Bronco Hit Parade Marches Past Rebels

BOISE, Idaho- Tara Glover and Tazz Weatherly led a Boise State offense that backed Allie Crump's strong pitching performance in a 7-5 win against UNLV Saturday, at Mountain Cove Softball Field. Glover was 3-for-4 with her second home run of the series while Weatherly went 3-for-3 and drove in a pair of runs.

Crump pitched six and two-thirds innings, holding the Rebels to three hits through six before running into trouble in the seventh. She struck out seven while not walking a batter.

The Broncos (28-13, 2-0 Mountain West) pounded out 13 hits, including six straight in a four-run third inning, on their way to extending the nation's second-longest home winning streak to 25 games. Glover had Boise State's only two extra-base hits of the game, including a blast to dead center leading off the third to score the first run of the game.

The next five Broncos followed with base hits, highlighted by RBI singles from Devon Bridges, Crump and Weatherly. At the end of three, Boise State led 4-0 and Crump was perfect in the circle.

UNLV (19-20, 0-2) cut into the lead in the fourth with a two-out, two-run home run from Tayler Aleman. It was the first hit off of Crump as the leadoff hitter reached on catcher's interference.

Crump (6-2) worked out of trouble in the top of the fifth to keep the Broncos on top. After a two-out double put runners at second and third, the senior hurler caught the Rebels' top hitter Paige Emerson looking on the outside corner for strike three to end the inning.

The Boise State bats responded in the bottom of the frame as Capobianco and Bridges each picked up their second hits of the game to get the Broncos started. Weatherly capped her day with a run-scoring single before Mackenzie Whyte drove in two more runs with a single to left, giving Boise State a 7-2 lead.

The score remained the same in the seventh inning when UNLV finally got to Crump. A leadoff single was followed by two outs, but a base hit and a home run cut the lead to 7-5. After another two-out hit brought the tying run to the plate, head coach Erin Thorpe went to the bullpen. Aubray Zell came on and needed just five pitches to record a one-out save, her second save of the season.

The series concludes Sunday, at 1 p.m. at Mountain Cove Softball Field. Live audio (free) and video (subscription) will be available on BroncoSports.com.


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