Broncos Head To Husky Classic In Seattle
March 3, 2016
Friday, March 4 (all times Mountain)
Saturday, March 5
Sunday, March 6
BOISE, Idaho - Boise State (3-12) begins the second half of its non-conference season this weekend at the Husky Classic in Seattle. The Broncos will take on Pacific (7-8) and No. 9/7 Washington (12-3) Friday at Washington, play Bradley (4-11) at Washington then head across town to face Seattle University (5-10) at Logan Field Saturday. The Broncos end with a second game at Seattle Sunday.
About The Opposition Boise State will play five games in Seattle, opening with Pacific and co-host No. 9/7 Washington Friday at Husky Softball Stadium. Saturday, the Broncos will take on Bradley at Husky Softball Stadium at 12:15 p.m. MT then will head across town to Logan Field to face co-host Seattle University. A second game against Seattle will close out the trip Sunday morning.
Pacific (7-8) has dropped six of their past nine after a 4-2 start, most recently going 2-3 this past weekend as it hosted the Libby Matson Tournament. The Tigers lost twice to Purdue and once to Cal Poly while twice beating CSU Bakersfield.
Pacific is also the alma mater of Boise State head coach Cindy Ball, who as a Tiger from 1999-2002 was an NFCA All-American and Big West Pitcher of the Year in 2001 and 2002 while helping lead the Tigers to three NCAA Tournament appearances.
Washington opened the season ranked No. 20 in the country, and has moved up to No. 9 in the NFCA poll and to No. 7 in the USA Softball/ESPN poll after a 12-3 start. The Huskies spent the past two weeks at the Mary Nutter Classic, going a combined 7-3 including a win over No. 2 Michigan.
Bradley (4-11) has gone 3-9 since defeating the Broncos at the Kajikawa Classic two weekends ago. The Braves went 1-4 at the Unconquered Invitational last weekend, defeating only UAB in the opener before falling twice to both Florida State and Hofstra.
Seattle University (5-10) has gone 2-3 each of the past two weekend, most recently at the Saint Mary’s Tournament. The Redhawks lost twice to Sacramento State and took two of three from host Saint Mary’s.
This weekend will feature Boise State’s first matchups with Pacific and Washington since 2014 and 2012, respectively. The Broncos fell to Bradley, 4-2, in Tempe, Ariz., two weeks ago (Feb. 13) and split a pair of games with Seattle University last year.
Last Time Out Boise State got into the win columns for the first time this season at the Mary Nutter Classic in Cathedral City, going 3-1. The Broncos opened the weekend with three-straight wins, beating Loyola Marymount (5-4 in eight innings), New Mexico State (2-1) and Stanford (9-1 in six innings) before dropping the finale, 9-4, to Cal State Northridge.
Sunday morning’s scheduled game against Bethune Cookman was declared a no contest after Bethune Cookman only had eight available players following Saturday’s action.
Pearson And Serrano Set The Table Sophomore Shaelee Pearson and junior Izzy Serrano did a splendid job as the Broncos’ 1-2 batters over the last three games at the Mary Nutter Classic, going a combined 10-for-18 (.556) with five runs scored, an RBI and three walks.
Serrano, who did not play in the weekend opener against Loyola Marymount, got a hit in each of her first five at-bats and went on to bat .700 (7-for-10) over the final three games. Her only RBI of the weekend was a critical one, as it came when she drove in Pearson for the eventual winning run of the 2-1 victory over New Mexico State.
Pearson, meanwhile, batted .400 (4-for-10) with three walks and a team-high five runs scored. She reached base on eight of her 15 plates appearances (four hits, three walks, one HBP), and reached base all six times she led off an inning for the Broncos over the weekend.
Walkin’ It Off Walk-off wins provide great moments, and for Boise State last weekend they doubled up on exciting finishes, beating Loyola Marymount and Stanford win walk-off fashion.
In the weekend opener, the Broncos trailed LMU, 4-3, heading into the bottom of the eighth. With Teauna Hughes opening the frame on second via the international tiebreaker rules, junior Corey Hendrickson unloaded on the first pitch of the inning, sending it deep and out to left for the walk-off, two-run homer.
The next day, leading Stanford 7-1 entering the bottom of the sixth, Kayla Clausen stepped to the plate with a runner on and the chance to end the game via the eight-run mercy rule. And end it she did, smacking her own two-run, walk-off homer out to left to give the Broncos the 9-1 win.
Burke picked up two wins, getting the first in relief against LMU and the second with a complete-game gem against a powerful New Mexico State team. Against an Aggie squad that entered the contest 10-2 and hitting well over .400 as a team, Burke held them to just one run on six hits, and only one extra-base hit (a double) in the 2-1 Bronco victory.
Wilson, meanwhile, threw 3.2 innings of relief against LMU with the only run allowed being the international-tiebreaker run in the eighth, and followed up with a dominatn effort against Stanford. In that outing, she held the Cardinal to just a run on four hits in the 9-1, six-inning win.
The complete games tossed by Burke and Wilson were the first of the season for the Bronco pitching staff.
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