Glover Named co-POY, Three More Broncos Earn All-MW

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.-Tara Glover led a quartet of Boise State softball student-athletes named to the 2012 All-Mountain West Team, the conference announced Tuesday. Glover was named co-Player of the Year and was joined by Devon Bridges, Kellie Caplan and Aubray Zell on the all-conference team.

Glover, a sophomore centerfielder, put together one of the most impressive individual conference seasons in Mountain West history. Her .622 batting average and .638 on-base percentage rank second and 1.067 slugging percentage ranks third in conference history for conference-only games. Glover's 28 hits against MW foes are tied for seventh all-time, cracking the top 10 with just a 12-game conference schedule when all other spots on the list are occupied by players with at least 18 games.

She recorded a hit in 11 of the 12 conference games, including 10 multi-hit games. During league games the Grants Pass, Ore., native led the MW in hits, batting average, and stolen bases (six), while ranking second in runs (17), doubles (six) and slugging percentage. She also hit four home runs and a triple. Glover is the Broncos' first conference player of the year in the sport of softball. She shared the top honor with San Diego State's Hayley Miles.

Bridges, Caplan and Zell each earned the second all-conference award of their careers as they were named to the 20-person All-Mountain West Team. Bridges and Zell were named to the All-WAC First Team in 2011, while Caplan was a 2010 All-WAC Second Team honoree.

Bridges, a sophomore outfielder, hit .361 during conference play with five home runs. The Danville, Calif., native was second in the MW with 16 runs driven in against conference opponents. Bridges' five round-trippers ranked fourth in the league and she was seventh in runs scored (nine) and slugging percentage (.778).

Caplan batted .310 with eight runs scored and four stolen bases in conference play. The senior also held down second base with a .982 fielding percentage as she committed just one error in her 56 chances. Caplan ranked second on the team in putouts (23) and assists (32) in league games.

Zell pitched in nine conference games, making eight starts, and compiled a 4-3 record with one save and a 3.94 ERA. The senior struck out 24 and walked just nine in her 42.2 innings. Her eight starts and one save were tied for the league highs, as she ranked second with four complete games and third in wins and innings.