Boise State Heads to the Desert
Boise State softball faces the toughest weekend schedule in program history when it travels to Las Vegas for the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic, hosted by UNLV. The Broncos (1-3) will take on three ranked opponents during the three-day, five-game tournament. No. 3 Tennessee will be the highest-ranked opponent Boise State has ever faced.
The weekend starts Friday with a 2:30 p.m. (mountain time) first pitch against No. 23 BYU (2-3), and a 7 p.m. (MT) tilt against the Lady Volunteers (5-0).
Boise State returns to the diamond Saturday with games against Cal Poly (1-4) (10 a.m. MT) and Long Beach State (4-0) (4:45 p.m. MT). It is the third meeting between the Broncos and 49ers, who are receiving a vote in the latest coaches' poll.
Tournament action wraps up Sunday with a 10 a.m. (MT) game against No. 14 Oregon (5-1).
This is the first time the Broncos will play three different ranked teams in the same season. Boise State played four games against top-25 foes in 2010, one against No. 13 Oklahoma (in Las Vegas) and three against No. 25 Hawai'i.
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About the Broncos
Boise State was picked to repeat as third-place finishers in the preseason poll voted on by conference coaches.
Junior Allie Crump was selected to the All-WAC Preseason Team as a pitcher. Crump picked up 16 wins to lead the Broncos in 2010.
Junior utility player Kellie Caplan was a second-team All-WAC selection last season.
Last Time Out
Boise State used two runs in the second inning against Loyola Marymount to overcome a first-inning deficit. Junior Allie Crump worked out of trouble in her final three innings of work to earn the win as sophomore Lela Work closed the door, facing the minimum in her three innings of relief to pick up the save.
The Broncos faced host Long Beach State in the second game of the day and suffered their first shutout since April 2, 2010, at Fresno State. The 49ers won 2-0.
Crump took a tough-luck loss against LBSU Feb. 13, pitching a complete game and only giving up two unearned runs. The Bronco offense was shutout for the second-straight game.
The offense picked up in the weekend finale against LMU. Boise State snapped a 24-inning scoring drought to take a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning. Crump capped the scoring with a solo home run, the Broncos' first of the season. The Lions would respond with four runs in the top of the seventh and hold on for the victory.
Getting Their Feet Wet
It is the second-consecutive season two freshmen have started in Boise State's season opener. Holly Bourke (right field) and Megan Harvey (catcher) started the 2010 opener against San Diego.
Bridges earned the start in right field, meaning the Broncos have started a true freshman in the No. 9 defensive position each of the program's three years.
Freshman pitcher Morgan Barnes also made her debut during the opening weekend. Barnes pitched one inning against Long Beach State (Feb. 12).
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