Broncos At Montana For Doubleheader
March 20, 2017

Boise State (19-6) at Montana (14-15)
March 21, 2017
Grizzly Softball Field | Missoula, Mont.

Game 1 - 12 p.m. MT
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Game 2 - Approx. 2:30 p.m. MT
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BOISE, Idaho - Boise State (19-6) heads to Missoula for a midweek doubleheader at Montana (14-15) Tuesday. The first game of the twinbill is set for a noon start, with the second game set to commence approximately 25-30 minutes after the conclusion of the opener.

About The Opposition
Montana (14-15) enters Tuesday’s doubleheader on a hot streak, having won four in a row and six of its last seven. The Griz just completed a 5-1 showing at the Griz Classic in Missoula, going 3-0 against Seattle University and 2-1 against Maine.

The Griz are led at the plate by Delene Colburn, who is batting .381 with 10 doubles, seven home runs and 27 RBIs, while Bethany Olea leads the team in batting at .402 and with 35 hits and 11 doubles. In the circle, Michaela Hood is 5-2 with a 2.85 ERA and 49 strikeouts.

Boise State has won both all-time meetings with Montana, beating the Griz, 4-3, in eight innings in 2015, and taking a 6-5 decision last year. Tuesday’s doubleheader will be Boise State’s first trip to Missoula.

Last Time Out
Boise State opened Mountain West play 2-1 by taking the opening series of conference play against Colorado State at Dona Larsen Park.

The Broncos and Rams split Friday’s doubleheader, with Boise State taking the opener, 10-3, and the Rams earning the split with a 9-4 win in the nightcap. Boise State came back to take the rubber game Saturday, 8-5.

Junior Makenzie Sullivan batted .400 for the weekend and led the Broncos with two home runs and six RBIs, with both homers coming in the opener. Rebekah Cervantes also had four hits and added a double with four runs batted in.

In the circle, Christina Washington picked up her 10th win of the season in the opener, and Paige Reimann got her fourth win, grabbing the decision in relief Saturday.

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 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 (.353, seventh), runs per game (7.32, seventh), slugging percentage (.531, 12th), stolen bases per game (2.08, 20th), doubles per game (1.68, 13th) and on-base percentage (.418, 20th).

Individually, Rebekah Cervantes is 18th in the country in batting (.479), fourth in runs per game (1.24), 11th in RBIs (33) and on-base percentage (.576), and 27th in slugging percentage (.859).

In the circle, freshman Kelsey Broadus ranks 16th in the country in strikeouts per seven innings pitched (9.9).

Boise State Opens Mountain West Play With Series Win
Boise State’s series win over Colorado State this past weekend was its first in the opening series of conference play since 2014. The Broncos are now 3-3 in its opening series of Mountain West play since its first season in the conference (2012). Boise State has also captured the conference series against Colorado State in each of the last three years.

Sullivan Swinging For The Fences
Junior first baseman Makenzie Sullivan has been swinging a hot bat entering conference play, and continued against Colorado State, hitting a pair of homers and driving in six runs in the series win.

Sullivan knocked both of her homers in the opener, a 10-3 Bronco win, driving in five runs. She added an RBI double in the second game. On the year, Sullivan leads the Broncos with seven home runs, and is second on the team with 27 RBIs and a .778 slugging percentage.


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