Tournament Play Returns to Dona Larsen Park
March 13, 2014
BOISE, Idaho -Boise State softball continues its homestand this weekend with the SpringHill Suites Invitational II, Friday through Sunday, at Dona Larsen Park. The Broncos welcome Lafayette, Southern Utah and Idaho State for the three-day tournament. There are 11 games on the schedule in all. Boise State will play six times over the weekend.
Boise State is scheduled to play twice each day, with first pitches slated for 2:15 and 4:30 p.m. The Bronocs will play Lafayette Friday, in their first game of the weekend, followed by the first of three games against Southern Utah. Boise State takes on in-state rival Idaho State (2:15 p.m.) and Southern Utah (4:30 p.m.) on Saturday, before closing the tournament with the same two opponents in the reverse order Sunday.
Lafayette and Idaho State will get the tournament started Friday, at noon. The Leopards will also play the first game of the Saturday and Sunday slates.
Live stats will be available for each game. Live video will be available for all Boise State games. Check the schedule page at BroncoSports.com for more information.
Watch It Live Online
The remainder of Boise State's home games will be streamed for free at BroncoSports.com, via the Mountain West Network. There is no cost to subscribe or watch as many live games as you want. The games will also be available as an archive almost immediately after their conclusions. All six Boise State games will be streamed this weekend. Every home game during the conference season will be streamed, and the majority of the Broncos' road games during Mountain West play will be available on the Mountain West Network, as well.
Game Day Info
Tickets: General 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.
Friday Ticket Special: All fans get into the Friday games for $1.
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.
The Leopards have been able to play just four games this season as 11 have been canceled due to inclement weather. Lafayette won its first game of the season, Feb. 22, before dropping one later that day and two more Feb. 23, at the Longwood Spring Classic. That is the last time the team was able to take the field for a game, having seven contests washed out since. Melissa Robinson has been the most effective pitcher in teh early going, tossing a complete game in each of her two starts. Robinson has a 1-1 record and a 2.33 ERA in her 15 innings, but has struck out just one against six walks. In a small sample size, Kristy Marinelli and Victoria Vergona have been the most productive at the plate. Marinelli has four hits and two RBI. Vergona is 2-for-6 with a home run and a triple.
All-Time Series: First Meeting.
About Southern Utah
About Idaho State
The 12-8 Bengals are led once again by a powerful offense. Junior catcher Vicky Galasso leads a unit that is scoring 7.25 runs per game and hitting .334 as a team. Galasso, selected to the USA Softball Player fo the Year Watch List before the season, is hitting .407 and slugging .898. She has nine home runs and 34 RBI in 20 games. She has also drawn 18 walks for a .551 on-base percentage. Kacie Burnett leads the team wiht 38 hits and a .543 batting average. The pitching staff has a combined 5.15 ERA.
All-Time Series: Boise State leads 9-4.
Off and Running
Boise State has 45 stolen bases through the first 21 games of the season. The Broncos are 45-of-55 on steal attempts. They stole 46 bases all of last season.
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