BOISE, Idaho-Three home runs and a strong outing from Aubray Zell in the circle guided Boise State softball to a 5-3 win against UT San Antonio Friday, at the SpringHill Suites Invitational #2. The Broncos (21-10) scored the first five runs of the game, all via home runs, before the Roadrunners (10-16) scored three and brought the tying run to the plate in the seventh.
Tara Glover started the fireworks with a leadoff home run in the top of the first inning. Glover drove a full-count offering to straight-away center field for her second home run of the season. It is the first time in school history the Broncos have hit a leadoff home run in the first inning.
The inning continued with a walk to Kellie Caplan. After originally grounding into a fielder's choice, Christina Capobianco was called back to the plate on an illegal pitch. Capobianco eventually drew a walk to put two runners on.
An out later, with runners still at first and second, Allie Crump stepped to the plate. Crump, the reigning Mountain West Player of the Week delivered again with a three-run blast to left center. The homer drove UTSA starter Morgan Luksa from the game.
The Broncos did not get on the board again until the fifth when Devon Bridges led off the inning with her fifth home run of the season. Bridges smacked a fly ball to right center that carried well over the visitor's bullpen, giving Boise State a 5-0 lead.
Meanwhile, Zell was cruising along in the circle. She struck out six through three innings and for the second-straight game did not allow a hit until the fourth inning. Through six the Roadrunners failed to get a ball out of the infield.
Zell recorded all 21 outs, but did not pitch a complete game as Kenzie Cole faced three batters in the seventh inning. Cole allowed a walk and two singles before Zell returned to the circle with runners at first and second and a run in.
Zell induced two ground outs that added another run. With two outs a sinking line drive snuck under the glove of a diving Glover in center to score one more and bring the tying run to the plate. Another ground out sealed the win and Boise State extended its home win streak to 21 games.
Zell gave up two hits and three walks in seven innings while striking out eight. She was not charged with a run, lowering her season earned run average to 1.53.
Bridges and Caplan each recorded two hits for Boise State. It is Bridges' ninth multi-hit game of the season.
The Broncos return to action Saturday, at 4 p.m. against Weber State. It will be the last of four games at Mountain Cove Softball Field Saturday, with first pitch scheduled for 10 a.m. between New Mexico and Seattle.
Boise State's 21-game home winning streak is the third-longest active streak in the country...Tara Glover has hit safely in 29 of 31 games this season...Glover's 47 hits this season are tied for 10th on the single-season list at Boise State...21-10 is the best record through 31 games in school history.