Broncos Host Aztecs in Conference Home Opener
April 18, 2013
Boise State softball is set to play in front of its home crowd for the second time this season and the first in conference play. The Broncos will play host to San Diego State for a three-game series April 19-21, at Dona Larsen Park.
The games Friday and Saturday will begin with first pitch at 3 p.m. (MT). The Sunday finale is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. (MT). San Diego State enters the weekend with a conference-best 5-1 record in MW games. Boise State is four games back at 1-5.
These teams battled in one of the most memorable series in Bronco softball history last year. Boise State traveled to San Diego State for its final weekend of conference play (May 4-6), needing a sweep of the then-unbeaten Aztecs to clinch its first conference title. The Broncos won the first two games but The Aztecs prevailed in the finale to earn the Mountain West's automatic postseason bid.
Tickets: Tickets can be purchased at Dona Larsen Park. 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. Bronco Sports Passes are also good for entry to softball games. Gates open one hour prior to first pitch.
Parking: Daily parking permits for spaces in the lot at Dona Larsen Park will be sold on site for $5. Passes can be purcahsed for the entire weekend upon entry to Frirday's game. Free parking will be available for softball patrons in the Bronco Stadium East Lot and a continuous shuttle will be running to Dona Larsen Park.
Live Coverage: Live video will be available for each game to subscribers on the Bronco Digital Network. Live audio will be available for free. Live stats can be found at BroncoSports.com. For in-depth, in-game coverage follow the Broncos on Twitter @BroncoSportsSB.
About the Broncos
The Broncos are 17-22-1 on the season after suffering their first sweep since joining the Mountain West April 12-14, at Fresno State.
The Broncos have been led by a veteran presence in the first 40 games. 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 .340 or better.
Bridges is the top offensive threat with seven home runs and 41 RBI, more than double the number of runs driven in by the next highest Bronco (19). She leads the team with a .389 average. Bridges also paces the Mountain West with 18 multi-hit performances and 13 multi-RBI games.
Glover leads the sqaud with 53 hits and is second on the team batting .376 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 20-for-21 on stolen bases, surpassing her own single-season school record.
Bourke is reaching base at an astoundig clip this season. Bourke owns a .483 on-base percentage (third in the MW) with 39 hits and 29 walks. She has reached base safely in 35 of the 40 games this season, getting a hit in 25 of them.
Freshman Makenna Weir has supplied the most consistent new bat. Weir has a .276 batting average. Her 18 walks, 19 RBI, three home runs and seven doubles, rank in the top three 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 9-9 record and 3.60 earned run average. Patton was named Mountain West Pitcher of the Week earlier this season. She has struck out 81 and walked 44 in 112.2 innings this season. Senior Lela Work and sophomore Kenzie Cole have also shared time in the circle. Work is 4-7 with one save in 72 innings. Cole has pitched 67.1 innings and has a 4-6 record.
Boise State has gotten 117 starts out of its freshmen, starting at least three freshmen in 29 of the 40 games. Another 47 starts have come from transfers.
All-Time Series: Boise State leads 2-1
Around the Conference
Nevada (4-5), fresh off ending CSU's 10-game conference win streak and taking the series from the Rams, travels to New Mexico (3-6). The Lobos took a 10-0 run-rule victory in the middle game against UNLV last week, but were shutout in the other two games as the Rebels took the series in Las Vegas.
UNLV takes the bye in conference play this weekend but will not take the week off. The Rebels travel to Cal State Fullerton for a Saturday doubleheader.
In midweek action San Diego State won 4-1 Tuesday, at San Diego. Colorado State's Wednesday game at Northern Colorado was postponed to May 1.
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