Crucial Series Awaits Broncos in San Diego
Boise State heads to conference-leading San Diego State for three games Friday through Sunday with a chance to clinch a share of the Mountain West title. First pitch Friday is scheduled for 6 p.m. (PT), with the Saturday and Sunday tilts set for 1 p.m. (PT).
A three-game sweep for the Broncos (32-16, 6-3) would guarantee a co-championship and give them the tiebreaker over the Aztecs to gain the Mountain West's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament, awarded to the regular-season champion.
The Aztecs (26-19, 6-0) enter the series having won their last nine games in Mountain West play, dating back to last season. San Diego State is seeking to reach the NCAA Tournament for a fifth-straight season and can secure its bid with two wins against the Broncos. SDSU concludes its regular season May 10-12, at UNLV.
Boise State will return home to finish its regular-season schedule May 10-12, against No. 18/16 Texas A&M.
Saturday's game will be telecast live on The Mtn. It will be the first Boise State softball game televised live nationally.
Live stats and live audio will be available free of charge for each game. Links to both can be found at BroncoSports.com on the softball schedule page. The audio feed will be the SDSU student radio production.Stay current with all of the happenings in Boise State Softball by following the official twitter account of the Broncos @BroncoSportsSB.
About the Broncos
Boise State softball is in its fourth season and first in the Mountain West. Head coach Erin Thorpe and the Broncos return 13 letterwinners and nine starters from the 2011 squad that finished 33-20 and second in the Western Athletic Conference.
The Broncos welcome back the bulk of last season's production at the plate and in the circle. Returning is 93.5 percent of the Broncos' hits in 2011, 89 percent of the runs scored, 96.4 percent of the home runs and 96.8 percent of the innings pitched.
The team's 32-16 record is tied for the best start in school history and the 2012 squad did it against the toughest schedule yet. The Broncos have played 10 games against teams ranked in the top 20 of both major top-25 polls. Fifteen games featured opponents returning from the 2011 NCAA Tournament, including five games against 2011 WCWS teams.
After three-quarters of its first season in the Mountain West, Boise State is 6-3 and still in contention for the conference championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. The Broncos swept UNLV (April 13-15), took one of three at Colorado State (April 20-22) and won the series 2-1 from New Mexico (April 27-29).
Seniors Aubray Zell and Allie Crump anchor the pitching staff for yet another year. Zell is a four-time Mountain West Pitcher of the Week after winning the weekly award three times last season in the WAC. She is 19-10 on the year with a 2.22 ERA and a school-record 163 strikeouts. Crump is 6-3 this season with a 2.91 ERA.
Crump is also a standout at the plate with seven homers, five doubles and 31 RBI. Sophomore Devon Bridges and senior Christina Capobianco continue to be among the biggest power threats for the Broncos. Bridges leads the team with 11 homers and 35 runs driven in. Capobianco has parked six and totalled 31 RBI. The senior first baseman is the career leader in home runs and RBI. Bridges is also second on the team with a .343 batting average.Boise State's top producer with the bat is at the top of the order. Sophomore transfer Tara Glover is hitting .479 to rank third in the country. Glover set the single-season hits record April 22, at Colorado State and currently has 78. She also leads the team with a .736 slugging percentage thanks in large part to a school-record four triples. Glover has used her speed to score 48 runs and steal 15 bases, both team highs. A native of Grants Pass, Ore., Glover transfered to Boise State from Utah, where she started all 51 games for the Utes as a freshman in 2011.
About San Diego State
The Aztecs lead the conference with a 6-0 mark after sweeps of Colorado State (home) and New Mexico (road). SDSU features the top pitching staff in the MW with a league-best 2.45 ERA. Rebecca Arbino (2.16) and Bailey Micetich (2.30) share time in the circle nearly equally. Micetich is the reigning Mountain West Pitcher of the Week.Offensively, sophomore shortstop Hayley Miles leads the way with a .437 average and 15 home runs. Miles is 10-for-18 in conference games. SDSU was off last weekend and finishes the regular season May 10-12 at UNLV.
This weekend marks the first meeting between Boise State and San Diego State.
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Last Time Out
Boise State used early offense to knock off New Mexico 8-5, Friday. The Broncos 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.
The first five Broncos to the plate reached base in a three-run first inning. 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.
Boise State jumped out to a big lead early against New Mexico for the second-straight day Saturday, and held on for an 8-6 win to clinch the series. The Broncos used another three-hit performance from Tara Glover to power the offense and a complete-game victory out of Lela Work in the circle.
Boise State pushed five across in the second inning on four hits and a costly error. After a two-out error let a pair of runs in, Bridges took advantage of the extra out when she lofted a 3-1 pitch into the visitor's bullpen. Her 11th home run of the year put the Broncos up 6-0.
New Mexico scored in each of the final five innings, including a leadoff home run in the eighth for a 6-5 win in extra innings against Boise State Sunday, snapping the Broncos' home winning streak at 28 games. Down to its final strike, New Mexico (25-18, 1-5 MW) tied the game in the top of the seventh on Stefanie Carramusa's 20th home run of the year.
The Broncos set up a chance to win the game in regulation with singles by the first two batters of the seventh inning. A fielder's choice, a strikeout and a fly out ended the threat with the winning run stranded at third.
Zell took the complete-game loss for Boise State, falling to 19-10 on the year.
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