HONOLULU-Boise State softball knocked off Hawai'i for the first time in school history, Friday, with a 2-1 win in Honolulu. The Broncos used a two-run home run from Christina Capobianco in the fifth inning to get on the board first and Aubray Zell picked up the complete-game win in the circle.
Hawai'i starter Stephanie Ricketts breezed through the first four innings as she and Zell were locked in a pitcher's duel. Each allowed just two base runners headed to the fifth. Ricketts had faced the minimum as both Bronco threats were retired on the base paths.
In the fifth, a one-out walk to Devon Bridges brought Capobianco to the plate with the Broncos yet to get a ball out of in the infield. Capobianco fixed that and changed the complexion of the game driving a 0-1 pitch over the wall in center. The junior's fifth home run of the season gave Boise State its first lead against the Rainbow Wahine in program history.
The walk to Bridges extended her on-base streak to 32 games. She walked twice in the game.
The Broncos (27-15, 10-3) were not finished in the fifth. They proceeded to load the bases on two more hits and a walk in the inning. They could not capitalize, though, leaving three aboard.
Zell made the lead hold up. She worked quickly, needing just 83 pitches in her seven innings. The only spot of trouble came in the sixth when Hawai'i (30-14, 8-5) scored an unearned run and left the tying run at second.
Zell, who thrives on keeping the ball down in the zone, induced 14 groundouts while also striking out four. She did not walk a batter for the 12th time in her last 15 appearances. Zell improved to 11-2 on the year and now has a win against all seven Western Athletic Conference opponents in her career. She is the first Bronco to accomplish the feat.
All of the balls in the infield kept Allie Crump busy at first base. Crump tied the school record with 15 putouts in the game.
Capobianco and Tazz Weatherly each finished with two hits to lead the Broncos who out-hit the Rainbow Wahine, 6-5.
Boise State shook its recent struggles getting off to a strong start on the road. The Broncos won the first game of a conference road series for the first time in nearly a year (April 23, 2010, at Louisiana Tech).
The Broncos became the seventh team in WAC history to win 10 conference games twice in its first three seasons in the conference. They are the first to do so in the program's first three years of existence.
The win puts the Broncos two games ahead of the Rainbow Wahine in the WAC standings. The two teams finish their three-game series Saturday, with first pitch scheduled for 8 p.m. (MT).