BOISE, Idaho-Boise State used early offense to knock off New Mexico 8-5, in the opener of a Mountain West Friday, at Mountain Cove Softball Field. The Broncos (31-15, 5-2 MW) scored three times in the first inning and jumped out to an 8-1 lead through four innings before holding on for the win.
Aubray Zell pitched a complete game for her 19th win of the year. Zell allowed five runs (three earned) on 11 hits. She struck out three while issuing just one walk. Zell held the high-powered Lobo offense without an earned run through six and two-thirds innings. Back-to-back home runs with two outs in the top of the seventh plated three and provided the final margin.
After Zell sat down the Lobos in order to start the game, the first five Broncos reach base. Devon Bridges singled in the first run of the game on a blooper to left. Allie Crump punched a two-run single through the left side to give Boise State some breathing room. The Broncos went on to bring the entire lineup to the plate in the first and set itself up for one of the most productive games of the season.
Tara Glover and Kellie Caplan again reached to start the second inning. A sacrifice fly off the bat of Christina Capobianco and an RBI groundout from Bridges had Boise State on top 5-0.
Glover led off the fourth inning with her second double of the game, setting up another three-run frame. This time it was freshman Jordan Kreiger with the big hit. With the bases loaded and two away, Krieger laced a full-count pitch through the right side to score two and put Boise State ahead 8-1.
New Mexico (24-17, 0-4 MW) tacked on an unearned run in the fifth inning to cut the Bronco lead to six. The homer-powered two-out rally in the seventh trimmed the margin in half, but Zell was able to retire Danielle Castro on tapper in front of the plate for the final out of the game.
Glover and Caplan each recorded three hits in the game, jump starting the offense as the top two hitters in the Bronco order. Glover hit her 12th and 13th doubles of the season to break the school record. She also scored three times.
Bridges and Bourke registered multi-hit games. Bridges was 2-for-4 with a pair of runs batted in. Her second hit, a single in the fourth, was the 100th of her career. She is the seventh Bronco to reach the century mark and joins Bourke as the only players to do so as sophomore.
Boise State's home winning streak is up to 27 games, the second-longest active streak in the nation. The three-game series continues Saturday, at 3 p.m. from Mountain Cove Softball Field.