Broncos Power Their Way to Doubleheader Sweep

BOISE, Idaho - The ball was flying out of the park for the Boise State softball team on Monday as it swept an afternoon doubleheader from Weber State, 10-7 and 11-2.  Six different Broncos (8-17) hit homers on the day with five coming in the second game. Ashley Collier and Hegan Harvey launched their first career homers while Kathy Cox hit her 20th career round-tripper.

Game 1

The Wildcats (0-26) jumped out to a quick lead with a two-run homer in the opening frame. The Broncos responded in the bottom of the second with seven runs to take the commanding 7-2 lead. The Broncos loaded the bases with no outs on two singles and a walk. Kelly Sweeney broke out of her slump with a two-RBI single that tied the game at 2-2. Back-to-back strikeouts had the Wildcats thinking they could get out of the inning with minimal damage but the Bronco bats exploded with two outs. The next three Broncos had RBI hits as Laeha Hill brought in two, Jessi Hanna brought in Hill and Cox launched a two-run shot to center field to give the Broncos the lead.

The Wildcats got one back in the top of the third but the Broncos answered with three more in their half of the inning. Christina Capobianco hit her second single of the day to lead things off. Sweeney also had her second hit in the next at-bat as six Broncos had a pair of hits in the game. Vanessa Alvarez brought in the first run with a sacrifice fly and Hill brought in the next run with a triple down the right field line. She scored on a wid pitch in the next at-bat to give the Broncos a commanding 10-3 lead.

Allie Crump shut down the Wildcats in the fourth to set her up for her team-leading fifth victory of the year. Ashley Collier pitched two scoreless innings in relief but ran into trouble in the seventh as she gave up four runs to the visiting Wildcats. Aubray Zell gave up one hit but recorded the final two outs to earn the save.

Game 2

Zell continued to shut down the Wildcats in the second game as she earned her second win of the year with a career-high eight strikeouts. Zell allowed just two runs in six innings on six hits and one walk.

The offense gave Zell more than enough support with five home runs through out the game. Collier and Harvey each blasted their first career homers while each also had two hits. Holly Bourke and Crump each also had two hits and each hit a home run. Bourke hit a towering shot that cleared both fences in leftcenter field and Crump's three-run moonshot ended the game in the bottom of the sixth. Christina Capobianco also hit a two-run home run to give the Broncos the opening lead in the bottom of the second.

The Wildcats responded to Capobianco's home run with two-run homer of their run but could not hold off the powerful offensive attack of the Broncos. Collier launched her homer in the third to give the Broncos the lead for good. Bourke and Harvey went back-to-back to give the Broncos a commanding 8-2 lead in the fifth before Crump's homer ended the game in the sixth.

WAC series begin next weekend around the conference as the Broncos host New Mexico State for a three-game series in Mountain Cove. The two conference foes will square off at 1 p.m. for a doubleheader on Saturday and meet once more at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

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