Thanks to a glut of team speed, the Boise State softball team is burglarizing bases at a record-setting pace. The Broncos are averaging two steals per game, swiping a school-record 78 already this season.
If BSU can maintain that pace, the Broncos will break the Mountain West record of 87 next weekend.
The squad's success on the base paths is thanks in large part to lead-off hitter and newly-minted Mountain West Conference Player of the Week, Tara Glover, who is 71-for-78 in steal attempts in her Boise State career. It's not just Glover stealing bases, though. Head coach Erin Thorpe was surprised to see just how quick Tara's teammates had become this off-season.
"Going into January, we had six athletes that met her time or were better than her time from last year," said Thorpe. "We knew it was going to be something that we were hopefully able to utilize this season, and so far it has worked pretty well."
"I feel like sometimes we have a competition of who can get their jersey the dirtiest," laughed Glover. "I like having the team speed... You don't have to do the sacrifice bunts and just waste an out."
The Broncos don't just steal- they also give back. On Saturday, the Boise State softball team will host a Locks of Love event after its game against San Jose State. Four players and one coach will donate at least ten inches of hair to the organization, which provides hairpieces to children suffering from medical hair loss.
"We're just really excited to be able to make a difference in somebody else's life," explained junior Lindsey Nicholson, who helped organize the event. "All of us that are cutting our hair that are on the team have been talking about it for a while and thinking about all the hairstyles we're going to do when we have short hair."