Broncos Power Past Redhawks

BOISE, Idaho-The Boise State softball team continued its offensive surge Sunday, beating Seattle 8-0 in six innings in the finale of the Boise State SpringHill Suites Invitational. The Broncos used four home runs, including two from freshman Devon Bridges, to earn their seventh-consecutive win.

"It was great to finally be able to play at home," said head coach Erin Thorpe. "It let us relax a little bit and allowed us to play the way we know we are capable of."

Bridges started the scoring with a grand slam in the first inning to straight-away center field and Boise State never looked back. It was the second grand slam in school history. Sophomore Ashley Collier added an RBI single in the frame to give the Broncos a 5-0 lead after one.

Collier was the starting pitcher, making her first appearance of the season in the circle. She allowed a runner to reach scoring position in each of her four innings, but held the Redhawks scoreless. Collier allowed just one hit, walked five and struck out a pair to earn the win. It is the second win of Collier's career, the first coming exactly one year ago March 6, 2010, in a complete-game shutout against Wichita State.

Sophomore Lela Work pitched the final two innings, preserving the shutout for the Broncos.

Boise State scored its final three runs of the game on solo home runs. Sophomore Holly Bourke led off the third inning with a blast to center, her second of the season. Bridges followed three batters later with her second home run of the game. She became the fifth Bronco to go deep twice in the same game. Bridges also tied the school record with five RBI in the game.

Junior Allie Crump ended the game leading off the sixth inning with her fifth home run of the season. Crump is now tied for fifth on the all-time single-season home run list. The game-ending blast gave Boise State 15 home runs in the five games at Mountain Cove Softball Field. The team combined to hit four in the first 12 games of the season.

"This weekend was definitely a confidence-boost," Thorpe said. "It was a lesson in winning and hopefully we can take that into the next weekend."

The seven-straight wins ties a school record and the Broncos will look to extend that mark beginning Friday at the Santa Clara Bronco Classic. Boise State will play five games during the three-day tournament.

Tazz Weatherly made the 100th start of her career against Seattle, the fourth Bronco to reach the milestone...Weatherly recorded her team-leading seventh multi-hit game going 2-for-3...Boise State has scored 64 runs in its last seven games, following back-to-back shutouts...Devon Bridges extended her hitting streak to seven games, the longest by a Bronco this season...Freshman Natalie Kelley recorded the first hit of her career in the fifth inning.

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