WHAT'S ON DECK: The Boise State softball team is looking buck its current four-game losing streak when it travels to Idaho State for a doubleheader on Tuesday and returns home to host Utah State in a weekend WAC series. The Broncos and Bengals will renew their in-state rivalry, which the Broncos dominated last year with a 4-1 record.
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ABOUT IDAHO STATE: The Bengals will come into the doubleheader on Tuesday on a hot streak as they opened conference play with a 2-3 record against Seattle, but won the final two games in the four-game series. The Bengals hold an 8-23 record and are 2-0 at home with a doubleheader sweep of Great Falls. Desirae Hoffman's .425 batting average leads a Bengal offense that sports a .295 average. Taylor Marchione is also hitting at a .400 clip with Megan Miller hitting .356 as well. Despite their high team batting average, the Bengals lack power in the lineup with only 13 homers this year. The Bengal offense has only produced 123 runs in their 31 games while opponents have scored 226 runs. The Bengal pitching staff holds a 6.48 team ERA and allows opponents to hit .304. Kandis Clesson has tossed 123 innings to lead the squad and also holds a team-best 5.58 ERA with a 7-14 record.
ABOUT UTAH STATE: Similar to the Broncos, the Aggies will be trying to rebound from the high-powered offensive attack from Hawaii. The Aggies are 14-20 on the year sit right behind the Broncos with a 3-7 WAC record. Katie Greenough has earned all three WAC wins for the Aggies this year and has a 7-10 record overall. Greenough has eaten up 102 innings in the circle this year with a 4.23 ERA. Mandy Harmon's 57 innings of work is second on the team as is her 5 wins on the year. As a team, the Aggies have a 4.92 ERA and allow opponents to hit .306 while the Aggie offense sports a .264 batting average. Kali Cancelosi leads the way offensively with a .333 batting average on the season and a .486 batting average in WAC games. The Aggies have found their offensive stride in WAC games with 12 of the team's 23 homers coming in those WAC contests. Simone Hubbard has smashed all three of her homers this season in WAC games and sports a .407 batting average in WAC games with an overall .329 average. Kelly Kaneshiro leads the team with eight homers and 24 RBI on the year.
SERIES HISTORIES: The Broncos hold a 4-2 all-time record against their in-state rivals, Idaho State. The Broncos swept a doubleheader in Pocatello in 2009 and took two more wins in Mountain Cove while dropping a game the last time the two met in Mountain Cove. The Broncos swept the Aggies in their first WAC series in program history. The series sweep in Logan, Utah was part of a magical run in March 2009. The Aggies will be looking to return the favor as they make their first trip to Boise this weekend.
ANOTHER MILESTONE FOR COX: Senior Kathy Cox has written the Broncos offensive record book over the past two years. She set several records in 2009 for batting average, hits, runs, RBI and runs among other categories. With her first hit against Hawaii in the Saturday doubleheader, Cox became the first Bronco to reach 100 hits in her career. Cox hit another homer only two at-bats later to push her single season record to 15 and her career record to 26 home runs. Her 14 homers going into last week's games ranked fifth in the nation.
ZELL JOINS 100K CLUB: Sophomore Aubray Zell joined fellow sophomore Allie Crump in the 100-strikeout club with eight strikeouts in a tough luck loss to Utah. Zell has 38 strikeouts this year, which gives her 103 in her career. Her career total ranks second in the short Bronco history behind Crump who has 188 career strikeouts. Zell's eight strikeouts against Utah also ties her single game career-high.
SO CLOSE TO MAKING HISTORY: Allie Crump earned her career-best ninth win this season in a 2-1 victory over Utah. Crump was dominant throughout the game and was on the verge of a historic Bronco moment. Crump was just four outs away from the first no-hitter in Bronco history before Hannah Clements broke up the no-hit bid with two outs in the sixth inning. Crump gave up just two hits in the game and one run while striking out seven. Crump was close to a no-hitter in 2009 as well when she tossed a one-hitter against Utah Valley.
ANOTHER BRONCO FIRST: Although Crump's historic no-hit bid was spoiled, Jessi Hanna provided a little bit of history with the Broncos first-ever walk-off home run to beat Utah 2-1. With one out in the seventh in a 1-1 game, Hanna put one over the fence in left center to give the Broncos the victory. Laeha Hill had a walk-off single to beat Wisconsin in 2009 and Christina Capobianco smashed a walk-off sacrifice fly to down Utah, but no one had hit a home run to end a game as Hanna did over Utah.LOVIN' THE FRIENDLY CONFINES: In 15 games at Mountain Cove, the Broncos hold an 8-7 record and are hitting significantly better. The Broncos .266 season batting average jumps to .319 at home while the 4.59 team ERA falls to 4.10. The Broncos have also hit 20 of their 38 homers this season out of Mountain Cove although opponents have also enjoyed the park by hitting 26 round-trippers. The Broncos have outscored opponents 84-81 on their home turf and outhit their opponents 119-107.