Softball Travels to San Antonio for Five
Boise State softball continues its early-season road trip with five games in San Antonio, Friday through Sunday, at the UTSA Classic. The Broncos will play two games against Rutgers and one each against Missouri State, Iowa State and UTSA. All of the games will be played at Roadrunner Field.
A live audio stream of all five games can be heard at BroncoSports.com. Live stats will also be available for each game at BroncoSports.com and real-time updates will be provided throughout the tournament on twitter @BroncoSportsSB.
The tournament field at the UTSA Classic offers a look at some unfamiliar opponents for Boise State. The Broncos enter the weekend with a combined record of 1-0 all-time against the four teams they will share the diamond with. Boise State defeated UTSA 5-3, last season in Boise.
The Broncos open and close the weekend with Rutgers. The teams will face off Friday at 9 a.m. (CT) and Sunday at 9 a.m. (CT). The first meeting will be Rutgers' season opener.
The opening day of the tournament also pits Boise State against Missouri State at 2 p.m. (CT). The Bears enter the weekend 1-4.
Boise State will also play two games Saturday, once in the morning and once under the lights. The Broncos face Iowa State (4-1) at 11:30 a.m. (CT) and later, at 7 p.m. (CT), take on host UTSA.
This is just the second trip to the state of Texas in program history. Boise State went 1-4 during a tournament at Texas Tech March 5-7, 2010.
About the Broncos
The Broncos will count on production from 10 newcomers this season, eight freshmen and two transfers. Juniors Brittany McCray (catcher) and Rebecca Patton (pitcher) will add experience to the Bronco lineup. A talented freshman crop is headlined by high school All-American Ashley Palmer.
Boise State returns its most experience in the outfield. Bourke, Bridges and Glover all started at least 47 games in the outfield during 2012.
Glover started all 54 games in center field and led the Broncos in nearly every offensive statistical category on her way to being named Boise State's first All-American. She will again roam center where she made 58 putouts last season.
Bridges, who started 97 games in right field during her first two seasons, is expected to shift predominantly to first base but could be counted on to play outfield yet again. A 2011 All-Pacific Region selection, Bridges has led the Broncos in home runs each of her first two seasons. With one already this year, she is just six homers away from the career record.
Bourke entered her senior year with a pair of 50-hit seasons under her belt. A career .298 hitter, she looks to rebound from hitting .232 as a junior. With a strong senior season, Bourke will threaten many of the career offensive records. She started hot with six hits in Tempe.
Mackenzie Whyte is set to anchor what will otherwise be a young and inexperienced infield. Whyte has made 97 starts at shortstop and is a career .270 hitter.
Sophomore Jordan Kreiger brings back the next most experience on the infield. Kreiger started 29 games as a freshman between second, third and short. She started 11 of the final 14 games at third base. In 10 apperances, nine starts, during MW games Kreiger hit .455 with one home run and two doubles, playing a flawless third base with 11 putouts and 14 assists in 25 chances.
The biggest hole to fill for the 2013 Broncos is in the pitching circle. Senior Lela Work started two games during the opening weekend, dropping both decisions. Patton also started two games, winning once in complete-game fashion. Sophomore Kenzie Cole pitched 11 innings over two games, including a complete-game win.
Last Time Out
The Broncos lost 2-1 against Portland State in their first game of the year, dropping their season opener for the first time since 2009. Senior Lela Work pitched a complete-game three-hitter but allowed two home runs to take the loss.
Boise State picked up wins against Northwestern (11-3) and Stephen F. Austin (8-4) on the season's second day. The Broncos pounded three home runs against the Wildcats. Freshmen Ashley Palmer and Sarah Barnes hit back-to-back homers in a six-run fifth inning to blow the game open. It was the first-career hit for each Palmer and Barnes. Junior Devon Bridges also homered. Senior Holly Bourke drove in three runs.
Junior transfer Rebecca Patton pitched a complete-game against Northwestern to earn her first win as a Bronco. Sophomore Kenzie Cole followed Patton's performance with a complete-game victory of her own. Cole retired 16 of 17 Ladyjacks at one point.
Junior Tara Glover led the offense in the nightcap, tallying three hits. Boise State's 19 runs in the two games Saturday, are the most on a single date since also scoring 19 runs in a doubleheader against Louisiana Tech April 9, 2011, in Boise.
The Broncos dropped a 9-1 decision to No. 5/6 Oregon in six innings Sunday. The Ducks took a 6-0 lead after two innings and never looked back. The Broncos stranded six runners in the game.
Two Arizona State pitchers combined to keep Boise State hitless as the No. 4/4 Sun Devils rolled to a 10-0, six-inning, run-rule victory. It is the fourth time Boise State has been no-hit and the first time since the inaugural 2009 season.
Broncos Picked Fourth in Preseason Poll
Glover Tabbed One to Watch
Memorable First Hits
Patton Makes Bronco Debut
Cole Making Quick Work of Opposition
CSM.com Pegs Four Preseason All-MW
Glover's 2012 NFCA Honors
Gone From 2012
Of the 220 games in program history, Zell and Crump combined to start 188 of them in the circle. Caplan saw action in 214 games during her career, including 206 starts, both school records. Last season's senior class combined for 869 starts in the batting order.
Plenty of New Faces for 2013
Dona Larsen Park Opens in 2013
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