Cole, Glover Lead Broncos to Ninth-Straight Win

BOISE, Idaho-Boise State scored early and often in a 7-2 victory Sunday, against Weber State on the final day of the SpringHill Suites Invitational #2 at Mountain Cove Softball Field. The Broncos (23-10) led 5-0 after two innings and added two more in the fourth to back Kenzie Cole's complete-game performance in the circle.

Tara Glover led the Broncos at the plate with a 2-for-2 day and three runs scored. Glover now has 50 hits on the season, making her the sixth different Bronco in school history with 50 hits in a season. She is riding a nine-game hitting streak and has hit safely in 31 of 33 games this year.

Glover hit a leadoff double for the second-straight day to get things started, her eighth double of the season. She ended up scoring the first run on an illegal pitch before Kellie Caplan poked her first of two hits to right field. Caplan would eventually be brought in on a single off the bat of Allie Crump.

Caplan's second hit came in the second inning, a double to center that scored one. Christina Capobianco followed with a two-run single to put the Broncos on top 5-0.

A pair of bases-loaded walks drove in the final two runs in the fourth, but Boise State left three as it could not reach the eight-run plateau.

Making her first start at Mountain Cove Softball Field, Cole allowed five hits and walked three. She also hit one batter and struck out six. It is the second complete-game effort from the freshman, but the first in a seven-inning contest.

Cole flirted with danger three times in the game. She worked out of a two-on, one-out jam in the third inning with a pop out and a strikeout against the first and second batters of the Wildcat order. In the fifth, Weber State loaded the bases with the top of the lineup again coming to the plate. Cole again struck out one and got the other to pop out.

In the seventh, Cole faced runners at the corners. A two-out error allowed both runs to score but she retired the next batter to earn the second win of her career.

The victory stretches Boise State's home winning streak to 23 games, the third-longest active streak in the country. The Broncos will not be at home until April 13, against UNLV. They will hit the road for the next five games, starting Tuesday at Portland State. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. (PT) at Erv Lind Stadium. Boise State will also play three games at Oregon on the trip with a double header Wednesday and a single game Thursday. The road trip will end at Idaho State April 4.

Notes
The Bronco have won nine-straight games...Kenzie Cole's six strikeouts tie a career high...Lindsey Nicholson picked up her first-career RBI with a bases-loaded walk in the fourth inning...Kellie Caplan stole the 40th base of her career; Caplan is the career leader in the category...Allie Crump drove in the 80th run of her career; Crump ranks third all-time in RBI.


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