Bronco Bats Come Alive to Salvage Series Finale
FORT COLLINS, Colo.—Boise State used 14 hits to score 11 runs and take the series finale from Colorado State 11-7, Sunday, at Ram Field. Tara Glover led the Broncos with a 4-for-5 performance and set the single-season hits record along the way.

Boise State (30-15, 4-2 Mountain West) took control of a back-and-forth game with five runs in the fifth inning and four more in the sixth. Colorado State (22-22, 2-4 MW) struck first with a solo home run in the second. After the Broncos claimed a 2-1 advantage in the third, the Rams posted three runs in the fourth to go back on top. That’s when Boise State broke out offensively. Colorado State did not go away, scoring once each in the final three innings, but the Broncos held on for the win.

The big fifth started with a bunt single for Glover and an error allowing Kellie Caplan to reach. Singles from Christina Capobianco and Devon Bridges tied the game before Allie Crump drew a walk to load the bases. Holly Bourke came on to pinch hit with one out and the bags still full. Bourke delivered a bases-clearing double to stake the Broncos to a 7-4 lead.

After the Rams cut the lead to two, Glover started another rally with an infield single. Caplan walked for the third time in the game and Capobianco moved both runners into scoring position with a ground out to the right side. Bridges scored Glover with a sacrifice fly before Crump pushed in another run with a double. Mackenzie Whyte followed with her third home run of the season and Boise State was on top 11-5. Single tallies for the Rams in the sixth and seventh provided the final margin.

Aubray Zell started for Boise State, pitching four innings and allowing four runs on six hits. All four runs scored via home runs. Zell struck out five and did not walk a batter.

After the Broncos jumped on top in the top of the fifth, Lela Work came out of the bullpen to hang on to the lead. Work finished the game for her third save of the season and 10th of her career. She allowed three runs on four hits and three walks in her three innings.

The Broncos got on the scoreboard in the third inning, after Glover led off with her fourth triple of the season. A walk to Caplan put to runners on the corners and the top-of-the-lineup duo executed a double steal for the first run. Capobianco singled in Caplan to put the Broncos on top for the first time in the game, 2-1. The four triples ties Glover for the career record at Boise State.

Boise State did not add a run in the seventh inning, but Glover singled through the right side for her fourth hit of the game and 70th hit of the season.

For the first time in conference play, Glover did not record a hit to lead off the first inning. She more than made up for it the rest of the way. Glover had a hit in her final four at bats to tie the school record for hits in a game and become the first Bronco to register 70 hits in a season. The sophomore set the mark in just the 45th game of the season. Kathy Cox set the previous single-season mark of 69 hits in 2010, playing in 61 games.

San Diego State swept a road series at New Mexico to improve to 6-0 in conference and take a two-game lead over the Broncos with six games remaining for each team.

The Broncos are back in action April 27-29, at home against the Lobos. The Friday and Saturday games are set to start at 3 p.m. (MT), with Sunday’s finale starting at 1 p.m. (MT) from Mountain Cove Softball Field.

Tara Glover’s 70 hits are good for ninth on the Boise State career hits list…Glover’s six total bases giver her 104 for the season, just the third player in school history with 100 or more total bases in a season…Glover scored three Sunday to give her 41 runs this season, the second-best single-season mark at Boise State…Mackenzie Whyte cracked the career home run top 10 with her sixth to tie for eighth in school history…Holly Bourke is now 9-for-23 (.391) in her career with the bases loaded, and has driven in 21 runs including one grand slam (March 2, 2012 vs. Howard).

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