourth season and first in the Mountain West. Head coach Erin Thorpe and the Broncos return 13 letterwinners and nine starters from the 2011 squad that finished 33-20 and second in the Western Athletic Conference.

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.

Scouting Reports
Loyola Marymount
The Lions return 18 letterwinners, including seven starters from the 2011 squad that won the Pacific Coast Softball Conference Coastal Division title. LMU fell to Portland State in the PCSC Championship Series, but was picked to win the overall conference championship in 2012 by the coaches. Junior pitcher Molly Medeiros returns after earning PCSC Pitcher of the Year accolades in 2011 with a 16-8 record and a 2.01 ERA. Offensively, the Lions will lean on seniors Sam Fischer and Kelly Sarginson. Fischer was the 2010 PCSC co-Player of the Year and has hit at least 11 home runs each of her first three seasons. Sarginson hit 18 home runs in 2011 and was named second-team all-region.
All-Time Series: Tied 1-1
Boise State Streak: L1

Nevada
The Wolf Pack bring back seven starters and all three pitchers among their 14 returning letterwinners from a 2011 team that finished 13-34 and seventh in the WAC. Junior third baseman Erin Jones was selected to the All-WAC Preseason Team after batting .362 in 2011. Senior pitcher Mallary Darby is expected to anchor the pitching staff. Boise State picked up a regular-season series sweep against Nevada last year, scoring 32 runs and hitting six home runs in the three games, all played in Boise.
All-Time Series: Boise State leads 5-4
Boise State Streak: W5

UC Davis
The Aggies went 22-28 last season and 7-14 in the Big West. They return 13 letterwinners and six starters from 2011, but will be challenged to replace Alex Holmes whose 2.60 ERA led the team and .321 batting average was second a year ago. Batting average leader Jessica Gonzales (.342) is also gone. Center fielder Melissa Guzman is the Aggies' top returner, garnering second-team All-Big West honors in 2011 after hitting .315 and stealing 18 bases. Junior Jessica Thweatt and freshman Justine Vela are expected to handle the starting pitching duties.
All-Time Series: Boise State leads 1-0
Boise State Streak: W1

Last Time Out
Boise State finished the 2011 season 33-20 and went into the final weekend of the regular season with a shot at the Western Athletic Conference title. The Broncos finished 15-6 in conference play to place second before taking third at the conference tournament.

The Broncos won a 13-inning game against Louisiana Tech before falling to New Mexico State and Fresno State to end their run.

USA Softball ‘Watching' Bridges
Devon Bridges became the first player school history to be named to the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Watch List prior to this season. She is the only student-athlete from the Mountain West on the list and one of just eight sophomores, nationally, to make the cut. Bridges is the third player from current MW schools to be named to the watch list in the 11-year history of the award.

Bridges Preseason POY; Four More Honored
Devon Bridges was named the preseason Mountain West Field Player of the Year by CollegeSportsMadness.com. Joining Bridges on CollegeSportsMadness.com's preseason All-MW First Team is senior Allie Crump as a pitcher/utility player. The Broncos placed three players on CSM's preseason second team in seniors Kellie Caplan and Aubray Zell and junior Holly Bourke.

Home Sweet Home
Boise State enters the season with a 15-game home win streak after completing a perfect 14-0 season at Mountain Cove Softball Field in 2011. The run is tied for the fourth-longest active streak in the country entering the season. Boise State will defend Mountain Cove for the first time March 15, against Minnesota when it starts an 11-game home stand.

Relief Work
Junior Lela Work has pitched in 51 games in her caeer, 45 of them coming in relief roles. Overall Work owns a 7-10 record and a 3.56 ERA, but out of the bullpen she is even stronger. In 117 innings of relief duty, the Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, prouct is 7-5 with a 2.57 ERA and a school-record seven saves. She averages a strikeout an inning and 1.13 walks per seven innings...Work ranked eighth in the NCAA last season in saves with six...In just two seasons in the WAC, Work tied for sixth in career saves in conference history.

All-Time Starts Leader
Kellie Caplan broke the career record for starts at Boise State, Feb. 18, against No. 3 Tennessee. Caplan surpassed two-time all-region honoree Kathy Cox. Caplan enters 2012 with 158 starts...Christina Capobianco, Tazz Weatherly, Allie Crump, Kelly Sweeney and Holly Bourke have since surpassed Cox' former standard.

Load 'Em Up
Devon Bridges hit three grand slams last season, making her the only player in school history with multiple career grand slams. She became the sixth player in NCAA history to hit at least three grand slams in one season and is tied for eighth all-time for career grand slams.

Fresh Faces
Among Boise State's five newcomers are four high school standouts and one transfer. Sophomore Tara Glover joins the Broncos after playing one season at Utah. Glover started all 51 games for the Utes last year and led the team in hits, runs, doubles, triples, total bases and steals...Kenzie Cole, Katie Engelbrecht, Jordan Kreiger and Lindsey Nicholson will look to contribute to the Broncos in their first season of collegiate softball.

Boise State to Face Strong Schedule in 2012
The Broncos will face their most daunting nonconference schedule yet, when they take on 10 teams who participated in the 2011 NCAA Tournament, including half of last season's Women's College World Series field...Boise State will travel to early-season tournaments in Davis, Calif. (Aggie Stampede; Feb. 10-12), San Diego (Campbell Cartier Classic; Feb. 17-19), Cathedral City, Calif. (Cathedral City Classic; Feb. 23-25), Tempe, Ariz. (Wilson/DeMarini Invitational; March 2-4) and Columbia, Mo. (DeMarini Invitational; March 9-11).

Broncos Picked Third in Preseason Poll
The Mountain West head coaches picked Boise State to finish third in its first season as a member of the conference...The Broncos received nine points to finish behind San Diego State (16) and UNLV (13). Boise State placed just ahead of New Mexico (eight points). Colorado State finished fifth with four points. San Diego State picked up four first-place votes, while UNLV earned the fifth.


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