Broncos Close Mountain Cove Against Texas A&M
Boise State hosts No. 16/14 Texas A&M for three games Thursday through Saturday, to close out the regular season. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m. (MT) each day.
The series will mark the final home games for six Bronco seniors, the first four-year class in program history. It will also be the last time Boise State plays at Mountain Cove Softball Field.
The Broncos (34-17, 8-4 MW) will send off their home field in style against the highest-ranked opponent to visit Boise State, before moving to Dona Larsen Park next season. The last time the Broncos hosted a ranked foe, they swept then-No. 25 Fresno State (April 29-30, 2011).
Boise State will honor its six seniors Saturday, following the game. Kellie Caplan, Christina Capobianco, Allie Crump, Kelly Sweeney, Tazz Weatherly and Aubray Zell have all been part of the program since its inaugural 2009 season.
Live audio and live stats will be available for each game at BroncoSports.com. Live video will be available for the entire series, and requires a subscription to BroncoVision. The games will also be aired on tape delay on The Mtn., beginning Wednesday, May 16. The Thursday game can be seen Wednesday at 8 p.m. (MT) and Firday's contest will run at 10 p.m. (MT). The series finale (Saturday) will air Thursday, May 17, at 2 p.m. (MT).
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About the Broncos
Boise State finished 8-4 in its first season as a member of the Mountain West and is still in contention for the conference championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. The Broncos won three-game series against UNLV (April 13-15), New Mexico (April 27-29) and San Diego State (May 4-6).
Seniors Aubray Zell and Allie Crump anchor the pitching staff for yet another year. Zell is a five-time Mountain West Pitcher of the Week after winning the weekly award three times last season in the WAC. She is 20-11 on the year with a 2.30 ERA and a school-record 169 strikeouts. Crump is 6-3 this season with a 2.91 ERA.
Boise State's top producer with the bat is at the top of the order. Sophomore transfer Tara Glover is hitting .483 to rank second in the country. Glover set the single-season hits record April 22, at Colorado State and currently has 84. She also leads the team with a .730 slugging percentage thanks in large part to a school-record four triples. Glover has used her speed to score 50 runs and steal 17 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.
Crump is also a standout at the plate with eight homers, six doubles and 34 RBI. Sophomore Devon Bridges and senior Christina Capobianco continue to be among the biggest power threats for the Broncos. Bridges leads the team with 13 homers and 39 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 .336 batting average.
Conference Championship Scenarios
Top of the Mountain
Last Time Out
Devon Bridges belted two home runs to back Aubray Zell's complete-game performance as Boise State took the opening game of its series with San Diego State 6-1. Zell scattered six hits, walked one and struck out five to become the first Bronco with a 20-win season and hand the Aztecs their first loss in conference play.
Bridges hit a two-run shot in the top of the first inning to get the scoring started following a Tara Glover infield single to lead off the game. After her early power display, Bridges drew a bases-loaded walk in the second to give Glover her second run of the game and 50th of the season, capping a three-run inning for Boise State as it took a 5-0 lead. The sophomore slugger led off the fifth inning with her 13th home run of the year, marking the third multi-homer game of her career.
Back-to-back home runs in the top of the sixth inning lifted Boise State to a 4-3 win against Saturday, to clinch the series win. Allie Crump's three-run home run tied the game before Holly Bourke put the Broncos on top. Both blasts came with two away. It is the fifth time this year the Broncos have hit back-to-back home runs and the second time in conference play a game-tying three-run homer was followed by a go-ahead shot.
Lela Work twirled a gem in the circle for the Broncos, picking up a complete-game win as she scattered six hits and issued two walks but struck out six, five coming with runners in scoring position. Work, typically used as a closer throughout her career, returned to the rubber with a one-run lead and slammed the door in the late innings. She needed just 21 pitches to sit the Aztecs down in order over the final two frames.
San Diego State scored seven unanswered runs to defeat Boise State 7-1 Sunday, in the Broncos' final Mountain West game of the year. The Aztecs used a four-run fourth inning to break a 1-1 tie and seize control of the game.
Boise State struck first with a run on three hits in the second inning. Katie Engelbrecht delivered the RBI with a single up the middle.
Aztec starter Bailey Micetich retired the final 16 Bronco hitters, including 12 strikeouts. Glover struck out twice, her first two punch outs in conference play, as her 13-game hitting streak and 37-game reached-base-safely streaks came to an end.
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