WHAT'S ON DECK: After a seven-game road trip, the Boise State softball will waste no time getting back on the field as it hosts a doubleheader with Utah on Tuesday and a WAC-series with Hawaii this Friday and Saturday. The Broncos are fresh off of a 3-4 road trip through California and hope to improve on their 7-3 record at Mountain Cove this season. The Broncos and Utes will hit the field at 1 p.m. on Tuesday and the Rainbow Wahine will visit Mountain Cove at 3 p.m. on Friday and at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
ABOUT UTAH: The Utes bring a 16-17 record to Mountain Cove for Tuesday's doubleheader. Last year, the Broncos and Utes split a series in Salt Lake City with Ashley Smuda tossing a no-hitter in the first game to hand the Broncos a 1-0 loss. Smuda leads the Utes pitching staff again this year with a 3.24 ERA and a 13-7 record. She has logged 114.2 innings in the circle already this year with eight complete games and one shutout. As a pitching staff the Utes allow opponents to hit .271 while the Ute offense holds a .285 clip. Despite outhitting their opponents, the Utes have given up 167 runs this year while only scoring 160. Kara Foster leads the way in the batter's box with a .382 average and six homers on the year. She also leads the team with 24 RBI and seven stolen bases. Brooke Olsen has swiped seven bases as well and is hitting .369 on the year. The Utes balanced offensive attack is also anchored by Hannah Clements and Kelsi Hoopiiaina, who are both hitting above .300 on the year.
ABOUT HAWAII: The Rainbow Wahine are the only team to hold an undefeated conference record through the first two weeks of play. However, Hawaii and Utah State will play a midweek WAC-series before the Rainbow Wahine make the trip to the Treasure Valley. Hawaii has powered itself to a 28-11 overall record with 80 home runs already this year. The Rainbow Wahine rank third in the nation with 1.86 home runs per game and rank 23rd in the nation with an average of 6.14 runs per game. Kelly Majam provides the majority of the power source with 20 round-trippers this season and a .386 batting average. Every regular starter has left the yard at least five times this year and has reached double digits in the RBI category. Majam and three others are hitting above. 300, including Melissa Gonzalez, who also has 10 homers. Kaia Parnaby and Stephanie Ricketts have split time in the circle with equal success. Parnaby holds a 2.11 ERA and a 14-5 record while Ricketts is 13-6 with a 2.46 ERA. The pair have held opponents to a .244 batting average and 121 runs, which is less than half of the 257 runs posted by the Rainbow Wahine offense. The Wahine pitchers average just over six strikeouts a game while the offense holds the same average in strikeouts per game.
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ZELL FINDS A GROOVE: Aubray Zell has turned her season around in the last couple weeks as she now leads the team with a 3.97 ERA. Zell tossed her second shutout of the season in the Broncos 1-0 defeat of Fresno State and pitched five scoreless innings of relief in the second game of the doubleheader. She now has a 14-inning scoreless streak after giving up two runs in the Broncos' 4-2 victory over Pacific. Zell also lowered her WAC ERA to a slim 0.50, which tops all WAC pitchers in conference games.
BRONCOS FIND ROAD SUCCESS: The Broncos embarked on a seven-game road trip through California with a 0-9 road record. It didn't take long for the Broncos to pick up their first road win with an 11-2 win over Sacramento State. The Broncos picked up two more wins, finishing 3-4 on the road trip. The three wins gave the Broncos a 3-13 road record on the year. The Broncos will be happy to return to the friendly confines of Mountain Cove where they are 7-3, including a current five game win streak.
PUSHING THE BAR HIGHER: With the 1-0 win at Fresno State, the Broncos tied their number of WAC wins from the 2009 campaign. The Broncos currently hold a 4-2 WAC record with hopes to surpass the 4-16 record from the inaugural campaign. The next WAC win will give the Broncos a new program-high.
COX AMONG NATION'S BEST: Kathy Cox has been on fire this season and sets two Bronco records with each home run swing. She has already shattered the single season record she shared with Christina Capobianco last year and currently holds the career record with 25 home runs and counting. Her 14 homers this year rank among the nation's best. After last week, Cox was tied for ninth in the nation in home runs and also ranked 25th in the nation with an .824 slugging percentage.BRONCO PITCHING TOPS THE WAC: The Bronco pitching has been superb through the first two weeks of WAC play in 2010. As a team, the Broncos hold a WAC-leading 2.10 ERA, including Aubray Zell's WAC-leading 0.50 ERA. Hawaii ranks second in the conference with a 2.12 ERA in WAC games.