Broncos Host Spartans in Pivotal Series

GOBRONCOSDOTCOM Makenna Weir was 5-for-9 with two home runs last weekend
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Makenna Weir was 5-for-9 with two home runs last weekend
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April 16, 2014

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Boise State softball is home for a three-game Mountain West series against San Jose State. The Broncos will face the Spartans Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Dona Larsen Park. SJSU enters the series tied for second in the MW, a game and a half ahead of the Broncos. Boise State enters the weekend in sixth place in the Mountain West, but just two games out of first.

The teams will face off Thursday and Friday at 3 p.m. (MT), before closing the series Saturday at noon (MT). This is the first meeting since 2011, when both schools were still members of the WAC.

Live video and live stats will be available for each game. Both are free and both are compatible with mobile devices. Check the schedule page at BroncoSports.com for more information.

Game Day Info
Tickets:
Prices are $6 for adults and $4 for juniors (2-18) and seniors (62+). Boise State students receive free admission with a valid ID card. One ticket is valid all day. Bronco Sports Passes are also good for entry to all softball games all season long.

Parking: Free parking will be available for softball patrons at two different locations, depending on the day. Parking Thursday and Friday is in the Bronco Stadium East Lot and a continuous shuttle will be running to Dona Larsen Park. On Saturday, parking will be available in the lot at the URS Building at 720 E Park Blvd. Parking at Dona Larsen Park will be on a first-come, first-served basis with a $5 cost.

Special Saturday at Dona Larsen Park
Five members of the Boise State softball program will be cutting their hair during an on-field postgame donation event to benefit Locks of Love and all community members are invited to join! Register online at BroncoSports.com/locksoflove.
 
About the Broncos
Boise State softball enters Mountain West play with a 21-18 record after sweeping three games from Nevada in Reno. The senior class leads the charge, as Rebecca Patton has pitched in 32 of the 39 games with 18 wins and two saves. Tara Glover has 11 hits in the last six games.

San Jose State Scouting Report
Pitching
Allison Lang, Madison Fish and Katelyn Linford have shared the pitching load for San Jose State in 2014. Lang and Fish were part of a supporting cast last season, as departed senior Amanda Pridmore pitched in 50 of the 59 games, winning 29, saving seven and registering a 1.69 ERA. Lang has produced the best numbers thus far, posting an 8-4 record with a 2.78 ERA in 88 innings. Linford has seen slightly more action, tossing 88.1 innings to the tune of an 8-9 record with a 4.91 ERA. Lately, however Fish has gotten the call, pitching a team-high 24.2 innings in Mountain West play. All three pitchers have appeared in six conference games with two wins apiece. None of the trio features overpowering strikeout numbers, Linford leads the way with 4.04 punch outs per seven innings. Fish is the least likely to walk a batter, with just 16 in 58.1 innings.

Hitting
First baseman Jessie Hufstetler comes in with a .452 batting average, tops in the Mountain West and No. 14 nationally. Hufstetler's 52 hits are also the most in the MW while her 29 walks rank third. The Spartans are hitting .309 as a team on the season, including a .345 mark in Mountain West play. Six Spartans have at least 10 hits in nine MW games, including Jessica Garcia who has 12 hits, three homers, 11 RBI and nine walks. Garcia has driven in 45 runs on the year, ranking among the NCAA leaders.

Season Outlook
San Jose State came into the Mountain West after conquering the WAC in 2013. The Spartans went 42-17 on their way to claiming WAC regular-season and tournament titles and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. They entered 2014 looking to replace all-region pitcher Amanda Pridmore who won 29 games with a 1.69 ERA last season. Still, SJSU tied for fourth in the Mountain West preseason coaches' poll. The Spartans have won their first three MW series, taking two out of three from UNLV, Utah State and New Mexico. Four of their six wins have come in run-rule fashion, while two of the three losses came in extra innings. SJSU started the season 7-0 before dropping 11 of its next 15, including a pair of five-game skids. Six of the 11 losses came against teams ranked in the top 16 at the time.

All-Time Series History
Boise State leads the all-time series 7-4. The Broncos and Spartans have only met as conference opponents, squaring off in three series as WAC opponents and twice in the WAC Tournament. SJSU took two of three in 2009 before the Broncos beat them that year in the postseason tournament, starting the current run of six of the last eight games going to Boise State. The Broncos took two out of three in 2010 and 2011, while also beating the Spartans in the 2010 tournament. Both meetings in the WAC Tournament went to extra innings.

Glover Breaks Career Hits Record
Senior Tara Glover broke the Boise State career hits record April 4, against UNLV. Glover, in just her third season with the Broncos, surpassed Holly Bourke's mark of 191. Glover needed just 140 games to break the record. She now has 201 hits, becoming the first Bronco to reach 200 in her career. The Grants Pass, Ore., native has 256 hits for her collegiate career.

Off and Running
Boise State has stolen a school-record 78 bases through the first 39 games of the season. The Broncos are 78-of-94 on steal attempts. They stole 46 bases all of last season. The previous school record for steals in a season was 77, set in 61 games in 2010. Boise State is closing in on the all-time MW record of 87. Tara Glover and Mackenzie Whyte lead the charge with 26 and 18 steals, respectively. Glover is no stranger to thievery, with a school-record 71 stolen bases in her Boise State career and 87 in her collegiate career. Whyte's emergence is less expected. She had 14 stolen bases in the first three years of her career, combined.

Base Thief
Senior Tara Glover is 71-for-78 on stolen base attempts in her Boise State career, owning the school record for steals and stolen base percentage. She set the single-season record with 18 in 2012, before breaking it again last year when she went 27-of-28 on the base paths. Glover is 26-for-29 this season. Including her freshman year at Utah, Glover has stolen 87 bases, third in Mountain West history (she was a MW student-athlete while at Utah). Her 87 steals rank No. 13 in the country among active players.

Glover Earns MW POW
Senior Tara Glover was named the Mountain West Player of the Week for the week of April 7-13. Glover ignited the Boise State offense in a series sweep of Nevada with four hits, four stolen bases and three runs scored. She scored in each game, including a home run in the opener as the Broncos won 1-0. It is her first weekly honor of the year and fourth of her career.

Patton Shouldering the Load
Redshirt senior pitcher Rebecca Patton has been the workhorse for the Broncos. Patton leads the Mountain West in appearances (32), starts (27) and innings pitched (181.0). She has thrown in 32 of Boise State's 39 games, including 11 of 12 conference games. She has 18 wins and two saves on the year (factoring in the decision in 20 of Boise State's 21 wins). Patton has matched the school record with 19 complete games this season, three of which have been shutouts. Her 181 innings pitched are already a career high and 20 shy of setting a school record.

Patton's Gem at Nevada in Rarefied Air
Rebecca Patton tossed a three-hit shutout in the series opener at Nevada (April 11). Patton carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning. She wound up with her third shutout of the season, Boise State's first 7-inning shutout in a conference game since 2010 (May 8 at Nevada). It was just the second time in school history a Boise State pitcher held a no-hitter through five innings. The other was the only no-hitter by a Bronco, Aubray Zell's five-inning no-hitter March 4, 2011, against Southern Utah.

Road Sweep No Small Feat
Boise State took all three games at Nevada, April 11-13, its first road sweep as a Mountain West member. It was just the third time the Broncos have swept a conference road series in program history. The last came April 22-23, 2011, at Hawai'i, the first time anybody had swept the Rainbow Wahine on the islands since 2005. The only other road sweep was when the Broncos took three games from Utah State in Logan, Utah, March 20-21, 2009, the first conference series in program history.