Broncos Take Two on Saturday

BOISE, Idaho-Boise State softball won two more games Saturday on the second day of the Boise State SpringHill Suites Invitational at Mountain Cove Softball Field. The Broncos beat Seattle 14-1 in their first game before defeating Southern Utah 2-0. The Broncos (8-8) improved to 4-0 in the tournament.

It was a tale of two games as the Broncos used a school-record six home runs to blast past the Redhawks in five innings and picked up a shutout from junior Aubray Zell against the Thunderbirds.

Six different Broncos knocked balls out of the park against Seattle. Back-to-back home runs by junior Kellie Caplan and sophomore Holly Bourke in the second inning gave Boise State a 4-0 lead. Sophomore Megan Harvey launched a solo shot in the third inning before the Broncos poured it on in the fourth. They scored nine runs in the inning, including three home runs. Junior Christina Capobianco hit her second in as many days to lead off the frame. Junior Allie Crump crushed her fourth of the season, a two-run homer. Then freshman Mackenzie Whyte went into her home run trot for the first time in her career in her second at-bat of the inning to cap the scoring.

Crump picked up the complete-game win, allowing one run while scattering four hits and two walks. She struck out eight.

Zell took the ball against SUU just one day after pitching the first Boise State no-hitter against the same team. The Thunderbirds scratched out two hits in the first inning to quickly squelch the thought of a repeat performance. Zell was dominant the rest of the way, earning her fifth-career shutout and striking out seven without walking a batter.

Boise State took the lead in the third inning when Caplan scored on a Crump single hit sharply up the middle. Crump was 3-for-3 in the game at designated player,.

Devon Bridges homered in the sixth inning to give Boise State an insurance run. It gave the Broncos 11 round trippers through the first four home games after they hit just four in the first 12 games of the season.

Boise State has won six-consecutive games, tied for the second-longest win streak in school history. The record of seven-straight was set in the inaugural 2009 season when the Broncos won the first seven games played at Mountain Cove.
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