MW Play Starts at Home Against Fresno State

March 20, 2014

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Boise State softball closes its first homestand of the season with the first Mountain West series of the year. The Broncos welcome Fresno State to Dona Larsen Park Friday through Sunday, with one game each day.

The Broncos and Bulldogs will face off Friday and Saturday at 3 p.m. (MT), before closing the series Sunday at 1 p.m. (MT). This is the first weekend of conference play across the Mountain West.

The Last Meeting
Boise State1
Fresno State3
April 14, 2013
Fresno, Calif.
Broncos Fall 3-1, Suffer Sweep at Fresno State
Boise State left the bases loaded in the seventh inning in a 3-1 loss Sunday, against Fresno State. The Broncos outhit the Bulldogs 8-5 in the series finale but could not avoid being swept.

Live video and live stats will be available for each game. Both are free and both are compatible with mobile devices. Check the schedule page at BroncoSports.com for more information.

Game Day Info
Tickets:
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.

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.

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. Most of the Broncos' road games during Mountain West play will be available the same way.
About the Broncos
Boise State softball enters Mountain West play with a 15-12 record and having won eight of its last 10 games. The senior class leads the charge, as Rebecca Patton has factored in all 15 winning decisions (13 wins and two saves) and Mackenzie Whyte is hitting .392.
 
Fresno State Scouting Report
Pitching
The Bulldogs lean on a stable of sophomore arms. Kylie Shae Aldridge, Jill Compton, Hannah Harris and Taylor Langdon have all started games in the circle this season and have all had a hand in a shutout. The staff ERA of 2.76 ranks second in the MW and No. 68 nationally. Compton has seen the most action, compiling a 10-4 record in 16 games (14 starts) with a 1.93 ERA and four shutouts. Langdon has appeared in 12 games and ranks second in the country with four saves.Aldridge has a 1.15 ERA in 18.1 innings of work, and just two starts. Yet one of those starts was a shutout win against then-No. 6 Washington. The Bulldogs have six shutouts this season and have held opponents to one run or fewer in four of the last seven outings.

Hitting
Speedy outfielder Brenna Moss leads the Bulldogs with 28 hits and a .341 batting average. Brazil, who is 11-for-15 on steal attempts, is the only one in the Fresno State lineup hitting better than .300. Vonnie Martin is just off the pace, hitting .290. Martin, an All-MW selection last season, is arguably the most feared hitter in the Bulldog order. She has three home runs and has drawn 24 walks on the season. Stesha Brazil leads the team with a .487 slugging percentage and has five of the team's 11 home runs. Fresno State is scoring 3.96 runs per game and have been shutout four times.

Season Outlook
Fresno State was picked to finish second in the Mountain West preseason coaches' poll. The Bulldogs tied for second last season and turned in a 34-20 record in head coach Trisha Ford's first season taking over for Hall of Fame coach Margie Wright. It was also Fresno State's first season in the Mountain West. The Bulldogs returned 17 letterwinners and seven starters from that squad, including sophomore pitchers Jill Compton, Hannah Harris and Taylor Langdon. Compton was a 2013 All-MW selection, as were Vonnie Martin, Paige Gumz and Brenna Moss. The quartet has lived up to the billing, leading Fresno State to a 15-10 record with wins against top-15 teams Washington and Nebraska. Those wins came on the same day (March 9), snapping a four-game losing streak. The Bulldogs have won five of seven since then, entering MW play.

All-Time Series History
Fresno State leads the all-time series 12-4. It is the most-played series in Boise State softball history. On top of five conference series (across two conferences), the Broncos and Bulldogs also met four times in the WAC Tournament. Nine of the all-time meetings have been decided by one run, including six in a row in 2010 and 2011. Three of the Broncos' wins came during a 2011 series sweep. Boise State became the first team to sweep a season series from Fresno State in WAC history. The Bulldogs joined the conference in 1993.

Off and Running
Boise State has 58 stolen bases through the first 27 games of the season. The Broncos are 58-of-71 on steal attempts. They stole 46 bases all of last season. The school record for steals in a season is 77, while the all-time MW record is 87. Mackenzie Whyte and Tara Glover are leading the charge with 17 steals each. Glover is no stranger to thievery, with a school-record 62 stolen bases in her Boise State career and 78 in her collegiate career. Whyte's emergence is less expected. She had 14 stolen bases in the first three years of her career, combined.

