Back To SoCal For Boise State
March 11, 2015
March 14 -
BOISE, Idaho - Boise State heads to Orange County and to Bakersfield for its final non-conference weekend of the regular season, playing in the Easton Tournament at Cal State Fullerton Friday and Saturday, then traveling to Bakersfield for a Sunday doubleheader against CSU Bakersfield.
Boise State spends the first two days of its trip at the Easton Tournament, hosted by Cal State Fullerton. Friday, the Broncos take on Nebraska at 11 a.m. MT, then have a long break before meeting the host Titans at 8:30 p.m. MT.
The Broncos play two back-to-back Saturday, opening with Charleston Southern at 11 a.m. MT followed by DePaul at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, the weekend ends with a doubleheader at CSU Bakersfield, as the Broncos and Roadrunners clash at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. MT.
Against This Weekend's Opposition Boise State and Nebraska met for the first time at last year's Mary Nutter Classic, with the Cornhuskers taking a 4-0 victory.
Saturday night's contest will be the third matchup of the season between Boise State and Cal State Fullerton, with the Titans holding a 2-0 edge. The Titans beat the Broncos, 15-4, in six innings back on Feb. 13 in Las Vegas, then captured a 2-0 win in Fullerton on Feb. 28. Cal State Fullerton leads the overall series 4-0.
Boise State will meet Charleston Southern, DePaul and CSU Bakersfield all for the first time this weekend.
About The Opposition
Cal State Fullerton (14-12) has gone 2-4 since defeating Boise State, 2-0, on Feb. 28 at home. The Titans went 1-3 at the Judi Garman Classic last weekend, which included a 9-3 loss to San Diego State. The Titans are paced by the play of Missy Taukeiaho (.412, seven HR, 21 RBI) and pitcher Christina Washington (7-3, 4.49 ERA).
Charleston Southern (16-8) has won seven of its past eight heading into this weekend, and is led by the two-way play of Cheyenne Gandara (.412, 10 HR, 27 RBI at the plate, 11-4, 2.22 ERA, 101 K in the circle) along with the power-hitting of Marci Christian (.313, 12 HR, 27 RBI).
DePaul (6-12) saw its most recent action two weeks ago, going 0-4 at the Alexis Park Resort Classic in Las Vegas. The Blue Demons were scheduled to play in the Coach B Classic in Carbondale, Ill. last weekend but it was canceled due to inclement weather. DePaul is paced by the play of Mary Connolly (.462, six HR, 17 RBI) and Nicole Pihl (.357, six HR, 17 RBI).
CSU Bakersfield (9-12) swept Western Carolina in doubleheader action Wednesday, grabbing wins of 1-0 and 4-1. The Roadrunners also went 1-2 at the Lobo Classic in Albuquerque last weekend, dropping its final two games. Sydney Raeber (.367, six doubles, 10 RBI) leads the Roadrunners at the plate while in the circle Kelsie Monroe is 6-5 with a 3.03 ERA and 51 strikeouts.
Last Week's Outings
The Broncos dropped two games to Weber State over that span, falling 10-7 Friday before dropping a 19-10, nine-inning decision in Sunday's finale. Friday, the Broncos fought back from an early 5-1 deficit to even things at 5-5, but Weber State scored four runs its next time at bat to put the Broncos away. Sunday, the teams battled to a 7-7 stalemate after seven innings, and were still tied 8-8 after eight until the Wildcats scored 11 runs in the top of the ninth to break it open.
Boise State split its Saturday slate, falling 7-1 to Saint Mary's in the opener before earning a 4-3, eight-inning comeback victory over Montana. In the win, junior Teauna Hughes went 3-for-3 with two home runs, the second a game-tying solo shot in the sixth inning, and senior Jordan Kreiger drove in Kaelie Doyle with the winning run in the bottom of the eighth.
Pitcher Nicole Wilson went a career-high eight innings in the win, striking out five Montana batters while allowing just three runs (two earned) on five hits.
Hughes Comes Up Huge
Over Boise State's last nine games, Hughes has been the hottest Bronco hitter, batting .481 (13-for-27) with the two home runs and five RBI.
This past weekend, the transfer from Mount Hood CC hit her first home runs as a Bronco, both coming in the 4-3, eight-inning win over Montana on Saturday. It was also the first two-home run game by a Bronco since Lindsey Nicholson's against Idaho State on April 29, 2014. Hughes' first homer gave the Broncos a 1-0 lead in the second inning, while her second was even more clutch, tying the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the sixth inning.
On the year, Hughes is batting .323 (third on the team) with 21 hits (second on the team), five doubles, two homers and nine RBI.
Some More Bronco Firsts
Sophomore transfer Corey Hendrickson and freshman Shaelee Pearson each hit their first home runs as Broncos. Hendrickson's bomb came in Boise State's 7-1 loss to Saint Mary's Saturday, one of the Broncos' few highlights in the contest. Pearson, meanwhile, hit her round-tripper in Friday's 10-7 loss to Weber State, highlighting her 3-for-3 performance that also included a pair of runs scored.
For the weekend, Hendrickson hit .400 (2-for-5) while Pearson batted .333 (3-for-9).
Another transfer, sophomore Ashley Panetta, got her first hit as a Bronco in Saturday's loss to Saint Mary's and scored her first run in Sunday's 19-10 loss to Weber State.
Going The Distance
Wilson, a transfer from St. Peter's, allowed just three runs (two earned) on five hits and struck out five to earn her first win as a Bronco.
For the weekend, Wilson had an ERA of 3.17 over three appearances with a total of 17 strikeouts. She is now 1-2 on the year with an ERA of 3.57 and a pair of saves.
Every Day We're Hittin'
Boise State's all-time best team batting average is the .299 mark in 2011.
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