Broncos Open MW Play at New Mexico
April 4, 2013
Boise State softball travels to New Mexico for its conference-opening series Friday through Sunday, in Albuquerque, N.M. The Broncos and Lobos will play one game each day.
Boise State (16-17-1, 0-0 MW) is opening its second season in the Mountain West and is coming off a second-place dinish in 2012. The Broncos have swept all four conference opening series in program history.
New Mexico (16-23, 0-3 MW) is looking for its first conference win after suffering a sweep at San Diego State. The Lobos have dropped their last seven MW games, dating to last season.
Live audio and stats will be available for each game. Find links on the softball schedule page at BroncoSports.com. New Mexico is providing a live video stream at GoLobos.com, available for a subscription. For in-depth, in-game coverage follow on Twitter @BroncoSportsSB.
About the Broncos
The Broncos enter MW play 16-17-1 on the season, including a 6-2-1 mark in their last nine games.
The Broncos were led during nonconference play by a veteran presence. Juniors Devon Bridges and Tara Glover and senior Holly Bourke are once again at the top of nearly every offensive category including the top three batting averages, all .333 or better.
Bridges is the top run-producing threat with six home runs and 34 RBI, nearly double the number of runs driven in by the next highest Bronco (18). She is second on the team with a .360 average and 40 hits. Bridges also paces the Broncos with 14 multi-hit performances and 11 multi-RBI games.
Glover leads the sqaud with a .395 batting average and 47 hits. She has been on fire the last 15 games, hitting .500 over that stretch as she continues to return to last year's form when she batted .476 and led the country with 88 hits during the regular season. The junior leadoff hitter is also 18-for-19 on stolen bases, tying her own single-season school record.
Bourke is reaching base at an astoundig clip this season. Bourke owns a .492 on-base percentage (tops in the MW) with 31 hits and 27 walks. She has reached base safely in 29 of the 34 games this season, getting a hit in 20 of them.
Freshman Makenna Weir has supplied the most consistent new bat. Weir has a .310 batting average, .412 on-base percentage, 14 walks, 18 RBI, three home runs and seven doubles, ranking in the top four on the team in each category. She has started at five different positions in her debut season.
The pitching staff is led by junior transfer Rebecca Patton's 8-6 record and 3.83 earned run average. Patton was named Mountain West Pitcher of the Week earlier this season. She has struck out 69 and walked 40 in 95 innings this season. Senior Lela Work and sophomore Kenzie Cole have also shared time in the circle. Work is 4-5 with on save in 67.1 innings. Cole has pitched 54.1 innings and has a 4-6 record.
Boise State has gotten 100 starts out of its freshmen, starting at least three freshmen in 24 of the 34 games. Another 38 starts have come from transfers.
All-Time Series:Boise State leads 2-1
Around the Conference
Fresno State (2-1) visits UNLV (0-3) in its first conference road trip as a MW member. The Bulldogs came from behind in the finale to win the series against Nevada last week. The Rebels were outscored 35-17 in being swept at Colorado State.
Colorado State (3-0) has the bye this weekend, but is not taking a week off. The Rams travel to No. 9/10 Texas A&M for a three-game series this weekend.
In midweek action Nevada split a doubleheader at Sacramento State and San Diego State beat visiting San Diego Wednesday.
Broncos in the RPI
The Broncos finished 2012 ranked No. 57 in the Ratings Percentage Index, the best finish in school history. The Broncos peaked at No. 49 during the season, also an all-time high.
Tara-ing the Cover Off the Ball
Her only caught stealing of the season came after oversliding the bag at second, March 24, against Tulsa. Before that she was 15-for-15, the best start to a season in school history. It snapped a string of 17-consecutive successful steals, also a school record.
Glover has stolen 36 bases in her two seasons as a Bronco. She is second in career steals at Boise State (Kellie Caplan, 46).
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