Broncos Open Series with Win
May 10, 2018

Final Stats

BOISE, Idaho -- The Boise State softball team defeated New Mexico (14-37, 7-15 MW) 10-0 to open up the series against the Lobos, Thursday at Dona Larsen Park. Boise State scored eight runs in the bottom of the first to jump to an early lead that they would not give up.

The win moves the Broncos (38-14, 16-6 MW) one game shy of clinching the Mountain West Conference for the program’s first-ever conference title.

"It hasn't sunk in yet," head coach Cindy Ball said. "We definitely know (the potential to clinch the conference title) is there, but it's been talked about. What is important right now is that it's senior weekend. I keep thinking about the seniors and back to when they were freshmen."

New Mexico was unable to score in the top of the first inning, as sophomore pitcher Kelsey Broadus struck out two batters and allowed one runner on with a walk one walk.

Boise State carried that momentum into the bottom of the inning, scoring eight runs off of seven hits to put the team on the path to a run-rule victory. Freshman Alison Seng singled on the first pitch she saw into right center, advancing Madison Anthony to third to put a runner in scoring position. Anthony would score on a RBI single from Rebekah Cervantes to open the scoring for the Broncos.

Errors proved costly for the Lobos in the bottom of the first, as Seng scored on an error when the catcher overthrew the third baseman while Seng attempted the stolen base. New Mexico’s two errors allowed the Broncos to work through their order, as Boise State had 14 plate appearances in the inning.

"Our hitters did a great job of passing the bat," Ball said. "They stayed in the zone and took the walks when we needed them. We had a few swings go our way where it just landed in the right spot for us." 

Broadus’ performance in the circle paved the way for Boise State to allow only four hits to no errors, as the Broncos recorded their sixth shutout of the season. The sophomore lefty struck out six batters in only 5.0 innings of work.

Anthony was stellar at the plate, going 1-for-2, with two runs and two runs batted in.

Boise State will continue the series against the Lobos tomorrow at Dona Larsen Park, with first pitch being set for 4 p.m. MT. A win on Friday would clinch the Mountain West for the Broncos.

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