Broncos Head To Vegas
Feb. 16, 2017
2017 DeMarini Desert Classic
Friday (Feb. 17)
Saturday (Feb. 18)
Sunday (Feb. 19)
BOISE, Idaho - Boise State (1-2) heads to Las Vegas for the DeMarini Desert Classic this weekend, opening action Friday with a doubleheader against Weber State (0-4-1) at 11 a.m. MT and Memphis (3-2) immediately afterwards. Weekend action continues Saturday against Northern Iowa (4-1) at 11 a.m. MT and UTEP (0-5) at 1:15 p.m. MT before closing Sunday against Southern Utah (1-3) at 12:15 p.m. MT.
About The Opposition
Weber State (0-4-1) went winless at the Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament in Long Beach last weekend. Sara Hingsberer led the Wildcats with a .500 average and a homer over the weekend. All-time, Boise State is 8-3 against Weber State.
Memphis (3-2) picked up three wins last weekend at the FIU Tournament, led by Lindsay Crowdus’ 11 hits. Friday’s meeting will be the first between Boise State and the Tigers.
Northern Iowa (4-1) comes to Vegas off of a strong weekend at home, getting four wins at its UNI-Dome Classic. Anna Varriano hit a pair of homers to lead UNI, which will face Boise State for the first time Saturday.
UTEP (0-5) went winless at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, and will face the Broncos Saturday in Vegas. The Broncos won the only previous meeting with UTEP, picking up a 16-9 win in Las Vegas in 2014.
Southern Utah (1-3) returns to Las Vegas for the second weekend in a row after going 1-3 at the season-opening UNLV Sportco Kickoff Classic. The Broncos are 7-2 all-time against the Thunderbirds, although Southern Utah captured a 3-2 win over Boise State last year in Las Vegas.
Last Time Out
Senior Tatiana Sorokina and sophomore Rebekah Cervantes led the Broncos over the weekend with four hits apiece, with Cervantes driving in a team-high three runs with a pair of doubles and a home run.Sophomore Morgan Lamb also homered for the Broncos over the weekend.
From the circle, Paige Reimann picked up Friday’s win over UAB, scattering four hits and striking out three over four innings. Senior Christina Washington bounced back from taking the loss in the opener to come on in the final inning against UAB and pick up the save by getting the Broncos out of a bases-loaded jam.
Cervantes And Lamb Go Yard
Washington Turns Heads In Bronco Debut Weekend
Washington came on in relief in the seventh inning against UAB with the Broncos holding on to a 4-1 lead and the bases jammed with Blazers. The Bronco senior calmly retired the next three batters, despite a run scoring on a wild-pitch third strike, to pick up the save in the 4-2 win.
Washington also started the Broncos opener against Hawai’i Thursday, going the distance and striking out three despite taking the loss in the 5-3 decision.
Reimann Opens Strong
Using That Speed
Looking To Bounce Back
The Broncos opened the season with 11-straight losses, but built some momentum as conference season approached. There, the Broncos improved to six wins including series victories over UNLV and Colorado State.
At the end of the season, freshman shortstop Rebekah Cervantes was named Mountain West Freshman of the Year while she, along with senior first baseman Teauna Hughes, earned spots on the All-Mountain West First Team.
Tournaments On The Non-Conference Slate
The Broncos opened the campaign in Honolulu at the Paradise Classic, and, after a weekend in Las Vegas, travel to the opposite coast for the Willie Jewell’s Invitational in Charleston, S.C.
The annual Springhill Suites Invitational at Dona Larsen Park follows, with the non-conference tournament portion of the schedule closing March 10-12 in Southern California at the CSUN/LMU Tournament.
Boise State opens its 2017 Mountain West slate at Dona Larsen Park March 17-19 against Colorado State.
Broncos Tabbed Ninth in Preseason Poll
Defending Mountain West champion Fresno State topped the poll with four of the nine first-place votes and 59 points overall, while San Diego State (57 points) received three first-place votes to take second, and San Jose State got two first-place votes to finish third with 55 points.
Utah State (33 points), Nevada (32), Colorado State (27), UNLV (27) and New Mexico (26) made up slots four through eight.
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