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Boise State softball travels to San Diego for five games at the Campbell/Cartier Classic, co-hosted by San Diego and San Diego State. Boise State will play its first four games at the USD Softball Complex and finish the weekend Sunday at SDSU Softball Stadium.
The Broncos are scheduled to play three games against 2011 NCAA Tournament teams, including two teams currently ranked in the top 15. Three games will feature first-time opponents.
The action starts Friday at 10 a.m. (PT) against UC Santa Barbara. The Broncos will see their first ranked opponent of the season at 3 p.m. (PT) Friday, when they face off with No. 12/8 UCLA.
Boise State will try to even a couple of all-time series Saturday when it faces San Diego (4:30 p.m. PT) and No. 7/9 Washington (7 p.m. PT).
The weekend wraps up Sunday against Notre Dame, who is receiving votes in both major top-25 polls. First pitch is scheduled for 9 a.m. (PT).
This marks the second-consecutive season Boise State's second week of action will feature two opponents ranked in the top 15. The Broncos are 0-5 all-time against teams ranked in the top 15 of both the NFCA and USA Softball polls and 3-12 all-time against teams ranked in either poll.
Live stats will be available for each game at BroncoSports.com. There is also a Tournament Central page at USDToreros.com and GoAztecs.com.
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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 year 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.
No. 12/8 UCLA
No. 7/9 Washington
Last Time Out
Senior pitchers Aubray Zell and Allie Crump started the season strong, each twirling a three-hit shutout on opening day. The Broncos beat LMU 3-0 in the opener and downed Nevada 4-0 in the nightcap.
Zell returned to the circle Feb. 11, against Nevada, pitching five scoreless innings and allowed just one hit. She left with a 7-0 lead and Boise State held on for a 7-3 win and a 3-0 start.
The Broncos let an early 5-0 lead get away against the Lions and eventually lost a 10-inning marathon 10-9, for the first loss of the season.
The team rebounded Sunday, behind another shutout from Zell against UC Davis. Freshman Katie Engelbrecht's two-out, two-run triple in the fourth inning provided the first runs of the game and gave Zell all the offense she needed.
Sophomore Tara Glover led the way offensively, batting .450 in her first weekend with the Broncos. Glover, a transfer from Utah, collected nine hits, including at least one in every game, and stole three bases.
Crump and Tazz Weatherly also hit safely in each game of the tournament. Crump hit .400, while Weatherly checked in at .353 and a team-best .588 slugging percentage.
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