Broncos Stay Perfect At Home, Sweep Utah Valley
BOISE, Idaho The Boise State softball team is really enjoying their new digs at Mountain Cove. The Broncos (11-7) improved to 6-0 at home with a doubleheader sweep of Utah Valley on Saturday at Mountain Cove. Both games were firsts for the upstart program as the Broncos downed the Wolverines (6-11) in extra innings in game one and shutout the visitors in game two.

Game 1
In the first game, the Broncos battled back from an early five run deficit to force extra innings and eventually won it 7-6 in the eighth. Down 6-5, the Broncos loaded the bases in the bottom of the eighth with one out. Kathy Cox sent a screaming grounder through the left side to bring in Tazz Weatherly to tie up the game. With the bases still loaded, Christina Capobianco gave the Broncos the victory with a deep fly ball to left center that scored Laeha Hill from third.

“Going into the eighth, we had our quickest runner on base and the top of our batting order due, which had been on fire since the fourth inning,” said head coach Erin Thorpe. “I was very confident that we were going to be able to score the couple runs that we needed to win that game.”

Boise State took advantage of two Wolverine errors in the seventh to tie it up. With no outs and the bases loaded, Laurel Wyatt tied up the game with a single into left field. The Wolverines didn’t allow any more runs to cross the plate and forced the extra innings.

The game didn’t start in the Broncos favor as it was in the end. The Wolverines put up a quick run in the first and then exploded for four runs in the fourth. Those runs were mostly thanks to a big bases loaded double by Magan Niemann that drove in three runs and put the Wolverines up 5-0. However, that was all the Wolverines could muster. The Broncos responded with three runs of their own in the fourth and a run in the sixth.

Mandy Klein picked up the first win of her career, pitching four innings in relief. Klein allowed only two hits and one unearned run to cross the plate. Capobianco stayed hot, going 3-for-4 with a team-leading three RBI.

Game 2
The second game was a much different story as the Broncos took the game 7-0. Freshman Allie Crump dominated from the first batter until the last out was recorded. Crump set a new team-high with 11 strikeouts through seven innings of work and became the first Bronco pitcher to toss a shutout. The freshman limited the Wolverines to one hit, which came in the top of the fifth, and didn’t allow a runner past second base.

The Broncos spread out the scoring evenly, putting runs on the board in each of the last four frames. Hill put the Broncos on the board with an RBI double in the third on the Broncos never looked back. The double was Hill’s only hit of the game, but extended her team-high hitting streak to nine games. Capobianco extended her hitting streak to seven games with a monstrous home run in the fourth that nearly cleared the trees behind the left center field fence along Mountain Cove Rd.
Capobianco’s “moon shot” was the first of three Broncos round-trippers. Junior Kathy Cox went deep in the fifth inning to give the Broncos a 6-0 lead. The homer also gave the Bronco faithful a free bag of peanuts as part of the fifth inning promotion that will take place at all Bronco home games. Jessi Hanna picked up the first hit of her career with a line drive that snuck over the center field fence in the sixth.

The pair of wins extended the Broncos winning streak to a season-high six games and improved their home record to a perfect 6-0. Boise State is back in action tomorrow at Mountain Cove with a doubleheader against in-state rival Idaho State. The Bengals will be looking to avenge the 7-4 loss the Broncos handed them last week.

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