SAN DIEGO- Christina Capobianco tied the school record for career home runs and helped Boise State softball to a 7-1 victory Friday, against UC Santa Barbara at the USD Softball Complex. Capobianco later drove in the Broncos' lone run in a 4-1 loss to No. 12/8 UCLA in the afternoon.
Tara Glover continued her blistering start to the season, collecting two hits in each game to set the table for Boise State (5-2) offensively.
Boise State 7, UC Santa Barbara 1
Capobianco blasted a second-inning grand slam for her 32nd home run as a Bronco to match Kathy Cox' record and get Boise State out to a big lead against the Gauchos (1-7) in its first game of the Campbell/Cartier Classic.
Boise State put together a two-out rally to get on the board in the first inning. Capobianco doubled to right center and Crump drew a walk. After an error loaded the bases, Kelly Sweeney was walked to give the Broncos a 1-0 lead.
The second inning was also set up by an error and a base on balls before Tara Glover loaded the bases with a bunt single. Capobianco was the next batter and brought everybody in with Boise State's first home run of the season, giving the Broncos a 5-0 advantage.
Crump made the lead stick, starting in the circle and working six innings. She scattered seven hits, did not walk a batter and struck out four in limiting the Gauchos to one run. Lela Work came on the seventh and worked around a dropped third strike and a single to finish the game, striking out two.
The Broncos added two runs in the fourth inning. Kellie Caplan singled to left center for her first hit of the season and was chased home when Glover knocked a double to center. UCSB tried to get Caplan at the plate, but the late throw got away from the catcher, allowing Glover to score on the play, making the score 7-0.
UCSB scratched out its lone run on three singles in the fifth inning. Crump (2-1), who did not allow an extra-base hit all game, induced a groundout to end the inning and strand two runners in scoring position.
Glover and Capiobianco each collected two hits, the first multi-hit game of the season for Capobianco and already the fourth for Glover.
No. 12/8 UCLA 4, Boise State 1
Boise State loaded the bases with one out in the top of the first inning, but could not come away with a run. It was a sign of things to come as the Broncos stranded nine runners-including seven in scoring position-in a 4-1 loss to No. 12/8 UCLA (7-0).
The Bruins were able to get on the scoreboard in the first inning, scoring the first runs against the Broncos' Aubray Zell this season. The first two batters reached on a single and an error, respectively. Each runner stole second to give UCLA two runners in scoring position. A groundout picked up one run, and a two-out single pushed in an unearned run.
Boise State advanced a runner to scoring position in the second and third innings, but the score remained 2-0 into the fourth when UCLA used a leadoff double and a single to tack on a third run.
In the fifth inning, Glover drew a two-out walk and stole second, but was left there. The Broncos put two on base in the sixth, but could not string together productive at bats against UCLA starter Ally Carda. UCLA managed another unearned run in the bottom of the sixth to take a 4-0 lead with one inning left for the Broncos.
A leadoff single from Mackenzie Whyte got things started, but the next batter was retired on interference trying to put a down a bunt. A fielder's choice from Glover left the Broncos with a runner at first and two outs. Capobianco belted a double to center and Glover raced all the way around to score, but that was all the Broncos would muster.
Zell took the complete-game loss, her first setback of the season. She gave up four runs, two earned, on nine hits in her six innings. Zell (3-1) struck out two and walked one. Her fourth-inning walk snapped a streak of 80-straight batters faced without issuing a base on balls.
Boise State returns to action at 4:30 p.m. (PT) against co-host San Diego at the USD Sports Complex. The Broncos will then take on No. 7/9 Washington at 7 p.m. (PT). Live stats are available on the schedule page at BroncoSports.com and in-game updates are available on twitter @BroncoSportsSB.
Tara Glover extended her hitting streak to 17 and with multi-hit games in each contest has multiple hits in five of the Broncos seven games...Allie Crump and Tazz Weatherly saw their hitting streaks end at six against the Gauchos...Christina Capobianco's grand slam against the Gauchos is the second of her career...Glover's two stolen bases against UCLA marks her second two-steal game, joining Kellie Caplan as only Broncos with at least two steals in multiple games in their careers...Glover has already cracked the Boise State top 10 for single-season steals with five (tied for ninth)... Holly Bourke was 2-for-3 vs. UCLA, her first multi-hit game since April 15, 2011, at Utah State...Boise State is now 0-6 all-time against teams ranked in the top 15 of both major polls (NFCA and USA Softball) and 3-13 all-time against opponents ranked in either poll.