BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State softball team swept through its WAC-opener with a pair of victories over the visiting New Mexico State, 8-2 and 6-3. The Broncos (10-17, 2-0) held the high scoring Aggies (17-12, 0-2) to a total of five runs on the day while pounding out 14 runs of their own. The Broncos also smashed four home runs on the day en route to the doubleheader sweep.
Allie Crump set a new season-high with nine strikeouts in the complete game victory and Kathy Cox added two homers for an 8-2 victory in the opener. Crump's nine strikeouts were only two short of her career-high and kept a powerful Aggies offense at bay throughout the game. The Aggies managed eight hits of Crump, who allowed only one earned run in the game.
The Bronco offense backed a phenomenal outing from Crump with its own power display. Cox gave the Broncos the quick lead with a solo homer to right field in the bottom of the first. Cox's second homer of the day came in the fourth inning to give the Broncos a 6-1 lead. With her two round-trippers, Cox tied her 2009 season total with 11.
The third inning gave the Broncos their first big lift over the Aggies as they hung up four runs in the frame. The Aggies tied the game at 1-1 in the top of the second and held the Broncos scoreless in the bottom half of the frame. Jessi Hanna regained the lead for the Broncos with a homer to center that tipped off the centerfielder's glove as it flew over the fence. With two outs in the inning, Sydney Williard hit three consecutive Broncos to bring in a run and leave the bases loaded. Kellie Caplan doubled to left center, scoring two more runs and giving the Broncos a 5-1 lead.
The Aggies were able to scratch out one more run in the fifth with a solo shot just inside the foul pole off the bat of Tiffany Autry, but Crump shut down the Aggies for the rest of the game. Holly Bourke padded the Broncos lead in the sixth with a RBI-single to push the lead to 8-2.
Crump earned her team-leading sixth win of the year as the Broncos won their WAC-opener for the second straight year.
Freshman Vanessa Alvarez lifted the Broncos to victory in the nightcap with a three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth that gave the Broncos a late 6-3 lead. With the score tied at 3-3 and two outs, the Aggies intentionally walked Cox with Tazz Weatherly already on second. Alex Newman entered the game to take over the pitching duties for Terry Schroeder, who took the tough luck loss. Alvarez blasted one of Newman's pitches over the wall in left center to break the tie.
The Broncos' other three runs came in the bottom of the second to take a 3-1 lead. Caplan drew a bases-loaded, two out walk to get the Broncos on the board and tie the game at 1-1. Weatherly blooped a single into center field to give the Broncos the lead before Hanna walked to bring in the third run of the inning.
Ashley Collier started in the circle but received a no-decision after four innings of work. Collier allowed three runs (two earned) over the first four innings before giving way to Aubray Zell. Zell picked up her third win of the year by allowing only one run to score on four hits and one strikeout through three innings of work. The Aggies had no home runs in the nightcap and scratched out one run in the first, third, fourth and seventh innings.
The final game of the WAC series will be played tomorrow at 1 p.m. at Mountain Cove Softball Field where the Broncos will be going for their fifth-straight victory.