Bronco Pitching Overpowers Albany in Doubleheader Sweep
HAYWARD, Calif.-Boise State softball swept a doubleheader against Albany, Sunday, on the final day of the Santa Clara Bronco Classic. The Broncos won the first game 6-3 and took the second 8-1. Juniors Aubray Zell and Allie Crump went seven innings in each game and traded the school record for strikeouts. Boise State's school-record win streak is up to 12 games.
Junior pitcher Aubray Zell continued her string of impressive outings, pitching seven innings and earning her fourth win of the year. Zell did not allow a hit until the fifth inning and surrendered no walks for the fourth-straight game. Zell also set a school record with 12 strikeouts.
The Broncos jumped out to an early advantage with two runs in the first inning. Junior Kellie Caplan and Sophomore Holly Bourke singled in the first two at-bats of the game. Caplan and Bourke moved up on an illegal pitch and junior Allie Crump drove in the first run with a sacrifice fly. Freshman Devon Bridges followed with an RBI single to put the Broncos up 2-0.
They would not look back behind the pitching of Zell, tacking on runs by the pair in the third and sixth innings.
Bridges drove in both of the runs in the third with a two-out double down the left field line plating Bourke and junior Tazz Weatherly.
In the sixth inning Crump and Bridges singled ahead of sophomore Vanessa Alvarez' RBI base hit. Junior Kelly Sweeney also brought in a run on a groundout in the frame.
Sophomore Ashley Collier took over in the circle to start the seventh inning. Collier got into a bases loaded jam before Zell returned to finish the game. Zell allowed all three inherited runners to score with a hit batter, a single and a groundout. She picked up two more strikeouts in the frame, including her school-record 12th to end the game.
Bridges finished with a career-high three hits and her team-leading fifth multi-RBI game, driving in three.
Crump recorded 12 of the first 15 outs via strikeout and picked up her 13th in the seventh inning to reclaim the school record just hours after junior Aubray Zell struck out a dozen, besting Crump's previous record of 11. Crump struck out the final batter of the game for good measure.
The Broncos (14-8) took advantage of two Albany errors to score the first three runs of the game before breaking it open in the fifth inning.
The first run came in the bottom of the first inning when a Crump groundball was misplayed and junior Kellie Caplan scored from second.
Junior Christina Capobianco returned to the Bronco lineup for the first time this weekend after nursing an injury and delivered a big hit in the third inning. Capobianco stung a base hit into centerfield to score junior Tazz Weatherly from second base for a two-out RBI. Sweeney immediately followed with a double to left center that skipped through the fence, swapping places with Crump to give Boise State a 3-0 lead.
The Great Danes (1-9) fought back in the fifth inning, scoring an unearned run to draw within two. Albany had the go-ahead run on at first base but left the bases loaded.
Boise State responded in the bottom half of the inning as Sweeney delivered two more RBI with a single through the circle to cap her first three-hit game since the 2009 WAC Tournament. It was the start of a five-run inning as five more Broncos picked up base hits, including a two-run double from sophomore Holly Bourke.
Crump retired the sixth and seventh innings in order to pick up her ninth win of the year and her sixth complete game.
Every Bronco who came to the plate in the second game recorded a hit and eight different players scored. Freshman Mackenzie Whyte joined Sweeney with multiple hits, her second-career two-hit game.
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