Four Games on Tap in Riverside
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Boise State softball faces four games against a familiar field at the UC Riverside Softball Invitational Feb. 22-24, in Riverside, Calif. The Broncos (4-6) play one game Friday, two games Saturday and one more Sunday, at Amy S. Harrison Field.
Boise State will open the tournament at 9 a.m. (PT) Friday, against Weber State. The Broncos will also play at 9 a.m. (PT) Saturday and Sunday, both games against San Diego. The second game on Saturday pits Boise State against host UC Riverside at 11:30 a.m. (PT).
The Broncos have played a combined 13 games against the three opponents in the past three seasons, posting a 10-3 mark during that stretch. Last season Boise State knocked off San Diego (once) and Weber State (twice) in the only meetings. The Broncos also won their last game agasint UC Riverside in 2011.
-Junior Devon Bridges homered twice at the UTSA Classic, bringing her season total to three. Bridges tied and then moved passed Kathy Cox (32; 2009-10), for second place all-time on the career home run list at Boise State. She is four shy of Christina Capobianco's school record (37).
-Freshman Makenna Weir has reached base safely in her last six games and is riding a three game hitting streak. Weir has also scored a run in four-straight games she has played.
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 came from behind to defeat Rutgers 3-1 in the tournament opener. Devon Bridges belted a two-out, three-run home run in the third inning to get Boise State on the board and Bridges also doubled in the game as she had two of the Broncos' four hits, her second multi-hit game of the year.
Boise State was outhit by Missouri State 10-3 on its way to a 6-0 loss in the second game.
Iowa State scored six runs in the top of the seventh inning Feb. 16, to come from behind and defeat Boise State 9-4. The Cyclones tied the game on a bases-loaded infield single and added five two-out runs to take and pad the lead.
All nine batters in the Bronco order recorded a hit, including four multi-hit performances, as Boise State won its second game of Feb. 16, against UTSA, 9-6. The Broncos racked up 14 hits, led by three from Tara Glover.
Glover doubled to start the game and went on to get a base hit in each of the first three innings. She had an RBI double in the second for her fourth-career game with two doubles.
Holly Bourke tied the school record with four hits, but Boise State lost to Rutgers 9-2 Feb. 17, in its final game at the UTSA Classic. The Broncos fell behind early after a first-inning grand slam and never fully recovered.
The Broncos had two runners on base in the top of the first, but a line-drive double play ended the inning. The Scarlet Knights used the momentum immediately, loading the bases with the first three batters. The cleanup hitter, Ashley Alden, came to the plate and swatted a home run over the fence in left to put Rutgers up 4-0 before recording an out.
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