Broncos Take Streak to Riverside
March 7, 2018

2018 Highlander Classic
Thursday-Saturday (March 8-11) | Riverside, Calif. | Amy S. Harrison Softball Field

Thursday (March 8)
Boise State (9-7) vs UC Riverside (15-6)- 1 p.m. (MT)  
Boise State vs UC Riverside- 3:30 p.m. (MT)

Friday (March 9)
Boise State vs North Dakota State (9-5)- 10 a.m. (MT)
Boise State vs Colgate (1-9)- 12:30 p.m. (MT)

Saturday (May 10)
Boise State vs Columbia (3-8)- 12:30 p.m. (MT)

BOISE, Idaho -- Riding their longest winning streak of the season, the Boise State softball team will look to improve on their record at the Highlander Classic, March 8-10. The Broncos will open the tournament with a doubleheader against UC Riverside, Friday, and face North Dakota State and Colgate on Saturday. Boise State will close the tournament against Columbia on Sunday. 

SERIES HISTORY: Boise State owns a winning record against opponents they will face this week. This will be the fourth meeting against UC Riverside, whom the Broncos own a 3-1 advantage over. Boise State has won the lone matchup against North Dakota State (March 3, 2012), while this will be the first all-time meeting against Colgate and Columbia.

RIDING A HOT HAND: After struggling to get above .500 for more than a day, Boise State broke off a three-game winning streak to close out the Red Desert Classic. The Broncos went 4-1 on the weekend, but won their final three games, downing Southern Utah (10-1), Montana (8-0) and Weber State (9-1). All three games were won in five innings due to the eight-run rule. This was the first time in program history that Boise State won three-consecutive games in five innings, and only the second time Boise State has run-ruled three-straight opponents.

WADE GARNERS MW HONOR: Junior outfielder Kora Wade was named the Mountain West Player of the Week for games played through March 4. This is the first weekly honor Wade has received. Wade had a career weekend at the Red Desert Classic, going 11-for-17 with seven runs, two doubles and four RBIs. She was phenomenal running the bases, going a perfect seven-for-seven running the bases, including a career high three over Montana (March 2) – tied for the second-highest single game total in program history. 

MANCHA PHENOMEONAL IN THE CIRCLE: Freshman Gianna Mancha has quickly established herself as Boise State’s ace through three tournaments. The Fresno, Calif. native is 4-2 on the season with three complete games under her belt, including her first career shutout against Montana on March 2 (8-0). She went 2-1 at the Marucci Desert Classic, striking out 23 batters in 17.0 innings of work. On the season, Mancha is averaging 1.13 strikeouts per inning, and her nine strikeouts against Hawai’i (Feb. 18) were the most strikeouts any Boise State pitcher has had in a game since Kelsey Broadus fanned 10 last season against Utah State (April 2, 2017).

Mancha’s 7.9 strikeouts per seven innings is currently first in the Mountain West, and 62nd nationally.

CERVANTES RETURNS TO FORM: After hitting .176 with four strikeouts at the Marucci Desert Classic (Feb. 16-18), junior shortstop Rebekah Cervantes bounced back in a big way at the Red Desert Classic. She went 8-for-15 in Utah, scoring five runs, including a home run and six RBIs. On the season, Cervantes is hitting .404 with 12 RBIs and 19 hits.

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