Broncos Charge Into WAC Tournament
WHAT'S ON DECK: After winning its final four consecutive WAC series, the Boise State softball team as high hopes as it rides into the WAC Tournament in Las Cruces, N.M. The third seeded Broncos will be taking on No. 6 New Mexico State in the first round with the winner earning the rights to play the second-seeded Fresno State. Game time for the Bronco-Aggie matchup is set for 7 p.m.
BOURKE NAMED WAC HITTER OF THE WEEK: For the second consecutive week, a Boise State softball player has been named the Verizon Wireless WAC Hitter of the Week. Holly Bourke became the third Bronco to earn the weekly WAC honor in 2010 and the fourth in Bronco history. For Bourke, it is her first career honor.
Bourke, a freshman outfielder from Woodland, Calif., hit .800 on the week, going 8-for-10 with three doubles, and three RBI last week. She recorded at least two hits in all three games and went a perfect 3-for-3 in the final two games and also stole two bases. During the week, Bourke ran her hitting streak to six games, which is tied for Boise State's third longest of the year. During the hitting streak, Bourke is hitting .737.
LISTEN TO THE BRONCOS TAKE ON THE WAC: All of the Broncos games at the WAC Tournament will be broadcast live on BroncoSports.com. Steven Olveda will be calling all the action live from Las Cruces. Check out the free audio link here and go to www.WAC.tv for a video feed of all the games in the tournament.
QUICKLY CLIMBING THE LADDER: In just their second year as a program, the Broncos took third place in the regular season conference standings and will enter the 2010 WAC Tournament as the No. 3 seed. In 2009, the Broncos finished the regular season in seventh and snuck into the conference tournament with a 4-16 record. This year, the young team more than tripled that total with a 13-8 record and won five of their seven WAC series.
BLAZIN' FRESHMEN: Freshmen Holly Bourke and Vanessa Alvarez have been on a tear to close out the regular season. Alvarez set a new Bronco record in the final game of the season by extending her hitting streak to 12 games. The record streak includes a hit in 10 straight WAC games. Fellow freshman Bourke is on a six game explosion as she has raised her overall batting average to .322. In the past two weeks, Bourke went 14-for-19 for a .737 batting average, including a trio of 3-for-3 performances. The Broncos will hope to see the freshman stay hot as they enter their first WAC Tournament on Wednesday.
CAPO SLAMS INTO HISTORY BOOKS: After 103 games into the brand new program, Christina Capobianco became the first Bronco to hit a grand slam. The slam couldn't have come at a better time as it gave the Broncos a 6-3 lead in the first game against Nevada. The historic slam was the second homer of the game for Capobianco and tied her career-high with five RBI in the game.
STILL RUNNIN' WILD: The Broncos offense continued to stay hot last weekend as they put up another 27 runs this weekend after dropping 30 on San Jose State the week prior. The Broncos are averaging just under 10 runs per game in the last two weeks as they enter the WAC Tournament. The Blue and Orange offense will hope to keep rolling into the tournament as they face a New Mexico State pitching staff that has a 4.96 overall ERA and 5.01 ERA in WAC games.
WEATHERLY CAPTURES WAC HITTER OF THE WEEK: For the first time in her career, Tazz Weatherly earned a WAC Hitter of the Week honor. The weekly honor marks the second time a member of the Boise State softball team has earned the award this year. Weatherly joins Kathy Cox and Christina Capobianco as the only Broncos ever to earn the award.
Weatherly, a sophomore center fielder from Stockton, Calif., hit .500 on the week, helping the Broncos to a 2-1 record against San Jose State. Weatherly came into the weekend with one career home run and hit two round-trippers on Saturday in a doubleheader split against the Spartans. Weatherly recorded four hits, two home runs, three runs and six RBI and was hit by a pitch twice over the three games. She registered a 1.250 slugging percentage and a .600 on-base percentage. Weatherly recorded her ninth multi-hit game of the year and her two multi-RBI performances on Saturday were her fourth and fifth of the season.
RUNNIN' WILD: The Broncos and Spartans combined for 45 runs in the last weekend's series. The Broncos took two of the three games and scored 32 of those 45 runs thanks to the 15-0 rout in the finale. The 32 runs is, by far, the most the Broncos have scored in a WAC series this year and the most in the program's short history. The Broncos' 15 runs in the series finale are also the most that the young program has ever scored in a WAC game.
WAC TO STREAM WAC TOURNEY: The Western Athletic Conference, in conjunction with its Web site partner JumpTV Sports, has announced it will stream the 2010 WAC Softball Tournament live from Las Cruces, N.M. Viewers can sign up by visiting www.WAC.tv.
The double-elimination tournament will be held May 12-15 at the NMSU Softball Complex on the campus of New Mexico State with the first game beginning at 4:30 p.m. (MT) on Wednesday. Every game of the tournament can be viewed for a single subscription price of $14.95 which will include on-demand viewing of any of the games the following day.
More information and how to subscribe to any of these video streaming events can be found at www.WAC.tv.
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