Boise State softball welcomes No. 25/24 Fresno State to Mountain Cove Softball Field, Friday and Saturday, for a high-stakes Western Athletic Conference series.
The Broncos (29-15, 12-3) enter the weekend a game behind the Bulldogs for second place in the conference standings with just two weeks remaining in the regular season. Boise State is coming off a historic sweep of Hawai’i last weekend. The Broncos picked up their first win against the Rainbow Wahine in school history on their way to handing Hawai’i its first sweep at home since 2005.
The Bulldogs (29-11, 13-2) have swept back-to-back conference series against San Jose State and Utah State heading into the matchup. Fresno State has won 14 of its last 17 overall.
The three-game set begins with a single game Friday, followed by a Saturday doubleheader. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. (MT) Friday, and 1 p.m. (MT) Saturday.
Live video, audio and stats will be available for each game of the series. For more information, check the schedule page at BroncoSports.com.
About the Broncos
Boise State softball is in its third season. Head coach Erin Thorpe and the Broncos return 15 letterwinners and eight starters from the 2010 squad that finished third in the Western Athletic Conference.
After a 2-8 start, Boise State posted a school-record 12-game winning streak behind dominant pitching. The Bronco pitching staff combined for a staggering 0.65 ERA in the last 10 games of the streak, a span that included a 41-inning scoreless streak.
The win streak propelled the Broncos into the confernce slate where they started 8-1. Boise State enters this weekend 12-3 in WAC play, fresh off a road sweep of Hawai’i. The Broncos control their own destiny with two weeks left in the regular season and series against the first- and second-place teams looming.
About Fresno State
The Bulldogs are vying to reclaim the WAC Championship and maintain their status as the only team in the country to be selected to every NCAA Tournament in the sport of softball- 29 to this point. The Bulldogs rank in the bottom half of the WAC in most offensive categories, but have solid pitching and the WAC’s best defense.
Michelle Moses leads the charge on both sides of the ball. Moses boasts a 2.85 ERA with 169 strikeouts in 145 innings. She is joined on the pitching staff by Mackenzie Oakes who is 16-2 with a 2.02 ERA.
Moses also has 12 home runs on the year to lead a scrappy Fresno State offense. Andre Ortega has a team-high .327 batting average. The Series
Fresno State leads 8-1. The last four games in the series have been decided by one run.
Broncos Cleaning Up in the Circle
Juniors Allie Crump and Aubray Zell have combined for four Verzon WAC Pitcher of the Week awards this season. Zell earned the first in Bronco history for the week of Feb. 28-March 6, after tossing the program’s first no-hitter. Crump took home the award the following week, earning three wins at the Santa Clara Bronco Classic and allowing just one unearned run on the weekend. Zell repeated as WAC Pitcher of the Week April 4-10, going 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA against Louisiana Tech. She is the first Bronco to earn multiple weekly awards in her career. She added her third weekly honor after going 2-0 with a 0.50 ERA in the Broncos’ sweep of Hawai’i. Zell is the first player to earn three WAC Pitcher of the Week honors this season.
Devon Bridges is among the most accomplished freshmen across the country. Bridges ranks in the top 12 in her class, nationally, in seven categories: on-base percentage (second); slugging percentage (sixth); RBI per game (sixth); home runs (seventh); home runs per game (eighth); batting average (11th); and walks per game (12th).
Hundred Hit Club
Junior Kellie Caplan became the second Bronco to record 100 career hits March 19, against Arizona State...Junior Christina Capobianco joined her in the century club March 26, against Nevada. Capobianco earned her milestone with a pinch-hit, two-run double... Sophomore Holly Bourke cracked the 100-hit mark April 15, at Utah State. She joins former Bronco Kathy Cox as the only players to reach 100 hits in their first two seasons, and Bourke is the first sophomore to do so...Juniors Allie Crump and Tazz Weatherly notched their 100th hits together, April 23, in the series finale at Hawai’i.