Crump Dominates as Broncos Complete Series Sweep

BOISE, Idaho - Allie Crump turned in another lights-out performance as the Boise State softball team beat New Mexico State 4-1 to complete the series sweep. The Broncos (11-17, 3-0) have opened WAC play with a series sweep in each of the past two years. Crump led the Broncos to victory with another complete game in the circle as well as an RBI-single in the game.

For the second consecutive game, Crump had the Aggies' (17-13, 0-3) number as she recorded four strikeouts and allowed only one run on five hits for her seventh victory of the season. Crump has already tied the number of wins she posted as a freshman in 2009. Crump also helped herself on the offensive end as she stroked a two-out, RBI single off the fence in center field.

Crump and Carissa Theis engaged in a pitching duel over the first three innings with the Broncos breaking the offensive silence. Kellie Caplan led off the bottom of the third with a single that was just out of reach of the shortstop Teresa Conrad. Caplan went to second on a wild pitch before Jessi Hanna stroked a double to left center to bring in the game's first run. Two batters later, Crump launched her RBI-single to make the score 2-0.

The Aggies finally caught up to Crump in the fifth inning to cut the lead in half. Brittany Clifton put the Aggies on the board with a deep, solo shot to right center that sailed over the Aggies' bullpen. That would be all the Aggies could get off the Bronco hurler as she shut the door on the Aggies over the final two frames.

Crump received a lot of help from her defense to hold the high-powered Aggies to only one run. In the fourth, Tazz Weatherly made a leaping grab to rob Hoku Nohara of a home run.

The offense also came through when the Broncos needed it the most. Hanna and Kathy Cox each had two hits in the game and combined for three RBI. Hanna hit the go-ahead RBI in the third and Cox added to the Broncos 2-1 lead in the fifth with a towering, two-run shot to right center. It was Cox's 12th homer of the year, which is a new season record for the young Broncos' program.

The Broncos will have very little time to celebrate as they hit the road next week for their spring break trip. The Broncos will face Sacramento State on Tuesday and Pacific on Wednesday. Next weekend, the Broncos resume WAC play with a three-game series against the WAC-favorite Fresno State on Friday and Saturday.

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