Softball Opens Dona Larsen Park this Weekend
Boise State softball opens its new home field, Dona Larsen Park, Friday through Sunday, with the SpringHill Suites Invitational. The Broncos will play six games, each day at 2 and 4 p.m. (MT), against three regional opponents.
Idaho State, Portland State and Utah State all visit Boise for a weekend that will feature a total of 10 games, two Friday and four each weekend day.
Boise State (9-13) takes on the Aggies (0-20) Friday, at 2 p.m., in the opener. The opening-day festivities include a ceremonial first pitch by Dona Larsen.
The Broncos and Bengals (7-11) face off three times, once each day. Boise State will play the Vikings (6-17) in the final game Saturday and again at 2 p.m. Sunday.
Game Day Information
Parking: Daily parking permits for spaces in the parking lot at Dona Larsen Park will be sold on site for $5. Fans coming Friday will be able to buy permits for each day of the weekend. Free parking will be available for softball patrons in the Bronco Stadium East Lot and a continuous shuttle will be runningto Dona Larsen Park.
Live Coverage: Live audio will be available for all of Boise State's games during the tournament, free of charge at BroncoSports.com. Live stats are also available on the web site. For in-depth, in-game coverage follow on Twitter @BroncoSportsSB.
St. Patrick's Day: All fans wearing Blue and Orange to the Sunday games will receive the $4 ticket price.
About the Broncos
The Broncos are 9-13 on the season. They have lost seven of the last nine, including four games against top-20 opposition.
Boise State has gotten 72 starts out of its freshmen, starting at least three freshmen in 21 of the 22 games. Another 23 starts have come from transfers.
Despite all of the new faces, the Broncos have been led early on by a few familiar names. Senior Holly Bourke and juniors Devon Bridges and Tara Glover are once again at the top of nearly every offensive category and are all hitting better than .340.
Bourke is reaching base at an astoundig clip this season. Bourke owns a .526 on-base percentage with 19 hits and 20 walks. Her OBP is tops in the Mountain West and 48th nationally. She has reached base safely in 14-straight games.
Bridges leads the team with four home runs and 20 RBI not only lead the team. Eight of her 25 hits have gone for extra bases, leading to a team-best .575 slugging percentage.
Glover racked up six hits in a three-game series at Arizona last weekend, to take the team lead in batting average at .347. She has a team-best 26 hits and is riding a six-game hitting streak as she tries to return to 2012 form when she batted .476 and led the country with 88 hits during the regular season.
Freshman Makenna Weir has supplied the most consistent new bat. Weir has a .300 batting average, .426 on-base percentage, 11 walks, 10 RBI and five 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 5-5 record and 4.34 earned run average. Patton was named Mountain West Pitcher of the Week earlier this season. She has struck out 41 and walked 23 in 58 innings this season.
Senior Lela Work and sophomore Kenzie Cole have also shared time in the circle. Cole has pitched 46.2 innings and has a 3-5 record. Work is 1-3 with one save in 32 innings. Each has a complete-game win to their name this year. Cole tossed her first-career shutout March 3, against Utah State.
Last Time Out
Boise State scored in each of the first three innings Thursday, Arizona in a 9-5, series-opening loss. The Broncos led 5-3 after the top of the third, but Arizona scored six unanswered and held on for the win.
The nationally-ranked Wildcats took a pair of run-rule games Saturday. Arizona won 14-4 in five innings in the game one and 10-2 in five innings in the series finale. The home team ripped nine home runs on the day, giving them 12 in the series.
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