Broncos Close Non-Conference In Lubbock
March 17, 2016
Jeannine McHaney Memorial Classic - Lubbock, Texas
BOISE, Idaho - Boise State (6-17) closes its non-conference slate this weekend as it travels to Lubbock, Texas, for the Jeannine McHaney Memorial Classic at Texas Tech. The Broncos will face host Texas Tech (10-15) three times (Friday at 3 p.m. MT, Saturday at 5:30 p.m., Sunday at 9 a.m.), and Georgia Southern (14-10) twice (Friday at 5:30 p.m., Saturday at 12:30 p.m.).
About The Opposition
Texas Tech (10-15) has lost five of its last six heading into Friday's contest, having most recently suffered a three-game sweep at Texas A&M.
Georgia Southern (14-10) has won eight of its last 11 but lost its past three entering this weekend in Lubbock. The Eagles had won eight in a row until dropping the second game of a doubleheader against Texas State followed by a two-game sweep at the hands of Texas A&M.
Boise State will face Georgia Southern for the first time this weekend, while the Broncos last faced Texas Tech in 2013, and are 1-4 against the Red Raiders all-time.
Last Time Out
The Broncos opened the tournament with an 11-0, five-inning loss to Idaho State, but rebounded well to take the second game of Friday's doubleheader against the Bengals, 6-4. In that win, freshman Jenna Bassler picked up her first collegiate win and Kayla Clausen went 3-for-3 with two doubles and four RBI.
Saturday, the Broncos trailed Montana by a run entering the bottom of the seventh, but needed just one swing of the bat to earn the win as Makenzie Sullivan hit a two-run, walk-off homer to give the Broncos the victory, 6-5.
Clausen On A Tear
The weekend continued a hot streak for Clausen. Since the start of the Mary Nutter Classic on Feb. 26, Clausen has batted .364 (12-for-33) over 12 games, with four doubles, a home run and nine RBI.
Bassler Picks Up First Win
It was a long-deserved win for Bassler, who had been snakebitten earlier this season in taking losses in four one-run contests, and another in a two-run game.
In three of her first four starts (against San Diego, Southern Utah and Wichita State), Bassler had pitched welll but been stuck with a one-run loss.
For the year, she leads Boise State with a 4.13 ERAand 21 strikeouts.
"Huge-hes" Last Two Weeks For Hughes
Over this span (eight games), Hughes has racked up five multi-hit games, with a three-hit performance against Pacific on March 4. On March 5, Hughes hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning to give Boise State a 5-2 lead that would hold in a win at Seattle University.
Hughes' run over the past two weeks has put her atop the Boise State rankings in batting average (.339), hits (19, tied for first) and RBI (15).
Previously, Corey Hendrickson hit a walk-off two-run homer Feb. 26 to give Boise State a 5-4 walk-off win over LMU, and the next day Kayla Clausen hit a two-run homer to finish a 9-1, mercy-rule win over Stanford in the sixth inning.
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