Broncos Host UNLV to Open Mountain West Play
Boise State welcomes UNLV to Mountain Cove Softball Field Friday through Sunday, for the Broncos' first conference series as a member of the Mountain West. First pitch Friday is scheduled for 3 p.m., with the Saturday and Sunday tilts slated for 1 p.m.
Boise State (26-13) enters the conference opener having played just once in the past two weeks- a 7-6 comeback victory April 4, at Idaho State. The Rebels (19-18) dropped two games against Southern Utah Wednesday, in their final tune up before league action.
UNLV was picked to finish second in the conference after a runner-up finish in the Mountain West a year ago. The Broncos were tabbed third in the preseason coaches' poll.
Fans can get into Saturday's game free of charge by showing their "Beat Coach Pete" t-shirt at the gate.
Live audio and live stats will be available free of charge for each game at BroncoSports.com. Live video will be available Friday and Sunday, and requires a subscription to BroncoVision. The Friday and Sunday games will also be aired on tape delay on The Mtn., beginning Tuesday, April 18, at 3:30 and 8 p.m. (MT). Check your local listings for channel information and additional air times.
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About the Broncos
The Broncos welcome back the bulk of last season's production at the plate and in the circle. Returning is 93.5 percent of the Broncos' hits in 2011, 89 percent of the runs scored, 96.4 percent of the home runs and 96.8 percent of the innings pitched.
After a 15-10 start on its season-opening 25-game road swing, Boise State won its first eight home games. The 26-13 record is the best 39-game start in school history and the 2012 squad did it against the toughest schedule yet. The Broncos have played 10 games against teams ranked in the top 20 of both major top-25 polls. Fifteen games featured opponents returning from the 2011 NCAA Tournament, including five games against 2011 WCWS teams.
Seniors Aubray Zell and Allie Crump anchor the pitching staff for yet another year. Zell is a four-time Mountain West Pitcher of the Week after winning the weekly award three times last season in the WAC. She is 16-8 on the year with a 1.84 ERA and a school-record 145 strikeouts. Crump is 5-2 this season with a 2.78 ERA.
Crump is also a standout at the plate with six homers, four doubles and a team-best 26 RBI. Sophomore Devon Bridges and senior Christina Capobianco continue to be among the biggest power threats for the Broncos. Bridges leads the team with eight homers. Capobianco has parked five and has 25 RBI, while Bridges is hitting .327 with 23 driven in.
Boise State's top producer with the bat is at the top of the order. Sophomore transfer Tara Glover is hitting .434 and leads the team with a .612 slugging percentage thanks in large part to a school-record three triples. Glover has used her speed to score 33 runs and steal 11 bases, both team highs. A native of Grants Pass, Ore., Glover transfered to Boise State from Utah, where she started all 51 games for the Utes as a freshman in 2011.
Zell and freshman Kenzie Cole have combined for two historic pitching performances this season. Against Cal Poly (Feb. 24) Cole started and pitched 3.2 hitless innings. Zell finished the game and kept the combined no-hitter in tact. Against Alcorn State (March 9) the roles were reversed. Zell struck out 14 in six innings before Cole finished the game with two punchouts to set the team record at 16.
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