Capobianca Slam Highlights Bronco-Pack Split

Sophomore Christina Capobianca hit the first grand slam in Bronco softball history and Aubray Zell mowed down Nevada in the nightcap as Boise State and the Pack split an afternoon doubleheader in Reno.


The Boise State softball team split a doubleheader yesterday in Nevada , coming back from a 9-8 loss to throttle the Wolf Pack women 8-1 in the nightcap.  Christina Capobianco also sent a thunderous drive for the Broncos' first-ever grand slam in the opener.  

Coach Erin Thorpe's Boise State team is now 12-8 in the Western Athletic Conference and 25-30 overall.  The Broncos and Wolf Pack close out the regular season tomorrow in Reno .  

Kellie Caplan started the fifth-inning rally with a two-run double.  Jessi Hanna followed with an infield single and Nevada elected to walk Bronco superstar Kathy Cox to load the bases.  Vanessa Alvarez blooped a single just over the shortstop to bring the Broncos within two at 3-2.  Capobianco strode to the plate and belted the historic grand slam (her second homer of the game) to put the Lady Broncos up 6-3.  

  Boise State added two more runs in the sixth to take an 8-3 lead heading into the final frame but the home team scored five runs to send the contest into extra innings.  Lela Work halted a Pack threat in the eighth when Nevada advanced the winning run to third base with one out.  Work got a foul out and a ground out to work her way out of trouble.  Kellie Caplan reached third for Boise State in the top half of the ninth but was stranded.  Nevada plated the winning run in the bottom of the inning.  

Aubray Zell and the Broncos were not to be denied in the second game.  Zell pitched a gem, retiring the first 12 batters and had a shutout going into the sixth inning.  

Meanwhile, Cox surpassed her RBI total from last season (40) with a sacrifice fly in the first that put Boise State up 1-0.   Capobianco continued her torrid hitting, going two-for-three.  Her leadoff single in the second inning led the way for a three-run blast from Kelly Sweeney two batters later.  Sweeney (2-3 with four RBI's) also delivered a solo shot in the sixth.   

Despite three consecutive Pack hits that got them on the board, Zell closed the door on Nevada , eliminating them from the WAC Tournament.  Zell finished with a four-hitter and eight strikeouts.  She allowed no walks.   

Nevada fell to 4-15 in conference play and 17-27 overall.  First pitch tomorrow is set for 2 p.m. at Hixson Park in Reno .

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