Broncos Are Arizona-Bound
Feb. 19, 2015

Diamond Devil Invitational
Friday-Sunday, Feb. 13-15
Farrington Stadium (Tempe, Ariz.-)

Feb. 20
vs. No. 15/14 Minnesota (8-1) - 1:30 p.m. MT
at No. 19/21 Arizona State (8-4) - 6 p.m. MT - WATCH LIVE

Feb. 21 -
vs. New Mexico State (5-5) - 9 a.m. MT
vs. No. 15/14 Minnesota (8-1) - 3:45 p.m. MT

Feb. 15
vs. Indiana State (2-2) - 9 a.m. MT

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    BOISE, Idaho - Boise State Heads To Tempe For Diamond Devil Invitational Boise State softball heads back to a desert climate for a second straight weekend, this time traveling to Tempe, Ariz. for the Diamond Devil Invitational hosted by Arizona State. The Broncos will take on No. 15/14 Minnesota twice, and No. 19/21 Arizona State, New Mexico State and Indiana State once each at Arizona State's Farrington Stadium.

    The Broncos open the weekend in Tempe Friday at 1:30 p.m. MT against No. 15/14 Minnesota, followed at 6 p.m. MT against host and No. 19/21 Arizona State.

    Saturday, Boise State leads off the day's action at 9 a.m. MT against New Mexico State, followed at 3:45 p.m. MT with a second contest against Minnesota. The weekend comes to a close Sunday at 9 a.m. MT against Indiana State.

    Saturday's 6 p.m. MT contest against No. 19/21 Arizona State will be streamed live.

    Against This Weekend's Opposition
    Boise State will play Indiana State for the first time this weekend, while the Broncos have previously met the remaining three opponents.

    The Broncos are 1-2 all-time against Minnesota, however Boise State did record the 100th win in program history with a 2-1, eight-inning win over the Golden Gophers on March 15, 2012. Boise State is 0-3 all-time against Arizona State, and 4-7 overall, and currently on a four-game skid, against New Mexico State.

    About The Opposition
    No. 15/14 Minnesota enters the weekend 8-1 on the season. The Golden Gophers won their first eight games of the campaign before falling 4-0 to Central Florida last Sunday. The Golden Gophers boast five starters batting at least .440, led by Danielle Parlich (.538) and Hannah Granger (.520), while in the circle Sara Groenewegen is 4-1 with a 0.72 ERA and 51 strikeouts.

    No. 19/21 Arizona State (8-4) hosts its third tournament in as many weekends, and won four of five in last week's action. The Sun Devils are led by Amber Freeman (.447, three HRs, 15 RBI) at the plate and Dale Ryndak (4-0, 2.47 ERA) in the circle.

    New Mexico State (5-5) ventures onto the road for the first time this season, having most recently dropped three of five at home last weekend. The Aggies feature Emma Adams (.441, three HRs, 14 RBI) pacing five players with at least three home runs each, while in the circle Karysta Donisthorpe is 4-1 with a 3.43 ERA.

    Indiana State (2-2) will see just its second weekend of action over the next few days in Tempe. The Sycamores split four games at the Music City Classic two weeks ago, and are led by the play of Erika Crissman (.385, four RBI) and Taylor Lockwood (1-0, 3.42 ERA).

    Last Week's Outings
    Boise State went 1-4 last weekend at the Wilson/DeMarini Desert Classic in Henderson and Las Vegas, Nev.

    The Broncos were swept on the first day of action, falling 15-4 in six innings to No. 25/- Cal State Fullerton then dropping a 3-2 heartbreaker to Long Beach State. In that evening contest, the Broncos led 2-1 into the sixth inning before the 49ers pulled even in the sixth, then scored the winner in the bottom of the seventh on a bases-loaded hit by pitch.

    The Broncos bounced back with a 9-5 win over Seattle University to start off Saturday, but the pitching struggled in the next game, as Boise State hurlers walked 14 batters in a 10-6 loss to Portland State.

    The weekend came to and end with a 6-0 loss to No. 12/10 UCLA in which the Broncos were no-hit for just the sixth time in program history.

    Boise State Against Ranked Opponents
    For the second straight weekend, Boise State will take on at least one ranked opponent, facing No. 15/14 Minnesota twice while also battling host and No. 19/21 Arizona State once.

    The Broncos are 3-36-1 all-time against ranked teams, and 0-1 this season after last Friday's 15-4 six-inning loss to No. 25/- Cal State Fullerton. Boise State's tie against a ranked team came against No. 19/18 Tulsa on March 24, 2013 in Las Vegas, and all three of the Broncos' wins over a ranked team came in a three-game home sweep of No. -/25 Fresno State from April 29-30. That series concluded with a 12-9 win over the Bulldogs in the second game of a doubleheader on April 30.

    Memorable Debut Weekend
    Freshman pitcher Rachel Rodriguez made her collegiate debut last weekend in Las Vegas, and, despite her 1-2 record in the circle, showed plenty of promise and injected optimism into the Broncos' outlook.

    Rodriguez shouldered a large load in Friday night's game against Long Beach State, holding the 49ers to just two runs through six innings before falling 3-2 in the bottom of the seventh inning. She rebounded with her first collegiate win Saturday morning, going the distance with four strikeouts and scattering eight hits in Boise State's 9-5 win over Seattle University. Finally, she went all seven innings Sunday against No. 12/10 UCLA, striking out three despite the 6-0 Bronco loss.

    Rodriguez also made an impact at the plate, batting .333 (3-for-9) with a double and a home run, both coming in Saturday's win over Seattle University.

    Not Missing A Beat
    Despite playing just 13 games last season due to injury, redshirt first baseman Devon Bridges has returned strong in 2015, leading the Broncos with a .533 batting average, 16 hits and three home runs through 10 games.

    Last weekend in Vegas, Bridges paced the Broncos with seven hits, going 7-for-12 (.583) with two home runs, three RBI and four walks. Bridges also went 4-for-4 Saturday night against Portland State, recording her second four-hit game of the season and third of her career. The four hits matched the Boise State single-game record as well as matching Tara Glover (2012-14) for most four-hit games as a Bronco.

    Bridges is also one of the top hitters in program history, being Boise State's all-time leader in six offensive categories including home runs (46), RBI (160) and slugging percentage (.700), while also sitting second with a career batting average of .382. Through last weekend's action, Bridges now needs just 21 hits to supplant Glover (216) atop the program's career list as well as 113 at-bats to pass Holly Bourke's (2010-13) Bronco career record of 625.

    Pop Behind The Plate
    Senior catcher Buggs Torrez has proven to be the team's "Iron Woman" so far this season, handling Boise State's young pitching staff for every inning behind the plate through 10 games.

    Torrez has also brought some pop to the lineup, batting .300 with two doubles, a home run and five RBI while drawing a team-high six walks. Her on-base percentage of .444 also ranks second on the team. This past weekend in Las Vegas, Torrez drew a pair of walks, and against Portland State hit her first home run of the seasonl, a towering two-run bomb to left-center.

    Precocious Rookies
    Pitcher Rachel Rodriguez hasn't been the only freshman making noise for the Broncos this season, as shortstop Sara Ketelsleger and left fielder Makenzie Sullivan have made their respective presences felt at the plate.

    Ketelsleger is second on the team with a .382 batting average, 13 hits and eight RBI, while Sullivan leads the team with 11 RBI in addition to batting .300 and being third on the squad with nine hits. Last weekend in Vegas the pair combined for nine hits, five RBI and four runs scored.


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