Saturday, April 23, 2011

Boise State Beats Hawai'i 3-2 to Sweep Series

Boise State and Hawai'i each have a hit through an inning and a half.  Hawai'i got a leadoff single in their half.  Boise State won the first two games so Hawai'i is trying to salvage one.

Hawai'i takes a 2-0 lead, both runs earned but as a result of two Bronco errors in the inning.  Boise State has mounted a bit of a comeback in the fourth.  Allie Crump singled and Devon Bridges walked.  After a Capobianco strikeout, Kelly Sweeney doubled in Crump and Bridges is on third with one out.  Vanessa Alvarez did her job, pinch-hitting for catcher Megan Harvey.  She send a bly ball deep enough to score bridges and the game is knotted at two.

Crump's single in the fifth scored Holly Bourke with the game-winner.

Boise State Beats Hawai'i 7-4

I have heard local Boise media people say that Boise State had no chance to win the WAC because of teams like Fresno State and Hawai'i.

Well, Boise State is on the islands at the moment.  Last night, the Broncos won 2-1 in a pitcher's dual.  Tonight, Boise State leads Hawai'i 7-4.  The game is in the bottom of the seventh.

And the game is over, and once again, you heard the final score on this blog before any other site anywhere, radio, television, newspaper or internet.  Broncos win 7-4.

Here's how they did it.  With two outs, Kelly Sweeney's single to left center scored Vanessa Alvarez for a 1-0 Bronco lead in the second.  Kellie Caplan's single then scored Sweeney, who had advanced to second.

Boise State added two runs in the fourth.  Mackenzie Whyte walked, setting up freshman sensation Devon Bridges.  Guess what?  Bridges did it again, a two-run shot that gave Boise State a 4-0 lead.  Boise State would tack on two more runs in the fifth and they would prove to be important ones.  Pitcher Allie Crump singled, and for the second consecutive game, Christina Capobianco sent a two-run blast deep over the fence.  

Hawa'ii got two runs in the bottom of the fifth and two more in the bottom in the sixth to make it a 6-4 game.  Tazz Weatherly's walk with the bases loaded gave the Broncos an insurance run in their half of the seventh and Lela Work came in and saved the game for Boise State, pitching the last two innings.  

By the way, these two wins are the first two in program history over the mighty Rainbow Wahine, and even better, it was at their place.  I've been saying it all year and I'll repeat it--I believe this team can make a solid run at a championship, either in the regular season, the postseason, or both.  

They are about to play the second game of the doubleheader and last of the three-game set.  New Mexico State and Fresno State both continued to win today so the Broncos must do the same.  Boise State hosts #25 Fresno State next weekend and plays at New Mexico State the following weekend so they control their own destiny.

Sexton a Double Winner at Oregon Relays

Chase Sexton has won again at the Oregon Relays, this time in the shot put. Sexton, who won the discus last night, threw the shot 53-feet, 3.5 inches to take first.

And once again, this news was brought to you first in Idaho by this blog.

Nelson, Kraychir Finish 2-3 in Collegiate Hammer at Oregon Relays

Boise State juniors Alex Nelson and Trevor Kraychir have finished 2-3 out of the collegiate competitors in the hammer throw at the Oregon Relays in Eugene.

Nelson posted a mark of 203-10 while Kraychir recorded a 196-05.  Oregon's Jordan Stray (210-10) was the top collegiate competitor.  Two professionals finished 1-2 today.

Sexton Wins Discus at Oregon Relays

Boise State's Chase Sexton went into famous University of Oregon and captured the discus title at the Oregon Relays taking place this weekend in Eugene.

Sexton threw the disc 173-feet to take first place; Oregon's Randall Horn was third with a mark of 158-11. 

Bronco Men's Tennis Team Could Finish 4th in WAC

With two WAC matches remaining in the regular season, Boise State's proud tennis team could be seeded fourth in the upcoming tournament.  Idaho is currently 3-2, having lost to New Mexico State.  The Aggies are also 3-2 and both have matches against Nevada today.  Nevada is 0-4 and the odds highly favor wins by Idaho and New Mexico State.

If that happens, Fresno State (6-0) will be the #1 seed, followed by New Mexico State, Idaho, Boise State (3-3), Hawai'i and Utah State (2-4, but Hawai'i getting the #5 seed) and Nevada at 0-6.

Broncos Top Hawai'i 2-1 To Open Series

There are still two games left in their series, but Boise State was able to strike the first blow.

Christina Capobianco launched a two-run home run in the fifth inning to propel Boise State to a 2-1 victory over Hawai'i in the opening game of their three-game set in Honolulu.  Aubray Zell pitched another masterpiece in holding down the hot Hawai'i bats to preserve the victory.

Stephanie Ricketts of Hawai'i also pitched a gem, facing the minimum number of batters through four.  But a one-out walk to Devon Bridges set the stage for Capobianco's blast, her fifth of the season.  Bridges has now reached base safely in 32 consecutive games.  Boise State loaded the bases following the home run but stranded them all.

Zell handled Hawai'i until the sixth when Hawai'i (30-14, 8-5 in the WAC) cashed in on an error and left the tying run at second.  Aubray is 11-2 on the season, having defeated all seven WAC opponents in her career.

Boise State advanced to 27-15 and 10-3 in conference.  The Lady Broncos are the seventh team in WAC history to win 10 conference games twice in its first three seasons in the conference and the first to accomplish the feat in its first three years as a program.  Boise State and Hawai'i meet tonight in a doubleheader, with games at 8 and 10 p.m. Mountain Time.