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Broncos Head To WAC Tourney, Face San Jose State

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WHAT’S ON DECK:  The inaugural campaign for the Boise State softball team will extend into postseason play as they enter the WAC Tournament as the No. 7 seed. The Broncos will play the opening game of the tournament against No. 6-seed San Jose State at 2 p.m. (PT) in Fresno, Calif. The winner of that game will move on to face No. 1-seeded Fresno State on Thursday while the loser will drop into the loser’s bracket of the double elimination tournament.

FIRST ROUND MATCHUP: The Broncos and Spartans enter the tournament as the bottom seeds in the conference but will look to make some noise as both have shown upset potential in the later parts of the season. The Broncos had opportunities in all three games to upset Fresno State although they fell just short (literally and figuratively) of earning the victories. The Spartans ended their season with a pair of marathons against Nevada. It took the Wolf Pack 14 innings to beat the Spartans in game one of the doubleheader on Saturday. Game two featured nine and a half scoreless innings before the Spartans brought in the winning run in the bottom of the tenth. The 10-inning victory spoiled Nevada’s hopes of claiming the regular season WAC crown. As a result, the Wolf Pack fell into a tie with Fresno State, who holds the tiebreaker and will be the No. 1 seed in the tournament.

SJSU SERIES HISTORY: The Broncos have lost 13 straight WAC games. Where did their fourth and final victory come from? He Broncos won game two of a three game series at San Jose State on Apr. 4. San Jose State took two out of three games from a slumping Bronco team. Aubray Zell picked up the lone 4-2 victory, tossing a complete game and recording five strikeouts. The Spartans could not move a runner past second base after a first inning two-run bomb from Katie Fangonilo. Amanda Pridmore shut down the Bronco bats in game three, allowing only two hits in an abbreviated 8-0 victory in game three.

WAC TOURNAMENT TICKETS: Tickets for the 2009 Western Athletic Conference Tournament hosted at Bulldog Diamond, May 6-9 are on sale now. Fans can purchase
tickets for the tournament by logging on to www.gobulldogs.com, calling (559) 278-DOGS or by walking up to the ticket office on Bulldog Lane on the campus of Fresno State. All-Tournament tickets in the lower box are $40, upper reserved tickets are $35 and general admission are $20. Tickets for students, youth and senior's are $10 each. Single day tickets will go on sale to the general public online only, beginning May 2. They will be available by phone and via walk up beginning May 4.

BRONCOS BROADCAST ON THE WEB: The WAC Tournament will be broadcast live via the Internet on WAC TV. Fans can buy an All-Access pass for $14.95 and watch every game of the 2009 WAC Softball Tournament. To sign up, visit the WAC website at www.wacsports.com.

NOT A BAD DRAW: Since Utah State isn’t an option in the tournament draw, the Broncos could not ask for a better draw than the one they received. The Broncos only win against WAC Tournament teams came at San Jose State on Apr. 4, and they will get a chance for a second win in the first round of the double elimination tournament. Should they get by San Jose State, the Broncos will then face a very tough Fresno State team. However, the Broncos battled in all three games against the Bulldogs, coming up only a few feet short as Kellie Caplan’s drive in the seventh inning of the final game was caught on the warning track in left center. The fly scored Kelly Sweeney from third to send the game into extra innings to a few feet deeper would have given the Broncos a 9-8 victory.

SETTING THE TABLE: The young Bronco offense has been a bit inconsistent throughout the inaugural season. At times, the first year team has found ways to get the job done. The Broncos are 13-3 when they can outhit their opponents and 17-1 when leading or tied after the sixth inning. If the Bronco offense can get hot and jump out to a lead, put the inaugural team on upset alert in the WAC Tournament.

POWER BATTLE: Cox and Christina Capobianco find themselves in a seesaw battle for the title of Bronco home run leader. Cox held a slim lead with nine homers to Capobianco’s eight entering the final two weeks of the season. Capobianco tied things up with a monster homer in Pocatello on Tuesday and then regained the lead she had held for most of the season with her first WAC homer against Fresno State on Saturday, a three-run bomb to left. The lead wouldn’t last long as Cox launched two homers of her own in the nightcap on Saturday to take the 11-10 lead. Capobianco responded with a solo shot at Hawaii to tie Cox for the team lead. The pair of sluggers ended the regular season tied with 11 homers a piece although Cox won the batting title with a team-leading .350 batting average and a .323 average in WAC games.