Grand Larceny in Vegas
Boise State set a school record with 11 stolen bases against UTEP (Feb. 15) at the Easton Desert Classic in Las Vegas. It is tied for 12th most in a single game in NCAA history according to the NCAA record book. Mackenzie Whyte led the charge with five steals herself, setting Boise State and Mountain West records. Whyte's five thefts are tied for sixth most in a single game in NCAA history. The Broncos' previous single-game record for a team was five steals. That mark was eclipsed again in the final game of the Desert Classic when Boise State swiped six bases against Utah Valley (Feb. 16).

Base Thief
Senior Tara Glover is 62-for-68 on stolen base attempts in her Boise State career, owning the school record for steals and stolen base percentage. She set the single-season record with 18 in 2012, before breaking it again last year when she went 27-of-28 on the base paths. Glover is 17-for-19 this season and recently saw her school-record streak of 24-straight successful steal attempts come to an end...Including her freshman year at Utah, Glover has stolen 78 bases, third in Mountain West history (she was a MW student-athlete while at Utah). Her 78 steals rank No. 13 in the country among active players.

Record Chaser
Senior Tara Glover has already put together a decorated career. Glover has the chance to become one of the most accomplished softball players in Mountain West history. Glover is the only Bronco to be playing her fourth season in the conference after spending her freshman year (2011) at Utah, the Utes' final season in the MW. All told, Glover is within reach of the all-time top-five lists for batting average, hits, runs, triples and stolen bases.

Hits
1. Angeline Quiocho 265
2. Jessuca Purcell-Fitu 250
2. Kelly Glass 250
4. Ianeta Le'i 246
5. Diana Phillips 245
... Tara Glover 239

Batting Average
1. Oli Keohohou .435
2. J.C. Clayton .402
3. Angeline Quiocho .382
4. Holly Schmillen .378
5. Christine Thomsen .377
... Tara Glover .372

Runs
1. Angeline Quiocho 215
2. Kristin Delahoussaye 198
3. Jaci Hull 192
4. Oli Keohohou 184
5. Caitlan Stem 162
... Tara Glover 152

Stolen Bases
1. Molly McLean 103
2. Kelly Glass 91
3. Tara Glover 78
4. Samantha Hughes 65
5. Janna Kovensky 58

Triples
1. Diana Phillips 14
2. Jennifer Whiteley 13
3. Lauren Watson-Perry 12
3. Kayla Jordan 12
5. Holly Schmillen 11
    Tara Glover 11

Long Homestand to Start
Boise State was scheduled to play 14-consecutive games at home. After a rain out last weekend, the 13-game homestand is still slated to be the longest in program history. A pair of home tournament are followed by the Mountain West opener.

Whyte Hot
Mackenzie Whyte had five-straight multi-hit games from March 8-14. Whyte has scored a run in 10-straight games and has 14 hits over that 10-game stretch. She is hitting .467 at home with three doubles, two homers, nine RBI and has drawn eight walks.

Among the Greats in the Game
Senior Devon Bridges has long been established as the most dangerous power hitter in Boise State history. Bridges has also made her mark on a national level. She is among the active career leaders in home runs and runs batted in. Entering this week, her 43 home runs are seventh-best nationally. Bridges' 153 RBI are tied for 14th-most in the country among active players. She is the top Mountain West student-athlete in both categories. Bridges also ranks 47th among the active leaders in hits with her 180. Teammate and classmate Tara Glover is even higher on the hits list, ranking No. 6 in the country for career hits among active leaders when including her freshman season at Utah (239 hits). Glover is No. 9 in runs scored (152), No. 13 in stolen bases (78).

Patton is the Decision Maker
Redshirt senior pitcher Rebecca Patton has been the workhorse for the Broncos. Patton has factored in the decision in all 15 of Boise State's wins. She has 13 victories and two saves, putting her in the top 20 nationally in wins (No. 12) and saves (No. 17). She is one of just four pitchers in the country to rank in the top 20 in wins and the top 50 in saves. Patton and North Carolina State's Emily Weiman are the  only pitchers in the country to factor in all of their team's winning decisions, on a team with at least 15 victories.

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