Broncos Welcome 2008 WAC Tournament Champions Into Boise This Weekend

WHAT’S ON DECK:  The Boise State softball team will return home this weekend for a three-game series with the 2008 WAC Tournament champions, Louisiana Tech. The Broncos finished up an eight game trip through Utah with an impressive 5-3 record, pushing their overall record to 17-11. The Broncos will try to stay atop the WAC as they are one of three WAC teams to open conference play with a sweep of their first opponent.

ABOUT LOUISIANA TECH:  The Lady Techsters ended their 2008 campaign by winning the WAC Tournament and earning a bid into the NCAA Regionals. The Techsters look to ride that success into the 2009 season, especially into conference play. Overall, the Techsters hold a 16-14 record with a doubleheader with Stephen F. Austin still to play on Wednesday. The Techster opened WAC play with Hawai’I last weekend but ended up on the wrong side of the split. The Wahine took two of three in Ruston to open the conference season. Amberly Waits leads the team at the plate with a .434 batting average, which ranks second among all WAC hitters. Waits also has eight home runs and 35 RBI, which both rank in the top five in the WAC. Waits has been force of the Techsters offense, accounting for half of their home runs and over 33 percent of their RBI. The Techsters rank sixth in the WAC as a team with a .231 average. In the circle, Meghan Krieg has been nearly unhittable as she sports a 1.57 ERA and is 9-3 on the season. Her ERA is tops in the WAC and she ranks fourth with 109 strikeouts on the season. Krissi Oliver has done the bulk of the work with 92.1 inning pitched this season. Oliver holds a 3.18 ERA with a 6-9 record. The Techster pitching staff has a 2.73 ERA and allows opponents to hit .247.

BRONCOS VS. POSTSEASON TEAMS: With the loss to BYU on Wednesday, the Broncos fell to 1-2 against teams that made the postseason in 2008. In San Diego, the Broncos split a pair of games with Long Beach State. Louisiana Tech will be the first postseason team and first WAC team to ride into Boise on Friday.

BACK TO THE FRIENDLY CONFINES: After a week and a half long trip through Utah, the Broncos will be glad to get back into the friendly confines of Mountain Cove. Over their first eight home games, the Broncos are 7-1 with a team batting average of .360. The blue and orange have also outscored their opponents 54-27 in their new home. Christina Capobianco has led the offensive stampede with a .667 batting average as well as hitting six of her eight home runs and driving in 16 of her 26 RBI. Kathy Cox joins Capobianco in the stratosphere with a .519 average and a pair of long balls. The Broncos success at home isn’t limited to the hitters. The Bronco pitchers couldn’t be happier in the circle at Mountain Cove. Allie Crump sports a miniscule 0.88 ERA in Boise with a perfect 3-0 record and a .187 batting average against. As a team, the Broncos have limited hitters to a .252 average and hold a 1.88 ERA over the eight games.

SITTIN ON TOP: The first-year Broncos were picked to finish last in the WAC this year. The only problem is that no one told the young team that. Not only do the Broncos have the third best overall record, but they currently sit tied for first after the first weekend of WAC play. The Broncos swept their first WAC series over Utah State, joining Fresno State as the only other team to open the season 3-0. Nevada opened the season with a pair of victories over New Mexico State with the final game of the series canceled due to weather.

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