Broncos Christen Mountain Cove With 11-4 Win
BOISE, Idaho It was the opening that the Boise State softball team had hoped for. The Broncos (6-7) christened their new Mountain Cove softball field with an 11-4 victory over the visiting Northwest Nazarene Crusaders. Three Broncos had multi-hit performances for their Boise debut.

Junior Laeha Hill set a new team-high with four hits on the day, going 4-for-5 with three RBI. All three RBI came on a bases loaded double in the bottom of sixth that opened up the game for the Broncos. Christina Capobianco broke out of her slump with a 2-for-2 day, including an RBI single in the fourth. Kathy Cox went 3-for-3 on the day with a pair of RBI-doubles in the first and fourth innings.

The Broncos jumped out to an early lead behind Cox’s RBI double down the third base line to go up 1-0.  The Crusaders would tie it up with a run of their own in the third. Then, an explosion came from the Bronco dugout as the Boise State responded with five runs in the bottom of the third. Cox stroked her second RBI double of the day to give the Broncos a 3-1 lead. Two batters later, Laurel Wyatt smashed an RBI double of her own to add to the Broncos lead. Tazz Weatherly and Kellie Caplan had back-to-back RBI singles to cap the five-run inning.

After Capobianco’s RBI single in the fourth, the Broncos had built a comfortable 7-1 lead. The Crusader bats came to life in the sixth for three runs, including a two-run homer by Catherine Lowry, the first-ever home run at Mountain Cove. However, the Broncos responded with four runs in the sixth, including Hill’s bases loaded double, to push the lead to 11-4.

Mandy Klein started for the Broncos and gave up one run over two innings while striking out two, but walked three. Aubray Zell (6-2) took over in the third inning and pitched five inning of relief to earn the win. Zell allowed three runs on three hits and struck out two for the victory.

The State of Idaho Tournament continues tomorrow with a pair of games for the host Broncos on the schedule. Boise State and NNU will face off again at 10 a.m. and the Broncos will meet in-state rivals Idaho State at 2 p.m. at Mountain Cove. Western Athletic Conference commissioner Karl Benson will be in attendance for the afternoon game to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. The first-ever Division I matchup at Mountain Cove will take place when the Broncos meet the Bengals.

Idaho State and NNU will square off tomorrow at noon as well.

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