Broncos Open MW Play in Logan
March 15, 2018

Boise State (15-8) vs Utah State (9-11)
Logan, Utah | LaRee & LaGrand Johnson Field
March 16-18
 
Friday (March 16)
Boise State (15-8) vs Utah State (9-11)- 1 p.m. (MT) | Live Stats | Live Stream
Game 2- TBA (Either March 17 or March 18)
Game 3- TBA (Either March 17 or March 18)

Game Notes

BOISE, Idaho – After a successful non-conference season, the Boise State softball team will dive into Mountain West Conference play at Utah State. The Broncos enter conference play in fourth in overall standings after being picked to finish seventh in the conference by the league’s coaches.

SERIES HISTORY: In one of the most storied rivalries in program history, the Broncos hold a 14-11 advantage over Utah State in the all-time series. After suffering eight-straight losses to the Aggies from 2015-17, Boise State snagged the final two games against the program in 2017, including a 10-2 win in six innings at the NISC Ogden Regional. Boise State is 7-5 all-time in Logan, Utah.

CONFERENCE OPENER: Riding a 15-8 record as they enter conference play, the Broncos are looking to set a positive tone early in a wide open Mountain West. Since joining the conference in 2012, Boise State is 8-10 in conference opening series. This will be the fourth season the Broncos open Mountain West play on the road.

ALI SWING: On the Wednesday home opener against Utah Valley, freshman Alison Seng was a perfect 7-for-7 at the plate. Seng had a solo home run in the first game of the doubleheader, and tallied three doubles on the day. On the season, Seng is hitting .444 with eight doubles and nine RBIs.

POCKET ACES: Freshman Gianna Mancha quickly established herself as a presence in the Boise State lineup at pitcher. Now sophomore Kelsey Broadus is finding her rhythm after dealing with consistency issues in Boise State’s first set of tournaments. Broadus fanned 13 batters in the opening game of the doubleheader against Utah Valley -- tied for her career high and tied for third on the Boise State record book.

Mancha and Broadus have logged a combined 96 of Boise State’s 143.2 innings this season. The two have been the pitcher of record for the Broncos’ past 11 games, and have traded the starting nod in Boise State’s past 10 games.

RIDING A HOT HAND: After struggling to get above .500 for more than a day, Boise State broke off a three-game winning streak to close out the Red Desert Classic. The Broncos went 4-1 on the weekend, but won their final three games, downing Southern Utah (10-1), Montana (8-0) and Weber State (9-1). All three games were won in five innings due to the eight-run rule. This was the first time in program history that Boise State won three-consecutive games in five innings, and only the second time Boise State has run-ruled three-straight opponents.

The Broncos are currently riding a five-game winning streak, their longest of the year.

 


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