Softball Opens 2016 Campaign
Feb. 10, 2016

2016 Kajikawa Classic - Tempe, Ariz.
(All games at Tempe Sports Complex)

Thursday, Feb. 11 (all times Mountain)
• vs. Creighton - 4:30 p.m.
• vs. Virginia - 7 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 12
• vs. Maryland - 2:30 p.m.
• vs. San Diego - 5 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 13
• vs. Bradley - 9 a.m.

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    BOISE, Idaho - Boise State (0-0) opens up the 2016 season this weekend at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz. The Broncos begin action with a doubleheader Thursday, opening against Creighton (4:30 p.m.) before facing Virginia (7 p.m.) in the nightcap. Action continues Friday against Maryland (2:30 p.m.) and San Diego (5 p.m.) before closing Saturday morning against Bradley (9 a.m.).

    About The Opposition
    Boise State will face five opponents at the Kajikawa Classic this weekend, taking on (in order) Creighton, Virginia, Maryland, San Diego and Bradley.

    Creighton finished 22-21 overall and 7-12 in Big East play in 2015. Thursday’s second opponent, Virginia, went 16-40 overall and 4-20 in ACC play.

    Maryland, Friday’s first foe, finished last season at .500, going 27-27 overall with a 9-14 mark in Big Ten action. The Terps were eliminated in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament.

    Friday’s second opponent, San Diego, went 29-23 with an 8-7 mark in WCC play last year.

    The weekend’s final opponent, Bradley, went 22-32 overall and 15-12 in the Missouri Valley Conference in 2015. The Braves were eliminated in the opening round of the MVC Tournament.

    The matchups against Virginia, Maryland and Bradley will be the first in program history for Boise State, while the Broncos are 1-1 all-time against Creighton, last playing the Jays in Tempe in 2014 (a 4-0 loss), and 5-4 against San Diego, defeating the Toreros, 5-4, in the most recent meeting (March 2, 2013).

    Returning For The Broncos
    Boise State will be boosted in 2016 by the return of some productive bats in the lineup, namely those of senior outfielder Kayla Clausen, sophomore 3B/OF Makenzie Sullivan and sophomore UTIL Shaelee Pearson.

    Clausen batted .339 last season with 38 hits, a .589 slugging percentage and nine stolen bases, all tops among returners. She also added 11 doubles and five home runs.

    Sullivan leads all returners with 13 doubles, six home runs and 30 RBI last season, while also batting .259 and slugging .476. Pearson also batted .259 with 22 hits, three home runs and a .435 slugging percentage.

    In The Circle
    The Broncos return senior Nicole Wilson (3-12, 4.85 ERA, two saves, 36 strikeouts in 2015) and junior Mackenzie McGill (3-8, 16 strikeouts, 53.2 IP) from last year’s pitching corps. Wilson shared the team lead with 38 appearances in the circle and paced the Broncos with 145.2 innings pitched.

    Plenty Of Help With The Newcomers
    Boise State boasts 10 newcomers in 2016, with the group split evenly with five freshman and five transfers. From the freshman corps, the Broncos will get contributions from pitcher Shawna Burke, infielders Rebekah Cervantes, Morgan Lamb and Michelle Miller, and outfielder Kora Wade.

    Four of Boise State’s incoming transfers are juniors, with redshirt sophomore pitcher Paige Reimann being the lone player with three years of eligibility remaining. Junior Jenna Bassler (Notre Dame de Namur) will join Reimann (Salt Lake CC) in the circle, while Cassidy Edwards and Tatiana Sorokina will contribute in the infield and Kaitlyn Shreves will be part of the Broncos’ group of catchers.

    Boise State In Season Openers
    Boise State is 4-3 all-time in season openers, with four of those wins coming over the past six years. In last season’s opener the Broncos dropped a high-scoring contest to Seton Hall, 13-10, in Denton, Texas.

    For the third time in four seasons, Boise State will open its campaign in Tempe. The Broncos opened the 2013 and 2-14 seasons in the desert, going a combined 3-7 over those 10 contests (2-3 in 2013, 1-4 in 2014).

    Looking To Bounce Back
    This season Boise State will be aiming to bounce back from a 2015 campaign in which it went 12-42 and finished ninth in the Mountain West with a 4-20 mark.

    The Broncos suffered through a 16-game losing streak that spanned from early March to mid-April, a spell that included a 0-9 start to conference play. However, the Broncos managed to still claim two home series in Mountain West play, capturing two of three from both Colorado State and Nevada.

    In fact, this weekend in Tempe offers the Broncos a chance to end the program’s 19-game losing streak in games away from home. The last time Boise State won a game away from Dona Larsen Park was last Feb. 27, when it defeated Weber State and Portland State in Long Beach, Calif.

    Competitive Non-Conference Slate Ahead
    The 2016 non-conference slate should offer a competitive challenge for Boise State, as the Broncos take on six NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago as well as six teams from Power Five conferences.

    The Broncos will play four teams from the Pac-12, beginning with Utah (Feb. 20) and Oregon State (Feb. 21) in Las Vegas and continuing with Stanford (Feb. 27) at the Mary Nutter Classic in Palm Springs, Calif., and Washington (March 4) in Seattle.

    This weekend, the Broncos take on Virginia of the ACC as well as Maryland, from the Big Ten.

    The 2015 NCAA Tournament teams that Boise State will face during its non-conference season are Utah, BYU (Feb. 19), Weber State (Feb. 20), New Mexico State (Feb. 26), Cal State Northridge (Feb. 28) and Washington (March 4).

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