Broncos Head To Mary Nutter Classic
Feb. 25, 2016
Mary Nutter Classic (Feb. 26-28)
Friday (Feb. 26) - All Times Mountain
Saturday (Feb. 27)
Sunday (Feb. 28)
BOISE, Idaho - Boise State (0-11) heads to Southern California in search of its first win of the 2016 campaign, opening its time at the Mary Nutter Classic Friday with a doubleheader against Loyola Marymount (6-4) and New Mexico State (9-2). Saturday’s game is against Stanford (4-5) before ending the weekend with a Sunday doubleheader against Bethune Cookman (3-8) and Cal State Northridge (6-4).
About The Opposition
Loyola Marymount (6-4) will play in Cathedral City for the second-straight weekend, as the Lions went 2-3 last week. After dropping its first three games, the Lions came back to with victories over George Washington and Bethune Cookman to close the weekend.
New Mexico State (9-2) hosted the Troy Cox Classic in Las Cruces last weekend, going 4-2. The Aggies’ two losses came against No. 14 Oklahoma, but they picked up a pair of wins over Western Michigan in addition to victories over Campbell and Creighton.
Stanford (4-5) hosted the Stanford Nike Invitational last weekend, going 1-3 at home with losses to North Dakota State and Long Beach State with a split against Saint Mary’s.
Bethune Cookman (3-8), like LMU, will spend its second weekend in a row in Cathedral City. Last week the Wildcats went 0-6, falling to Pacific, LSU, New Mexico, Utah Valley, UC Santa Barbara and LMU.
Cal State Northridge (6-4) was also in Las Vegas for the DeMarini Classic last weekend, going 3-2. The Matadors dropped decisions to Weber State and Colorado State but picked up wins against Portland State, Wichita State and Utah State.
New Mexico State (WAC) and Cal State Northridge (Big West) both made the NCAA Tournament last year as their respective conference’s champion. The Aggies were eliminated in three games at the Tucson Regional, while the Matadors went two-and-out at the Los Angeles Regional.
Boise State dropped a close 4-3 decision to New Mexico State last year in Tempe, Ariz., while the Broncos last met Cal State Northridge in 2014 and LMU in 2012. The meetings against Bethune Cookman and Stanford will be the first all-time.
Last Time Out
Boise State opened the weekend with losses of 8-0 (in five innings) and 3-2 to BYU and Southern Utah, respectively, before falling to Utah (9-1) and Weber State (10-0 in five innings) Saturday.
Sunday, the Broncos fought hard, but dropped a pair of one-run decisions. The first was a six-inning, 6-5 loss to Wichita State followed by a 5-4, eight-inning loss to Oregon State.
Clausen Heats Up In Vegas
Clausen went 5-for-14 for the weekend, leading the Broncos in hits, batting average and with three runs scored. She also added a pair of doubles and stole a base.
The weekend effort brought Clausen’s average for the year up to a team-high .269 while she’s tied for the team leads with seven hits and four runs scored.
The Power Is Coming Back
Bassler Battles In The Circle
Four of her losses this season have come by two runs or less, with three coming in one-run decisions. Bassler has given up three earned runs or less in five of her six appearances this season, with three of those being starts and the remaining two being extended relief appearances. Not counting her first appearance, in which she gave up five runs to Virginia, over Bassler’s last 22.0 innings pitched she’s given up just nine earned runs (3.68 ERA).
Heading into this weekend she leads the Broncos with 16 strikeouts.
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