Border War Awaits in Utah
Feb. 28, 2018

2018 Red Desert Classic
Friday-Sunday (March 2-4) | St. George, Utah

Friday (March 2)
Boise State (5-6) vs Montana (3-11)- 5:30 p.m. MT | Field 4 | Live Stats

Saturday (March 3)
Boise State vs Utah Valley (2-5)- Noon MT | Field 1 | Live Stats
Boise State vs Southern Utah (1-11)- 2:30 p.m. MT | Field 1 | Live Stats

Sunday (March 4)
Boise State vs Montana- 10 a.m. MT | Field 2 | Live Stats
Boise State vs Weber State- 12:30 p.m. MT | Field 4 | Live Stats

Tournament Notes 

BOISE, Idaho –
The Boise State softball team will continue the non-conference season with a trip to St. George, Utah to play at the Red Desert Classic. The Broncos will play five games against four different opponents, March 2-4. Boise State will play against Montana on Friday, Utah Valley and Southern Utah on Saturday, and Montana and Weber State, Sunday.

BORDER WAR: This weekend’s tournament features a slate of regional foes, as all four opponents hail from Utah and Montana. The Broncos hold a winning record over all four opponents, leading the all-time series against Montana (3-1), Southern Utah (8-2), Utah Valley (4-2) and Weber State (10-6).

REVENGE IS A DISH BEST SERVED COLD: This season will offer Boise State a shot at redemption as they play Weber State on Sunday, the team they fell to in the Ogden Region final of the NISC to end the 2017 season. The Broncos played four games against the Wildcats on the season, with three being a loss.

WEEK OF REST: Boise State is coming off of a week of rest after they were unable to compete in their previously scheduled tournament, UCA Tournament, after travel issues. During the 2017 season, Boise State had six games cancelled. Boise State won the game following after every cancellation, with wins coming against Weber State (Feb. 17), Southern Utah (Feb. 19), North Dakota (March 10), and Nevada (May 5).

MANCHA PHENOMEONAL IN THE CIRCLE: Freshman Gianna Mancha has quickly established herself as Boise State’s ace through two tournaments. The Fresno, Calif. native is 2-2 on the season with two complete games under her belt. She went 2-1 at the Marucci Desert Classic, striking out 23 batters in 17.0 innings of work. On the season, Mancha is averaging 1.13 strikeouts per inning, and her nine strikeouts against Hawai’i (Feb. 18) were the most strikeouts any Boise State pitcher has had in a game since Kelsey Broadus fanned 10 last season against Utah State (April 2, 2017).

Mancha’s 7.9 strikeouts per seven innings is currently first in the Mountain West, and 69th nationally.

LEAVE IT IN VEGAS: The Broncos went 2-3 in Las Vegas at the Marucci Desert Classic, winning games against UTEP (8-2) and Buffalo (7-3), but dropping contests against Iowa State (7-2), Long Beach State (5-1) and Hawai’i (3-1). Boise State is currently on a two-game losing streak. 

SEARCHING FOR A STREAK: Through eleven games, Boise State has yet to sustain a winning streak longer than two games, and the team has yet to finish a day on a winning streak, as their last two-game winning streak was snapped after dropping an afternoon game to Northwestern at the Kajikawa Classic (Feb. 10). The team’s longest under head coach Cindy Ball was 10 games during the 2017 season (Feb. 17, 2017 – Feb. 25, 2017)

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