Boise State softball will play host to Louisiana Tech in a Western Athletic Conference series, Friday and Saturday, at Mountain Cove Softball Field.
The Broncos (22-13, 5-1) will look to win their seventh-straight conference series dating back to the 2010 season. They took two of three from San Jose State last weekend to win the first two series of a season for the first time in school history.
The Lady Techsters (11-25, 2-4) won their series at Nevada last time out. Louisiana Tech was swept by Fresno State in its first conference series.
The three-game set begins with a single game Friday, followed by a Saturday doubleheader. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. (MT) Friday, and 1 p.m. (MT) Saturday.
Boise State is 3-1 in April, after picking up 15 wins in the month of March, a single-month school record. The Broncos are perfect in eight home games this season.
Live video, audio and 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 win streak helped the Broncos win 15 games in March, a single-month school record. Boise State kept the momentum into the first weekend of April, winning a conference series at San Jose State 2-1, and taking a single game at Saint Mary's.
Juniors Allie Crump and Aubray Zell lead the team in the circle. Crump sports a 10-5 record with a 3.97 ERA. Three of Crump's losses have come at the hands of top-25 opponents. Zell led the charge during the win streak, now with a 7-1 record and a 1.94 ERA. Zell has not lost since Feb. 12. She is benefiting from not making mistakes. Zell has allowed the fewest home runs in the WAC, and ranks 15th nationally in walks allowed per seven innings.
Sophomore Lela Work has appeared in a team-high 20 games, coming on in relief 18 times. Work also has an ERA below 4.0, at 3.57. Work is 4-5 on the season, but ranks second in the nation in saves with six.
Devon Bridges is enjoying a breakout freshman campaign, pacing the Bronco offense. Bridges is batting .422 with nine home runs and 35 RBI, leading the team in each category. She has reached base safely in 25-consecutive games. Bridges has two grand slams this season, making her the only player with multiple career grand slams in school history. She has thrived at home, hitting .650 with eight home runs and 17 RBI in eight games at Mountain Cove Softball Field.
Sophomore Holly Bourke has joined Bridges as the Broncos' hottest hitters since conference play started. Bourke is batting .486 with 17 hits in the last 10 games. She has scored nine runs and driven in 10 during the span with a home run and four doubles. Bourke is tied for the team lead with 12 multi-hit games this year.
About Louisiana Tech
The Lady Techsters rely heavily on pitcher Meghan Krieg, a 2010 All-WAC First Team honoree. Krieg is on pace to repeat those accolades. She leads the conference in strikeouts per seven innings (8.77), while ranking 36th nationally. Her 175 punchouts for the year are good for No. 16 in the country. Krieg has started all but one game during the Lady Techsters' conference slate, pitching complete games each time she took the ball.
Reigning WAC Hitter of the Week, Heather Doiron, is tied for the team lead with 25 hits, while Allie Geisler leads the way with 17 RBI and six home runs.
Tied 3-3. Each team has won a season series, and Boise State added a win at the 2010 WAC Tournament. Louisiana Tech took the 2009 series, which was shortened to two games due to weather.
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. Boise State currently sits at No. 90 in the latest rankings released April 5. Three other WAC members are ranked in the top 100 with Fresno State leading the way at No. 17. Hawai'i checks in at No. 53 and New Mexico State is No. 57. The Broncos play all three teams in consecutive weekends to finish the regular season.
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...Bridges followed that with a 4-for-8 performance in a three-game series at San Jose State April 1-2. She scored twice and drove in four runs, including a solo home run in the last game. Bridges also drew a walk in each game.
Boise State won its first two conference series for the first time in school history. A 3-0 sweep of Nevada (March 25-26) and a 2-1 series win at San Jose State (April 1-2) netted the Broncos their best conference start in the program's three-year history. The Broncos have won their last six WAC series dating back to the end of the 2010 season when they took three-game sets from Utah State, Louisiana Tech, San Jose State and Nevada to finish third in the regular season standings.