Boise State Releases Softball Slate
Jan. 7, 2016

  • 2016 Schedule

    BOISE, Idaho – Trips to the high-profile Kajikawa Classic and Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic highlight Boise State softball's announcement of its 2016 schedule Friday.

    Head coach Cindy Ball enters her second season at the Bronco helm, heading up a squad that returns 13 players from 2015 and features 10 newcomers. Among the Bronco returners are sophomore 3B/OF Makenzie Sullivan, the team’s top returner in home runs (six) and RBI (30), and senior OF Kayla Clausen, the team’s top-returning hitter and slugger from a year ago with a .339 average. Clausen and Sullivan also return the team’s top two slugging percentages, slugging .589 and .476, respectively, in 2015. The Broncos went 12-42 last season and 4-20 in Mountain West play.

    The upcoming slate includes 12 contests against eight NCAA Tournament participants from 2015. Two of those participants are Mountain West foes, as the Broncos will host Fresno State at Dona Larsen Park for a three-game set from March 29-30, and travel to San Diego State for a three-gamer on the final weekend of the regular season (May 12-14).

    Among the six non-conference NCAA Tournament participants, Boise State will face Utah (Feb. 20 in Las Vegas) and Washington (March 4 in Seattle) from the Pac-12, WCC champion BYU (Feb. 19 in Las Vegas), Big Sky champion Weber State (Feb. 20 in Las Vegas), WAC champion New Mexico State (Feb. 26 in Cathedral City) and Big West champion Cal State Northridge (Feb. 28 in Cathedral City).

    Boise State opens the 2016 season with a trip to Tempe, Ariz., for the Kajikawa Classic from Feb. 11-13. On Opening Day (Feb. 11), the Broncos will take on Creighton (4:30 p.m. MT) and Virginia (7 p.m. MT) before finishing up the event against Maryland and San Diego on Friday (Feb. 12) and Bradley Saturday morning (Feb. 13).

    The next weekend at the DeMarini Desert Classic in Las Vegas, in addition to taking on 2015 NCAA Tournament squads BYU, Utah and Weber State, the Broncos will also face Southern Utah, Wichita State and Oregon State.

    A trip to the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic is on tap for the final weekend of February, where in addition to facing New Mexico State and Cal State Northridge Boise State will take on a heavyweight in the sport in Stanford, along with Loyola Marymount and Bethune Cookman.

    Boise State then travels to Seattle for the Husky Classic, opening with Pacific and Washington on day one (March 4), followed by a rematch with Bradley and two-straight games at Seattle University.

    The Broncos host their own tournament, the SpringHill Suites Classic, at Dona Larsen Park from March 11-13. The weekend will feature the Broncos facing Idaho State twice and closing with three in a row against Montana.

    The final tournament of the regular season will take place from March 18-20 as Boise State heads to Lubbock, Texas, for the Jeannine McHaney Memorial Classic at Texas Tech. The Broncos will face host Texas Tech thrice, along with a pair of contests against Georgia Southern.

    Mountain West play opens the weekend of March 24-26 as the Broncos travel to Reno for a three-game set at Nevada. Boise State’s four home series in conference play will be against Fresno State, UNLV (April 8-10), New Mexico (April 29-May 1) and San Jose State (May 6-8). The Broncos’ road series will be at Nevada, Colorado State (April 1-3), Utah State (April 22-24) and San Diego State.

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