Broncos Host CSU In MW Opener
March 16, 2017

Boise State (17-5, 0-0 MW) vs. Colorado State (12-7, 0-0 MW)
Friday-Saturday (March 17-18)
Dona Larsen Park | Boise, Idaho

Friday (March 17)
Game 1 - 1:30 p.m.
Game 2 - 3:30 p.m.

Saturday (March 18) - Noon

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    BOISE, Idaho - Boise State (17-5, 0-0 MW) opens Mountain West play this weekend, hosting Colorado State (12-7, 0-0 MW) for a three-game series at Dona Larsen Park. The series begins with a Friday doubleheader, with game one set for a 1:30 p.m. start. The series finale is scheduled for noon Saturday.

    About The Opposition
    Colorado State (12-7, 0-0 MW) dropped three of four at home last weekend in the Colorado State Classic II. The Rams split with Maine, dropping the first meeting, 6-5, before rebounding for a 5-4 win over the Black Bears, and dropped both meetings with Wisconsin. Prior to last weekend, the Rams had won six in a row.

    The Rams are led offensively by sophomore Amber Nelson, the team leader in batting (.510), hits (25), home runs (seven), RBI (21) and slugging (.980). Hannah McCorkhill also provides power, batting .269 with five homers and 17 RBIs.

    In the circle, redshirt junior Larisa Petakoff is 5-1 with a 1.67 ERA while Kaylynn Pierce is 4-1 with a 3.34 ERA and 27 strikeouts.

    Colorado State leads the overall series against the Broncos, 9-7, although the Broncos took two of three in Fort Collins last year to win the series. Boise State has taken two of three from the Rams in each of the last two series between the teams.

    Boise State In Mountain West Openers
    Boise State is 2-3 in its opening series of Mountain West play since its first season in the conference (2012). In each of the past two seasons, the Broncos have been swept in their first conference series (at San Jose State in 2015, at Nevada last year).

    This weekend marks the first time the Broncos have opened Mountain West play at home since taking two of three from Fresno State in 2014.

    Last Time Out
    Boise State went 5-0 at the CSUN/LMU Tournament in Southern California last weekend, picking up wins over North Dakota (6-3), co-host LMU (5-0), Bryant (8-0, five innings), Quinnipiac (25-12, six innings) and Hartford (10-1, six innings).

    Redshirt junior pitcher Paige Reimann tossed a no-hitter in the win over Bryant, the second no-no of the season for the Bronco staff, and fourth in program history. Senior Christina Washington went 2-0 to improve to 9-3 on the season, and tossed her fourth shutout of the campaign.

    At the plate, Rebekah Cervantes batted .500 (8-for-16) with a home run, two triples, nine runs scored and 10 RBIs. Morgan Lamb went 5-for-5 with a home run and five RBIs in Sunday’s win over Quinnipiac.

    Boise State Gets A Vote
    Boise State received a vote in this week’s USA Today/NFCA Coaches Poll after its 5-0 weekend at the CSUN/LMU Tournament.

    Among The National Leaders
    Boise State’s 17-5 non-conference season has produced some big numbers on both offense and defense, and gotten the Broncos among the national leaders in numerous categories.

    Boise State ranks in the national top 25 in batting (.357, sixth), runs per game (7.32, eighth), slugging percentage (.535, 13th), stolen bases per game (2.32, 16th), double plays per game (0.55, 17th), doubles per game (1.64, 21st) and on-base percentage (.420, 22nd).

    Individually, Rebekah Cervantes is 23rd in the country in batting (.492), fifth in runs per game (1.27), 12th in RBIs (29) and on-base percentage (.593), and 18th in slugging percentage (.918).

    In the circle, freshman Kelsey Broadus ranks 13th in the country in strikeouts per seven innings pitched (10.4).

    Cervantes Named Mountain West Player Of The Week
    Sophomore shortstop Rebekah Cervantes was named Mountain West Player of the Week Tuesday, following a weekend at the CSUN/LMU Tournament in which she batted .500 (8-for-16) with a home run, two triples, nine runs scored and 10 RBIs.

    For the season, Cervantes, last year’s conference freshman of the year, leads the Broncos or shares the lead in batting (.492), hits (30), runs (28), doubles (seven), triples (two), home runs (five), RBI (29), slugging (.918) and on-base percentage (.593).

    Reimann With The No-No
    Redshirt junior pitcher Paige Reimann tossed the first no-hitter of her career and the fourth in Boise State history in last Saturday’s 8-0, five-inning win over Bryant.

    It was also the second no-hitter of the season for the Bronco staff, after Christina Washington’s perfect game against Maryland Eastern Shore on Feb. 25.

    Sunday’s no-hitter continued a strong start to 2017 for Reimann, who is 3-1 with a 2.33 ERA and 15 strikeouts.

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