Mountain West Announces Softball Player and Pitcher of the Week
March 20, 2012
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Boise State senior designated hitter Allie Crump and senior righthander Aubray Zell have been named Mountain West Softball Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for games through March 18. This is the third career MW weekly accolade for Zell and first for Crump.
Crump lifted Boise State to three wins in the Broncos' home-opening slate last Thursday and Friday during the weather-shortened SpringHill Suites Invitational. The Elk Grove, Calif., product went 6-for-11 (.545) with two home runs and four RBI over the three-game stretch, including a two-out home run to beat Portland State, 6-5, on Friday. The senior recorded a hit in each contest to run her hitting streak to six games, culminating with her first three-hit performance in over a year. On Thursday, Crump singled in the bottom of the eighth inning against Minnesota to put runners on the corners. Two batters later, the runner scored from third as Boise State claimed the 2-1 victory. In the Broncos' first game on Friday, Crump came to the plate in the bottom of the seventh after Portland State knotted the score at 5-5 in its half of the inning, and knocked a 1-1 pitch over the right centerfield fence for the third game-winning, walk-off home run in school history. She finished the day with a 3-for-4 hitting performance against Utah State, including a sixth-inning, two-run homer that sealed the 7-1 victory and stretched the Broncos' home win streak to 18 games. She also singled in a run in the fifth. Crump finished the weekend with on-base and slugging percentages of .545 and 1.091, respectively.
Zell earned two complete-game victories for Boise State in the SpringHill Suites Invitational over the weekend. The Lakewood, Calif., native allowed just nine hits in 15 innings of work, striking out a combined 18 batters to beat Minnesota and Utah State while posting a 0.93 earned run average over two starts. The senior allowed one run in each game as she gave up a solo home run to each team. In Thursday's 2-1, eight-inning win against the Gophers, Zell fanned 11 and walked only one. A third-inning home run was one of just four hits allowed as Zell closed the door the rest of the way. She struck out the side in the seventh inning, including the final two batters with runners at first and second to keep the Broncos within a run. In Saturday's 7-1 victory over Utah State, Zell scattered five hits and walked two while striking out seven. She shook off a second-inning home run to hold the Aggies scoreless the rest of the way and pick up her 11th win of the season.