Conference Title on Line in Las Cruces
Boise State softball wraps up the regular season at New Mexico State, Friday and Saturday, with the Western Athletic Conference regular-season crown up for grabs.
The Broncos (32-15, 15-3) enter the weekend riding a six-game win streak. Back-to-back sweeps of Hawai'i and Fresno State vaulted Boise State into first place in the conference by itself- a program first- one game ahead of the Aggies
New Mexico State (37-15, 14-4) dropped three games at Hawai'i last week to set up the showdown.
Boise State will clinch a share of the conference crown with one win. A series win gives the Broncos the title outright and the number one seed in the WAC Tournament, May 11-14, in Fresno Calif.
The three-game set begins with a single game Friday, followed by a Saturday doubleheader. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. (MT) Friday, and 2 p.m. (MT) Saturday.
Live stats will be available for each game of the series. For more information, check the schedule page at BroncoSports.com.
About the Broncos
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 15-3 in WAC play, fresh off a sweep of Fresno State. The Broncos became the first team to sweep a season series from the Bulldogs in WAC history, and are in first place in the conference.
The Broncos are 13-2 in their last 15 games. The span includes not only the sweep of Fresno State, but a sweep at Hawai'i. It was the first time the Rainbow Wahine suffered a sweep at home since 2005, and was the first three wins in the all-time series for Boise State. The marquee wins have put the Broncos in the national conversation, receiving votes in the Ultimate College Softball Top 25 Poll for consecutive weeks. Boise State has nine votes in the latest poll, released Tuesday.
Junior Aubray Zell leads the team in the circle with a 14-2 record and 1.73 ERA. Zell has been named WAC Pitcher of the Week three times this season. Earning the Broncos' first win against Hawai'i, she became the only pitcher in school history to beat all seven WAC teams. Fellow junior Allie Crump joined that exclusive club with a win against Fresno State. Crump is 13-6 on the year with a 3.73 ERA.
Devon Bridges is enjoying a breakout freshman campaign, pacing the Bronco offense. Bridges is batting .387 with 13 home runs and 48 RBI, leading the team in each category. She has thrived in WAC play, hitting nine home runs and driving in 27 while slugging 1.023.
Juniors Christina Capobianco and Tazz Weatherly have joined Bridges as the Broncos' hottest hitters the last 15 games. Capobianco is slugging .821 with five homers, while Weatherly is batting .410 with 12 runs and seven RBI during the span.
About New Mexico State
Hoku Nohara leads the nation in home runs (21) and slugging percentage (1.051), while drawing more than one walk per game. Tiare Jennings adds more pop to the lineup with 14 homers. NMSU also has 73 steals.
The pitching staff is led by Alex Newman's 20-6 record with a 3.46 ERA. Newman has started 13 conference games, while Celisha Walker took the ball in the other five. Neither averages four strikeouts per seven innings.
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