Broncos Slated to Face No. 1 Washington in Husky Softball Classic
WHAT’S ON DECK:  The Boise State softball team will travel north to Seattle, Wash. for the Husky Softball Classic. The Broncos will take on Seattle on Feb. 28 and Mar. 1, Portland St. on Feb. 28 and Washington on Mar. 1. The game against No. 3/1 Washington will be the first game that Boise State will play against a ranked team.
ABOUT SEATTLE:  The Redhawks are in a somewhat similar position as the Broncos in 2009. Although softball has been part of the department for years, the whole athletic department just moved to Division I for the 2008-09 school year. The softball team began their Division I play at the Loyola Marymount Tournament in Los Angeles. The Redhawks came away with one-run wins over Illinois-Chicago and Loyola Marymount. LMU also took an eight inning game from the Redhawks, who also lost a pair of games to Cal State Bakersfield. Redhawks hitters have had no trouble adjusting to Division I pitching as three-hitter have batting averages above .400 and two more are over the .300 mark. Lisa Hill is second on the team with a .429 batting average, but has gone deep three times in five games. Hill has an astronomical slugging percentage of 1.143. Lauren Berin isn’t far behind with two homers and a slugging percentage of .824. In the circle, Hannah Klein has picked up both victories for the Redhawks and sports a 2-1 record with a 3.29 ERA. Kelsey Reynolds (0-2) is the No. 2 pitcher for Seattle and has a 3.89 ERA despite the two losses. Overall, the Redhawks pitching staff has a 3.60 ERA but allows opponents to hit .322.

ABOUT PORTLAND ST.:  The Vikings are sitting right at .500 with a 7-7 record. One huge win stands out on their schedule: an 8-1 trouncing over No. 16 DePaul. The Vikings haven’t faired quite as well against other ranked teams on their schedule. They lost 8-0 to No. 2 Arizona State on the first weekend of play and dropped an 11-2 game to No. 18 Nevada on Valentines Day. The Vikings are coming off a 3-2 weekend that included two wins over Boston College and another win over Oklahoma State. Jackie Heide has been on a tear this season, starting all 14 games and leading the team with a .429 batting average. Heide has also stroked 6 homers and brought in 13 RBI while slugging .857 and swiping four bases. Jana Rae Slayton has bombed four home runs and brought in 11 RBI. Tori Rogers heads up the Viking pitching staff with a 2.33 ERA and 2-1 record in four games started. She also holds opponents to a miniscule .184 batting average while she is in the circle. Nicole Latham has made 11 appearances this season, including five starts. She currently holds a 4-4 record and 3.32 ERA in her team-high 44.1 innings pitched.

ABOUT WASHINGTON:  The Huskies have climbed up the ladder of the national ranking and currently sit at No. 3/1 in the two softball polls. The Huskies are 14-0 with a 1-0 win over No. 2 Florida in a nine inning thriller last weekend. Olympian Danielle Lawrie is a big reason for that with a 9-0 record and a microscopic 0.22 ERA. She has allowed only three runs (two earned) to cross the plate this year and enters this weekend with a streak of 52.1 scoreless innings. Lawrie has also recorded 107 strikeouts, including 31 over her past 15 innings. Felecia Harris is 5-0 in the circle this year with another tiny ERA of 1.68 for the Huskies, who have a staff ERA of 0.66. The pitchers have plenty of support on the offensive end with Ashlyn Watson and Ashley Charters leading the way. Both are hitting over .400 and have already reached double digits in RBI. Watson leads the team with a .441 average, four home runs and 13 RBI. Not far behind, Charters sports a .419 average with 15 runs scored, three round-trippers, 12 RBI and nine stolen bases. Three other hitters sit comfortably above the .300 mark while the team has earned a perfect 14-0 record to start the season.

GAMES AVAILABLE THROUGH LIVE STATS:  The University of Washington will host the Husky Softball Classic this weekend and will be providing live stats through the Huskies’ website. Check or go to to view the live stats.

FROM IN THE BOX:  The Broncos have seen plenty of outstanding performances with three different Broncos having perfect three-hit days at the plate. As a team, the Broncos have put together a .254 batting average, which is the third best in the WAC behind Nevada and New Mexico State. The Broncos also rank third in the WAC with an on-base percentage of .351.

BRONCO BREAKOUTS:  Last weekend brought a couple breakout performances from the plate. Ashleigh Viers-Gordillo flashed her skills with the bat in a 3-for-3 performance against San Diego on Friday. The freshman followed that up with a 2-for-3 day at the plate against Colorado State on Saturday. Kathy Cox had already displayed her power with a bullet up the middle and a home run against Fordham in Boise State’s first-ever victory, and she continued to impress with a perfect 3-for-3 day at the plate in a win over San Diego on Sunday. Kelly Sweeney also picked up the first two hits of her collegiate career in an upset win over Long Beach St. The freshman drove in the two go-ahead RBI on a triple in a five-run third inning.

OVER-ZELL’-OUS IN THE CIRCLE:  Aubray Zell has picked up all four wins for the Broncos and heads up the pitching staff with 30.2 innings pitched. Zell ranks third among WAC pitchers with four wins, sixth with a 2.28 ERA and eighth with a .252 BAA. Last weekend, she picked up the upset, complete game victory over her hometown team Long Beach St., holding the 49ers to six hits and three runs (two earned) while recording five strikeouts. She also recorded a complete game win over San Diego, allowing only one runner to advance past second base.

AMONG THE WAC’S BEST:  Kathy Cox and Laeha Hill have etched their names among the best in the conference in the early season rankings. Cox is seventh in the WAC in runs scored per game and Hill is the second-toughest strikeout that the WAC has to offer. Hill averages 0.11 K’s per game with only one strikeout on the season in 28 at-bats.

STREAKING BRONCOS:  Only nine games into the season, a few Broncos have already put together a few impressive hit streaks. Laeha Hill began the season on a five game hit streak that lasted from her very first at-bat in blue and orange until the streak was snapped on Friday against San Diego. Ashleigh Viers-Gordillo was on a four game hit streak until it was snapped in the loss to Long Beach St. on Saturday. Kathy Cox and Christina Capobianco also put together three game hit streaks in young season. Currently, Lexi Straton is the only Bronco riding a hit streak, which stands at three games.

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