BOISE, Idaho-Boise State softball opened its fall season Saturday, with a doubleheader sweep against College of Southern Idaho at Mountain Cove Softball Field.
The Broncos return three members of the 2011 All-WAC First Team, and each played a big role in game one. Sophomore Devon Bridges blasted two home runs and drove in six runs. Senior Aubray Zell was the starting pitcher and tossed four innings, allowing four hits with five strike outs. Fellow senior Allie Crump finished the game in the circle, giving up just three hits and striking out four. Crump also went 3-for-3 at the plate, driving in three.
Crump stroked two more hits in the finale and drove in another pair of runs. The second game, though, was much more about the Broncos' pitching.
Junior Lela Work needed just 47 pitches to breeze through the first four innings of game two without giving up a hit and striking out seven. The only two baserunners against Work reached on a hit by pitch and an error. Freshman Kenzie Cole finished the game with three innings of two-hit work. Bronco pitchers issued no walks on the day.
Cole was not the only newcomer to make an impact for the Broncos. Three other freshmen and one transfer made their debuts in the blue and orange. Katie Engelbrecht caught all 14 innings and scored three times. Jordan Krieger collected three hits and turned in defensive highlights from three positions on the infield. Lindsey Nicholson finished the day 4-for-5, hitting safely in her last four plate appearances. Sophomore Tara Glover, who played at Utah as a freshman, launched a home run to left center in her first at bat. Glover added two hits in the second game. She also stole a bag in her time on the base paths.
Not to be outdone, many of the familiar faces turned in big games. Of the returners, Christina Capobianco, Kelly Sweeney, Tazz Weatherly and Mackenzie Whyte all registered at least one multi-hit game, with Whyte enjoying two. She and Capobianco followed Bridges' second home run with round trippers of their own to give the Broncos back-to-back-to-back homers in the opener.
The games were played with expanded batting orders and free substitutions.
The Broncos return to action Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 3 p.m., when Washington comes to Mountain Cove Softball Field for one game. Admission to all Boise State fall softball games is free.