Boise State Tabbed Sixth In Preseason MW Poll
Feb. 3, 2015

BOISE, Idaho - Boise State softball was picked to finish sixth in the Mountain West Preseason Poll Tuesday morning. The results came via a vote of the conference's head coaches.

Fresno State topped the poll with seven of the nine first-place vote and 63 points overall, while defending champion San Diego State (54 points) and UNLV (44) split the remaining first-place votes to round out the top three.

Colorado State (43) and San Jose State (34) were tabbed fourth and fifth, with the Spartans just ahead of the Broncos, who collected 33 points worth of votes. Nevada (26), Utah State (18) and New Mexico (nine) made up the final three slots.

Boise State, which finished 30-22 last season and fourth in the Mountain West with a 14-10 conference mark, begins the 2015 campaign under first-year head coach Cindy Ball this Friday (Feb. 6) in Denton, Texas at the North Texas Invitational. The Broncos open the season at 9 a.m. MT against Seton Hall and finish the day's doubleheader against defending SWAC champion Texas Southern at 1:30 p.m. MT. The tournament continues with another doubleheader Saturday against Texas Southern (9 a.m. MT) and host North Texas (1:30 p.m. MT) and concludes for Boise State against the host Mean Green Sunday at 10 a.m. MT.

Ball, who spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach at Cal State Northridge and the 2011-12 seasons on the staff at Washington, oversees a team that returns a significant of offensive prowess. All-time Boise State home-run leader Devon Bridges returns for a fifth year after seeing action in only 13 games in 2014 before having her season cut short due to injury. Bridges is a three-time first-team all-conference selection (All-WAC in 2011, All-MW in 2012-13) and enters the season with a career batting average of .373 (second-best mark in Bronco history) as well as being the Broncos' all-time leader in home runs (43), runs batted in (153), total bases (332), slugging percentage (.687), on-base percentage (.470) and walks (82). She also enters 2015 just 37 hits away from eclipsing Tara Glover (216) as Boise State's all-time leader.

Also bringing punch to the Bronco lineup this season are seniors Hailey Torrez (.331, 43 hits, four home runs, 27 RBI in 2014), Boise State's starting catcher, second-team All-MW selection Jordan Kreiger (.313, 47 hits, 14 doubles, 25 RBI, 14 stolen bases) in the middle infield and Lindsey Nicholson (.279, 36 hits, eight doubles, four home runs, 14 stolen bases).

In the circle the Broncos will rely on sophomore Mackenzie McGill (5-4, 5.85 ERA in 23 appearances in 2014) and freshman Rachel Rodriguez out of Central High School in Fresno, Calif. Also bolstering the pitching ranks is junior Ashley Wilson, a transfer from St. Peter's.

Boise State will begin Mountain West play with a three-game series at San Jose State March 20-22.

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