Softball Home Slate Begins This Weekend
March 10, 2016
2016 Springhill Suites Invitational
Friday, March 11
Saturday, March 12
Sunday, March 13
Game Day Info Tickets: Admission will be charged each day. Prices are $6 for adults and $4 for juniors (2-18) and seniors (62+). Boise State students receive free admission with a valid ID card. One ticket is valid all day. Bronco Sports Passes are also good for entry to all softball games all season long.
Parking: Free parking will be available for softball patrons at two different locations, depending on the day. Parking Friday is in the Bronco Stadium East Lot and a continuous shuttle will be running to Dona Larsen Park. On Saturday and Sunday, parking will be available in the lot at the URS Building at 720 E Park Blvd. Parking at Dona Larsen Park will be on a first-come, first-served basis with a $5 cost all three days.
BOISE, Idaho - Boise State (4-16) opens up the 2016 home slate at Dona Larsen Park this weekend, hosting the Springhill Suites Invitational. The Broncos play in five of the six games, starting with a doubleheader against Idaho State (8-11) Friday (12 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.). The Broncos then play three against Montana (6-12), first Saturday at 2:30 p.m. then a Sunday doubleheader (10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.).
About The Opposition
Idaho State (8-11) comes to Boise on the heels of a 3-1 weekend at the Colorado State Classic. The Bengals won their first three games, beating Nebraska-Omaha twice and the host Rams once before dropping the final game to the hosts. The Bengals have won five of their last six heading into this weekend's invitational.
Montana (6-12), like Boise State, was at the Husky Classic in Seattle last weekend but only played three games due to inclement weather. The Griz went 0-3 for the weekend, falling to Pacific, Kent State and co-host Washington. Montana has lost eight of its last nine entering this weekend's games in Boise.
Boise State defeated Montana, 4-3 in eight innings, at last year's SpringHill Suites Invitational. The Broncos last played Idaho State in 2014, winning all three meetings with the Bengals that season.
Last Time Out
Outside of a 12-1, five-inning loss at the hands of co-host No. 9/7 Washington, each of the rest of the Bronco losses came by just one run in addition to the Broncos having the tying run in scoring position on their final at-bat.
A bases-loaded double play ended Friday's opener, a 4-3 to Pacific, while Saturday morning the Broncos let a 6-0 lead get away to Bradley. The Braves completed the comeback with four runs in the top of the seventh to go up 7-6, then held the Broncos scoreless in the bottom half despite Boise State getting runners on second and third with two out. Sunday at Seattle University, the Broncos loaded the bases with two out in the top of the seventh, down 5-4, but could not finish the rally.
Hendrickson Powers Up
The homer, a solo shot Sunday against Seattle University, was Hendrickson's team-best third of the season. Overall, her performance at the plate in Seattle has pushed her into a tie for the team lead in batting (.333, with freshman Morgan Lamb)while along with home runs she also leads the team with a .619 slugging percentage and ranks second or tied for second on the team in RBI (11), doubles (three), runs scored (six) and on-base percentage (.404).
Hughes Picking Up The Pop
Over the five games, Hughes batted a team-best .529 (9-for-17) with a homer, double, five RBI and three runs scored. Her home run, a three-run shot, came at a clutch moment Saturday, breaking a 2-2 tie in the seventh inning and providing the winning margin in Boise State's 5-2 victory over Seattle University.
For the year, Hughes is batting .320, third on the team, and leads the Broncos in hits (16) and RBI (14).
McGill With A Clutch Start
In stepped junior Mackenzie McGill to deliver the outing the Broncos needed, going the distance and holding the RedHawks to just two runs on seven hits and striking out three. However, McGill was in line to take a loss as the Broncos trailed, 2-1, entering the seventh, but a four-run inning, boosted by Teauna Hughes' three-run homer, gave McGill the deserved win, 5-2.
McGill, who gave up a two-run homer in the first, buckled down and only allowed just one RedHawk baserunner to reach second base the rest of the way, and retired the final eight batters she faced.
Clausen also drove in a pair of runs and scored once.
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