Three-Game Set at No. 16/20 Arizona Up Next
Boise State softball will break from its early-season tournament schedule for a three-game series at No. 16/20 Arizona Thursday and Saturday, in Tucson, Ariz.
The Broncos (9-10) will meet the Wildcats (15-5) for the first time in program history Thursday at 6 p.m. (MT), at Hillenbrand Stadium. The game was originally scheduled for Friday evening, but impending weather concerns pushed the game up one day.
The Saturday doubleheader remains as scheduled, beginning at 5 p.m. (MT). Boise State enters the weekend 56-33 all-time in the month of March.
Arizona is providing a live video stream of each game free of charge. A link to the video stream is available at BroncoSports.com, on the softball schedule page. Live stats are also available on the schedule page. For more in-depth, in-game coverage follow the action on Twitter @BroncoSportsSB.
Broncos Against The Best
After falling to No. 12/10 UCLA in 11 innings March 2, Boise State is 0-25 all-time against teams ranked in the NFCA poll. The Broncos are 3-28 all-time against schools ranked in either poll. All three wins came in a series sweep against Fresno State April 29-30, 2011, in Boise.
Boise State is 3-18 all-time against current Pacific-12 Confernce member institutions, including a 0-3 mark this season. Twelve of those 21 games were against ranked foes.
About the Broncos
The Broncos are 9-10 on the season, going 2-3 and three of the first four early-season tournaments and 3-1 at the other.
Boise State has gotten 62 starts out of its freshmen, starting at least three freshmen in 18 of the 19 games. Another 19 starts have come from transfers.
Despite all of the new faces, the Broncos have been led early on by a few familiar names. Junior Devon Bridges is once again the biggest run-producing threat in the Boise State order. Bridges leads the squad with a .359 average on a team-best 23 hits, including four home runs. Her 19 RBI not only lead the team, but are nearly doubles the next highest Bronco in the category (10).
Senior Holly Bourke is reaching base at an astoundig clip this season. Bourke owns a .514 on-base percentage with 17 hits and 17 walks. Her OBP is tops in the Mountain West.
Freshman Makenna Weir has supplied the most consistent new bat. Weir has a .310 batting average, .442 on-base percentage, 10 walks, 10 RBI and four extra-base hits, ranking in the top three on the team in each category. She has played five different positions in her debut season.
The pitching staff is led by junior transfer Rebecca Patton's 5-4 record and 3.30 earned run average. Patton was named Mountain West Pitcher of the Week two weeks ago, going 2-0 with a 0.54 ERA in 13 innings Feb. 22-24, at a tournament in Riverside, Calif. Most recently Patton pitched 10.1 innings against No. 12/10 UCLA, taking the complete-game loss desipite holding the Bruins to five hits. She has struck out 38 and walked 20 in 53 innings this season.
Senior Lela Work and sophomore Kenzie Cole have also shared time in the circle. Cole has pitched 31.2 innings and has a 3-4 record. Work is 1-2 with one save in 30 innings. Each earned a complete-game win in their last outings. Cole tossed her first-career shutout March 3, against Utah State.
Tara Glover is hitting .308 with 20 hits, including two home runs, nine runs scored and nine RBI. Glover has four multi-hit games as she tries to get back to last season's form when she batted .476 and led the country with 88 hits during the regular season.
Wildcat pitcher Estela Pinon and Boise State catcher Brittany McCray were the battery at Yavapai Junior College last season. Pinon was 21-3 with a 1.55 ERA while McCray hit .406 with eight home runs to lead the Roughriders to a 57-10 record.
All-Time Series: First Meeting
Last Time Out
Boise State softball dropped two games on the first day losing to BYU and Long Beach State. Holly Bourke reached base in five of her eight plate appearances.
BYU handed Boise State an 8-1 loss Friday, in a game that saw the teams combine to walk 17 batters, hit two and strand 25 runners. The Broncos had a base runner in each of the first six innings but could not push one across the plate until the sixth.
Boise State scored a run in the fifth and the sixth innings but it was not enough to overcome an early deficit to Long Beach State in the nightcap. The Broncos trailed 2-0 after the first and 5-0 before scoring in the bottom of the fifth.
Boise State erased a pair of deficits but settled for a split Saturday, falling to No. 12/10 UCLA 5-4 in 11 innings before defeating San Diego 5-3. Rebecca Patton and Lela Work each pitched complete games. Patton took the loss against UCLA and Work earned her first win of the year against the Toreros.
Patton allowed five runs (two earned), limiting the Bruins to five hits. She walked seven and struck out three. Devon Bridges had four hits against UCLA including an RBI triple in the ninth. The game ended on a sacrifice fly.
Makenna Weir was 3-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored, including her first-career home run to help Boise State battle back from a 3-0 deficit against San Diego. Work allowed three runs (all unearned) on five hits and one walk. The Broncos scored three runs in the sixth to take the lead, capped by a two-run double from freshman Ashley Palmer.
Kenzie Cole tossed a shutout and Bridges scorched a two-run home run in the sixth inning to lead Boise State softball to a 2-0 win Sunday, against Utah State. Cole surrendered just three hits and one walk while striking out seven for her first-career shutout. She retired the side in order in the first, fourth, sixth and seventh innings.
Bourke led off the bottom of the sixth with a walk to extend her reached-base-safely streak to 11 games. Bridges was the next batter to the plate. After working the count full, the junior slugger unloaded on a pitch and put it over the wall just left of dead center where the fence reaches 235 feet.
Brilliant Hitting Per-FOUR-mances
Bourke Getting Aboard
Cole Making Quick Work of Opposition
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