Long Balls Fuel Pair of Bronco Victories
BOISE, Idaho The Boise State softball team is firing on all cylinders at the new Mountain Cove Softball Field. The Broncos (8-7) remained undefeated at home with a pair of victories over Northwest Nazarene and Idaho State. Five Bronco homers over the two games highlighted the victories.

Game 1 vs. Northwest Nazarene

Boise State set a new season-high with eight runs in the sixth inning to fuel a 13-1 victory over the Crusaders. Freshman Christina Capobianco led the charge with a 4-for-4 performance, including two homers in the game. The second home run came in the sixth inning onslaught that invoked the run-rule. Capobianco sent a drive into deep left center with two runners on to pick up three of her four RBI on the game. The long ball was the sixth consecutive hit on the inning for the Broncos and boosted the lead to 11-1.

Capobianco’s other home run came when she led off the third inning a solo blast to straight away center to put the Broncos up 5-1. That blast came after a four run second inning that gave Boise State their first lead of the game after allowing NNU to score their only run in the bottom half of the first.

Mandy Klein and Allie Crump (1-2) limited the Crusaders to only one hit and one run through six innings. Klein started the game and gave way to Crump in the fourth. Crump pitched three no-hit innings and recorded a new team-high seven strikeouts to pick up her first collegiate victory.

Laeha Hill continued to be a force at the top the lineup, going 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored. Freshman Lexi Straton also stayed hot for Boise State, knocking in three RBI while going 2-for-5 on the day. Freshman Kellie Caplan also had a breakout day with a 3-for-4 performance and two RBI.

Game 2 vs. Idaho State

The Broncos had their largest crowd of the weekend in attendance with the opening pitch ceremony taking place before the first-ever Division I matchup at Mountain Cove. The Broncos did not disappoint as they blasted three long balls en route to the 7-4 win.

Capobianco became a launching pad at the plate, going 2-for-3 with two more home runs and four more RBI. Her first homer came in the bottom half of the third and put the Broncos up 3-1. She hit a solo shot to left field. In her very next at-bat in the fifth inning, she blistered a pitch into deep left field for another three-run homer that gave the Broncos a 6-1 lead.

Idaho State was the first to get on the board with a solo home run off the bat of Megan Miller in the top of the third. The Broncos responded with the two homers in the bottom half of the inning. Ashleigh Viers-Gordillo went deep for the first time in her collegiate career to give the Broncos a 2-1 lead. She stroked a ball into deep right-center to give the Broncos the lead. Two batters later the Capobianco stroked her first homer.
Aubray Zell picked up her seventh win with the complete game victory. She struck out three and allowed only one earned run to give Boise State three straight wins.

The Broncos will meet the College of Idaho tomorrow at 10 a.m. and will conclude tournament play with a rematch against Idaho State at 2 p.m.

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