Three Broncos Named All-WAC First Team

FRESNO, Calif.-The Western Athletic Conference announced its 2011 softball all-conference teams, Wednesday. Boise State placed five student-athletes on the All-WAC teams, including three first-team honorees.

Freshman Devon Bridges and juniors Allie Crump and Aubray Zell were named to the All-WAC First Team. It is the first time Boise State earned multiple first-team selections as the trio joins Kathy Cox (2010) as the only Broncos named All-WAC First Team in program history.

Juniors Christina Capobianco and Tazz Weatherly picked up second-team selections. Two Broncos were also named to the All-WAC Second Team in 2010, including Crump.

Bridges led the conference in home runs (10), RBI (29) and slugging percentage (.980) in WAC play as a freshman. The Danville, Calif., native batted .373 in conference play and drew the second-most walks (22) to rank No. 2 in the WAC in on-base percentage (.568).

Crump did it on both sides of the ball for the Broncos in 2011 to become the first player in Boise State history to earn multiple all-conference selections. She batted .311 with three home runs and 12 RBI, starting all 21 WAC games in the cleanup spot for the second-place Broncos. Crump, an Elk Grove, Calif., native, also started eight games in the circle and compiled a 4-2 record with a 4.71 ERA in conference play.

Zell earned two of her three WAC Pitcher of the Week awards during conference play as she went on to a 9-2 mark and a 2.80 ERA against WAC foes. The native of Lakewood, Calif., posted a 51:6 strikeout-to-walk ratio over her 65 innings in 13 conference games. Zell won at least one game in each of the Broncos' first six series, including two each in back-to-back sweeps of Hawai'i and Fresno State.

Capobianco turned in three-straight big weeks to end conference play, parlaying it into a second-team All-WAC selection. The junior from Laguna Niguel, Calif., hit .368 with seven homers and 21 RBI in conference play. Capobianco finished the regular season with four-straight multi-hit games and five home runs in the final nine games.

Weatherly led the team in batting average during the WAC season, hitting .377. She also scored 17 runs in the 21 conference games and recorded a hit in 10 of the final 11 regular-season games.

Boise State opens its WAC Tournament run Thursday, at 3 p.m. (MT), against the winner of the Wednesday night matchup between No. 3 Fresno State and No. 6 Louisiana Tech.

All-WAC First Team
Devon Brdiges, Boise State
Teresa Conrad, New Mexico State
Allie Crump, Boise State
Jessica Iwata, Hawai'i
Tiare Jennings, New Mexico State
Kandis Jones, New Mexico State
Michelle Moses, Fresno State
Hoku Nohara, New Mexico State
Andrea Ortega, Fresno State
Kylie Randall, New Mexico State
Stephanie Ricketts, Hawai'i
Valerie Swedberg, New Mexico State
Aubray Zell, Boise State

Player of the Year- Jessica Iwata, Hawai'i
Pitcher of the Year: Stephanie Ricketts, Hawai'i
Freshman of the Year: Valerie Swedberg, New Mexico State
Coach of the Year: Kathy Rodolph, New Mexico State

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