Broncos Travel to Riverside for Four

Boise State softball enters its third weekend of competition Feb. 25-27, at the Amy S. Harrision Classic in Riverside, Calif.

The Broncos (2-7) will play four games against three teams at the three-day tournament hosted by UC Riverside.

The weekend starts Friday with a 10 a.m. (mountain time) first pitch against UNLV (5-5), and a 3 p.m. (MT) matchup UC Riverside (3-8).

Boise State returns to the diamond Saturday for one game against Cal State Northridge (4-7) (3 p.m. MT). It is the first meeting between the Broncos and Matadors, who were also at the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic in Las Vegas.

Tournament action wraps up Sunday with another game against the host Highlanders at 11 a.m. (MT).

This is the final weekend Boise State plays on the road before its home opener Friday, March 4, during the Boise State SpringHill Suites Invitational. Southern Utah and Seattle will join the Broncos at Mountain Cove Softball Field for the three-day event.

About the Broncos
Boise State softball is in its third season. Head coach Erin Thorpe and the Broncos return 15 letterwinners and eight starters from the 2010 squad that finished third in the Western Athletic Conference.

Seven of the Broncos' first nine games have been decided by two runs or fewer, including both of the team's wins and five losses. The other two losses were shortened by the eight-run rule against No. 3 Tennessee and No. 14 Oregon.

Juniors Allie Crump and Kellie Caplan led the Broncos through their first two tournaments, where Boise State won one game at each.

Crump homered in three of four games spanning the two weekends, and is the only Bronco to homer on the season. The All-WAC Preseason Team selection has also led the way in the circle, starting five games and going the distance in four of them for a 2-3 record.

Caplan went on a tear at the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic (Feb. 18-20) in Las Vegas. She went 10-for-17 at the plate to raise her season batting average to .419.

All-Time Starts Leader
Bronco junior 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...Junior Christina Capobianco also passed Cox' former record at the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic.

Caplan is also the all-time games played leader at Boise State.

Crump Crushing
Through the first nine games of the season, Boise State has three home runs, and they all belong to junior Allie Crump. In a span of four games from Feb. 13-19, Crump went deep three times. She hit home runs in back-to-back games Feb. 13 against Loyola Marymount and Feb. 18 against BYU.

Crump's three home runs match her career total through the first two seasons.

One Weekend in Vegas
Boise State hopes what happened in Vegas does not stay in Vegas for junior Kellie Caplan. During the 2011 Louisville Slugger Classic, Caplan went 10-for-17 at the plate, hitting safely in the first four games. The Woodland Hills, Calif., native matched her single-game career high with three hits three times at the tournament.

Caplan also scored five runs and drove in four on the weekend.

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