DENVER-Boise State junior Aubray Zell was named the Verizon Western Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week, Monday, for the week of April 18-24. Zell picked up two complete-game wins while holding a 0.50 ERA as the Broncos swept Hawai'i in Honolulu. It is the third such honor of the season for Zell.
Zell lifted the Broncos to their first win against Hawai'i in school history April 22, allowing just one unearned run on five hits. She struck out four. The Lakewood, Calf., native returned in the series finale and delivered an encore performance. Zell struck out eight and gave up just four hits. She allowed two runs, one earned, as the Broncos became the first team to sweep the Rainbow Wahine in Honolulu since 2005.
She continued her run of precision pitching, allowing no walks in either contest and needing just 153 pitches to work a pair of complete games. Zell has walked only 11 batters on the season in 99 innings. She has not issued a free pass in 13 of her last 16 appearances.
Zell becomes the first three-time WAC Pitcher of the Week honoree this season, as the Broncos have taken home the honor in four of the past eight weeks. Boise State did not receive a pitcher of the week award in its first two seasons.
Zell and the Broncos are 12-3 in WAC play, two games out of first place and one game behind second-place Fresno State. The Bulldogs come to Boise April 29 and 30, in the Broncos' home finale.