Zell Earns Share of MW Pitcher of the Week

COLORDAO SPRINGS, Colo.-Boise State senior Aubray Zell was named Mountain West co-Pitcher of the Week, Tuesday, the conference announced. Zell went 3-0 with a 0.39 ERA during the week ending March 25. It is her fourth MW weekly award this season.

Zell held opponents to one run in 18 innings over three starts during the SpringHill Suites Invitational #2 at Mountain Cove Softball Field. Zell's three victories improved her to 14-6 on the year, matching her career best for wins in a season (2011). Zell tossed four innings in the opening game of the tournament Thursday, against Seattle. She limited the Redhawks to one hit, walked two and struck out three in a five-inning 9-0 win for Boise State.

Against UT San Antonio Friday, Zell left the game after six innings again allowing just one hit. The Bronco bullpen allowed the first three batters of the seventh to reach, so Zell returned to the circle. She gave up one more hit, but was not charged with a run and retired the side to preserve the 5-3 victory. The senior struck out eight Roadrunners, giving her six appearances this month with at least eight punch outs.

In her final start Saturday, against Weber State, Zell recorded all 21 outs again, this time doing so in complete-game fashion. She scattered five hits and walked one against the Wildcats, keeping them off the scoreboard until the Broncos could take a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the sixth. Zell allowed a leadoff home run in the seventh to snap a 22-inning shutout streak, but returned to form and induced three-straight groundouts to end the game.

 Zell has won six of the last 12 pitcher of the week awards she was eligible for, dating back to the last five weeks of 2011 when Boise State was a member of the Western Athletic Conference. She has seven conference weekly awards in her career.

Boise State plays at Portland State Tuesday, in a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. (PT). The Broncos will also travel to No. 17/16 Oregon Wednesday and Thursday, for three games.

Colorado State's Kacie McCarthy was the other recipient of the MW award.

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