Broncos Make First Conference Road Trip to CSU
Boise State hits the road in conference play for the first time as a member of the Mountain West, with a three-game series at Colorado State. The Broncos and Rams will face off Friday through Sunday, as Boise State looks to stay on top of the conference standings. First pitch will be at 4 p.m. (MT) Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, from Fort Collins, Colo.
Boise State (29-13, 3-0) is tied for first in the MW after sweeping UNLV to open conference play. The Broncos have started 3-0 in league action during each of the program's first four seasons, but have never moved to 4-0.
CSU (20-21, 0-3) was picked to finish fifth in the conference after a 2011 campaign that saw them finish 8-43, including 1-14 in MW play. In head coach Jen Fisher's second year, the Rams are out to a 20-21 record, and dropped a pair of one-run games at preseason-favorite San Diego State before losing the finale 4-1 in suffering a sweep to open the confernce portion of their schedule.
The Aztecs are tied with Boise State atop the conference standings one week into the season. They travel to New Mexico this weekend, while UNLV is off.
Boise State and CSU have five common opponents thus far, with the Broncos holding a 7-1 mark against those teams. The Rams are 5-2 in such games, including a 10-9, extra-inning victory over Portland State Monday, in their most recent outing.
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Crump is also a standout at the plate with seven homers, four doubles and a team-best 28 RBI. Sophomore Devon Bridges and senior Christina Capobianco continue to be among the biggest power threats for the Broncos. Bridges leads the team with nine homers. Capobianco has parked five and has 26 RBI, while Bridges is hitting .347 with 27 driven in.
Boise State's top producer with the bat is at the top of the order. Sophomore transfer Tara Glover is hitting .453 and leads the team with a .676 slugging percentage thanks in large part to a school-record three triples. Glover has used her speed to score 37 runs and steal 12 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.
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Boise State scored twice in the bottom of the seventh to walk off with a 3-2 win Friday, against the Rebels in the Mountain West opener for both teams.
Down to their final two outs and trailing by a run, the Broncos used a pinch-hit single from Tazz Weatherly to keep hope alive. Tara Glover drew a walk and Boise State had the winning run at first base. Kellie Caplan grounded through the right side to score Weatherly from second and tie the game. As the throw came home, Glover was caught rounding third base. UNLV catcher Heather Harrison went to transfer the ball from her hand to her glove in anticipation of making a tag to end the rundown, but the ball popped out and Glover skated by for the winning run.
Aubray Zell went the distance, allowing two runs on just three hits for her school-record 17th win of the season. Zell walked one and struck out four as she needed just 89 pitches to get through seven innings.
Glover and Weatherly led a Boise State offense that backed Allie Crump's strong pitching performance Saturday, in a 7-5 win 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. Aubray Zell needed just five pitches to record a one-out save, her second save of the season.
Devon Bridges and Crump hit back-to-back home runs in the fifth inning to propel Boise State to a series sweep. The Broncos won 5-4 as Bridges drilled a three-run shot before Crump's solo blast gave Boise State the lead.
Lela Work pitched five shutout innings of relief, giving up four hits and two walks while striking out four. Work earned the win in her first appearance since March 22, improving to 4-2 on the season.
Glover finished the game 2-for-3, as she went 7-for-10 in the series with two home runs and multiple hits in each game. Weatherly also stayed hot at the dish throughout the three-game set, going 1-for-1 Sunday, with two walks as she reached base in all seven plate appearances and stole four bases in the series.
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