Zell, Crump Each Toss Shutouts on Opening Day

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DAVIS, Calif.- Senior pitchers Aubray Zell and Allie Crump picked up where they left off last season, each delivering a three-hit shutout to lift Boise State softball to two wins Friday, on the opening day of the 2012 season. The Broncos beat Loyola Marymount 3-0 and Nevada 4-0 at the Aggie Stampede in Davis, Calif.

Crump also starred at the plate, driving in a run in each game and collecting three hits on the day. Tara Glover had three hits and two runs scored on her first day in the Blue and Orange.

Boise State 3, Loyola Marymount 0
The Broncos rode Zell's performance against Loyola Marymount to their third-straight win in season openers. Zell struck out five and walked one in her seven innings to pick up the eighth shutout of her career.

Boise State got all of the offense it needed in the third inning, highlighted by Glover's RBI triple to center. Freshman Jordan Kreiger stroked a single up the middle in her first collegiate plate appearance, advanced to second on a wild pitch and was bunted to third. Glover, a transfer from Utah, drove in the first run of the season with her first hit as a Bronco. The triple was just the 10th in Boise State history, but nothing out of the ordinary for Glover who ranked 14th in the nation with five triples in 2011.

A trio of seniors added to the lead for the Broncos in the third. Tazz Weatherly drove in Glover with a ground out. Christina Capobianco reached base on an error and was brought around on a double from Crump.

The Broncos threatened again in the sixth, loading the bases with nobody out, but could not cash in any insurance runs.

LMU put the first two runners on base in its half of the seventh inning, but Zell picked up a strikeout and induced a pair of ground balls to get out of the jam and preserve the victory. Zell allowed a hit to the first batter of the game before settling down to retire 17 of the next 20.

Boise State 4, Nevada 0
Against Nevada the Broncos again struck in the third inning, scoring three unearned runs to take the lead and never looked back. They tacked on another run in the fifth inning and it was more than enough for Crump who kept the Wolf Pack offense off balance all game.

Crump walked one in the first inning but did not allow another base runner until the fifth. In the fifth, she gave up two singles and a walk but used a double play to limit the damage before retiring the side with a strikeout. The native of nearby Elk Grove, Calif., finished the day with five strikeouts and three walks.

Freshman Katie Engelbrecht got the Bronco offense started when she led off the top of the third being hit by a pitch. Glover followed with a single and Holly Bourke reached on an error to load the bases. After a pop out, Capobianco drove in the game's first run with a ground out. Glover scored on a passed ball and Bourke crossed the plate when Crump reached on an error.

In the top of the fifth Weatherly ripped a double to right field for the only extra-base hit of the game. After taking third on a fly out, she came home to score the Broncos' fourth run on an infield single from Crump.

The 4-0 win against Nevada marked the 17th time the Broncos have shutout an opponent in school history, it is just the second time Boise State has blanked two opponents on the same day.

Boise State will face the same two teams Saturday, taking on Nevada at 9 a.m. (PT) and LMU immediately following.

Notes
Glover has hit safely in her last 12 games, including the final 10 of her freshman season at Utah...Glover became the sixth player in Boise State history to hit a triple...Weatherly moved into second place alone with her 17th-career double...freshman Lindsey Nicholson walked and stole a base in her collegiate debut against LMU...Engelbrecht threw out the first would-be base stealer she faced in her career against LMU.