Broncos Ready for In-State Rival

Boise State softball travels to Idaho State Wednesday, for the Broncos' final game before conference play begins. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m. (MT) in Pocatello, Idaho.

The Broncos (25-13) saw their 11-game winning streak snapped March 28, when they suffered a three-game sweep at the hands of No. 17/16 Oregon in Eugene.

Idaho State (4-24) opened Miller Ranch Stadium last weekend and welcomes the Broncos for the sixth game at its new home. Admission is free.

The last time the two squads met, Idaho State swept a doubleheader April 20, 2010, in Boise. The Broncos lead the all-time series 6-3 and are 4-0 in Pocatello.

Live stats and will be available at BroncoSports.com. A live blog can be found at ISUBengals.com. Stay current with all of the happenings in Boise State Softball by following the official twitter account of the Broncos @BroncoSportsSB.

Boise State will return home April 13-15, for its first Mountain West series when the Broncos host UNLV.

About Idaho State
The Bengals split a doubleheader with Seattle Sunday, to halt a 12-game losing streak and go 1-3 to open their Pacific Coast Softball Conference slate. Idaho State is hitting .247 as a team as Hailey Breakwell is the only regular contributor batting over .300. Vicky Galasso owns team bests in home runs (five) and RBI (21). The Bengal pitching staff holds a 6.35 combined ERA, and is led by Amanda Fitzsimmons' 4.80 mark in 70 innings. Idaho State's pitchers are averaging 4.63 walks per seven innings. The Bengals were picked to finish fourth in the PCSC Mountain Division in the preseason coaches' poll.
All-Time Series: Boise State leads 6-3. The Broncos are 4-0 in Pocatello. The in-state rivals had two meetings in Boise canceled earlier this season after not playing in 2011.

Broncos in the RPI
Boise State rose to No. 53 in the latest Ratings Percentage Index released April 2, by the NCAA. It is the highest ranking in school history after checking in at No. 56 in the initial rankings this season. Boise State peaked at No. 72 last year before finishing 79th. New Mexico leads the Mountain West with a No. 34 rating. The RPI will be released every Monday, through May 7.

Last Time Out
The Broncos went 2-3 on their spring-break trip to Oregon, sweeping a doubleheader at Portland State and dropping three at No. 17/16 Oregon. Boise State scored a 4-0 win against the Vikings March 27, to start the trip before picking up a thrilling 3-2 victory in extra innings to take the twin bill. The Broncos lost 4-1 in the opener against the Ducks March 28, to snap an 11-game winning streak before suffering a 14-6, five-inning defeat in the evening. The trip came to an end March 29, with a heartbreaking, 6-4 loss in extra innings.

Aubray Zell continued her strong season in the circle, while Tara Glover and Tazz Weatherly were the top offensive contributors.

Zell appeared in four of the Broncos' five games, going 1-2 with a 2.62 ERA in 21.1 innings, also registering her first save in two years. She tossed her fourth shutout of the season in a 4-0 win at Portland State before working a perfect eighth inning in the night cap for the save.

Glover hit .385 (5-for-13), drove in five runs and scored four times. She also walked four times and stole two bases. Weatherly batted .400 for the week, with a double and three runs scored.

Boise State softball used two impressive pitching performances and timely hitting to sweep a doubleheader from Portland State on the road. The Broncos won the first game 4-0 behind a three-hit, shutout from Zell. The second game was a come-from-behind, 3-2 win in eight innings.

The Broncos struck early in the first game with a two-run single from Christina Capobianco in the first inning. Glover drove in two later in the contest, giving Zell more than enough breathing room.

Devon Bridges stepped up on both sides of the ball in the late game, hitting a go-ahead home run in the sixth inning and gunning down a runner at the plate to end the game. With two outs in the bottom of the sixth Bridges stepped to the plate with the tying run 60 feet away in Glover. Bridges found herself in a full count and squared up an inside pitch for her seventh homer of the year.

The Vikings tied the game in the seventh, but Boise State came right back to take the lead in the eighth. Zell needed just four pitches to get three outs, including a game-ending double play with Bridges delivering an outfield assist to cut down the tying run.

Allie Crump started the game and pitched the first seven innings. Crump gave up two runs (one earned) on five hits and one hit batter. She fanned four without walking anybody and was not hit hard the entire game as she grabbed her fifth win of the year.

In Eugene Wednesday, Oregon broke open a tie game in the bottom of the sixth inning after three bunt singles and a Boise State error plated one and put runners at second and third.  Kailee Cuico punched a single through the left side to score two more and give the Ducks a 4-1 advantage. Zell set the single-season strikeout record when she struck out the side in the second inning, surpassing Allie Crump's 2010 mark of 130.

Oregon got its offense going early in the second game of the day, scoring eight runs in the first inning. The Ducks picked up six hits in the inning off of Bronco starter Kenzie Cole, who was also let down by three errors behind her. In the fourth, a one-out error seemingly opened the flood gates and Oregon poured on six more runs. A trio of two-run doubles did all of the damage and the Ducks led 14-1 after four. The Broncos assembled a last-ditch effort to extend the game in the top of the fifth, but came up just short.

Boise State suffered a gut-wrenching, 6-4 loss in extra innings against No. 17/16 Oregon Thursday, in the final game of a five-game road trip to the state of Oregon. The Broncos (25-13) had leads in each the sixth and seventh innings, but could not close the game as a walk-off home run ended it in the eighth.

Zell went the distance in the loss, allowing six runs (five earned) on seven hits and one walk. Zell struck out eight. The Broncos outhit Oregon 8-7, but four errors proved too costly to overcome.

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