Boise State softball continues its week-long spring break road trip in Northern California with a Western Athletic Conference series against San Jose State and a single game at Saint Mary's.
The Broncos (19-12, 3-0) will take on the Spartans (13-21, 0-3) in their first conference road series of the season. The series begins with a single game Friday, followed by a Saturday doubleheader. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m. (MT) Friday, and 1 p.m. (MT) Saturday.
San Jose State was swept by New Mexico State in its first WAC series.
Boise State will travel to Moraga, Calif., Sunday, for its first meeting with Saint Mary's. The game is scheduled to get underway at 1 p.m. (MT).
The Gaels are 4-12 on the year.
Boise State is 17-4 in its last 21 games, picking up 15 wins in the month of March, a single-month school record.
Live stats will be available for each game. For more information, check the schedule page at BroncoSports.com.
About the Broncos
Boise State softball is in its third season. Head coach Erin Thorpe and the Broncos return 15 letterwinners and eight starters from the 2010 squad that finished third in the Western Athletic Conference.
After a 2-8 start, Boise State posted a school-record 12-game winning streak behind dominant pitching. The Bronco pitching staff combined for a staggering 0.65 ERA in the last 10 games of the streak, a span that included a 41-inning scoreless streak.
The Broncos look to carry the momentum of the best month in school history into the heart of their conference schedule.
Juniors Allie Crump and Aubray Zell lead the team in the circle. Crump sports a 9-5 record with a 4.02 ERA. Three of Crump's losses and nearly half of her earned runs have come at the hands of top-25 opponents. Zell led the charge during the win streak, now with a 6-1 record and a 2.12 ERA. Zell has not lost since Feb. 12, and earned the win in her last six decisions. In game two against Nevada, she allowed her first home run of the year, snapping a 34-inning scoreless streak.
Sophomore Lela Work has come on in relief 15 times this year, picking up an NCAA-best five saves (as of March 29). Work earned two wins in relief March 26, against Nevada.
Devon Bridges is enjoying a breakout freshman campaign, leading the Bronco offense. Bridges is batting .410 with eight home runs and 31 RBI, leading the team in each category. She has reached base safely in 21-consecutive games, including hitting FOUR home runs the three games against Nevada. Bridges has two grand slams this season, making her the only player with multiple career grand slams in school history.
Junior Kellie Caplan has been holding down the leadoff spot for Boise State the last 24 games. Caplan leads the team with 40 hits. She has collected a base hit in 24 of the Broncos' 31 games. Caplan already has 11 multi-hit games this season, including five games with
About San Jose State
The Spartans enter the weekend series on a four-game losing streak, but are 4-2 at home this year. They drew a tough assignment in traveling to Las Cruces, N.M., for their conference opener, getting swept by New Mexico State.
Sadie Coenen (.356) leads three Spartans batting over .300. Cheryl Freitas leads the team in power numbers with four home runs and 21 RBI.
In the circle, the Spartans have struggled to fill in for the injured Amanda Pridmore. Jennifer Ames has been the most successful with a 3.37 ERA across 16 starts and 97.2 innings. Ames has allowed opponents to put the ball in play, though, with just 39 strikeouts on the year.
Boise State leads 5-3. Each team has won a season series 2-1, but Boise State has WAC Tournament wins.
About Saint Mary's
The Gaels will host Boise State in the first meeting between the two teams.
Saint Mary's (4-12) is coming off a tough 2-0 loss to Stanford, but return seven starters from a 2010 NCAA Tournament team.
Kayla Gonzales is the lone hitter above .300 as the Gaels are batting .200 as a team. They are yet to find their power with two home runs on the year, and just 19 RBI.
The pitching staff is led by Britany Linton's 2.90 ERA in nine starts. Saint Mary's has held opponents down with a 4.30 team ERA, but has also seen 21 unearned runs score thanks to 22 errors.
Broncos in the RPI
The first NCAA RPI rankings saw Boise State at No. 100 heading into conference play. After a sweep of Nevada, the Broncos rose to No. 80. Both rankings were program bests at the time of their release.
Middle Inning Magic
Boise State scored 12 runs in the fourth inning March 25, against Nevada. According to the NCAA Record Book, only 25 teams had scored at least a dozen runs in an inning entering the 2011 season...Boise State has outscored its opponents 43-7 in the fourth this year.
Welcome to the WAC
Bronco freshman Devon Bridges made a statement in her first conference series, March 25-26, against Nevada. Bridges belted four home runs, including her second grand slam of the season. She was 5-for-7 on the weekend, driving in 10 runs with at least one home run in each game.