Broncos, Spartans Battle for First
March 21, 2018

Boise State (18-8, 3-0 MW) vs San José State (19-9, 3-0 MW)
Boise, Idaho | Dona Larsen Park
March 23-25

Friday March 23- 4 p.m. MT | Live Stats | Live Stream
Saturday March 24- 4 p.m. MT | Live Stats | Live Stream
Sunday March 25- Noon MT | Live Stats | Live Stream

Game Notes

BOISE, Idaho – Boise State (18-8, 3-0 MW) will host reigning Mountain West champions San Jose State for a three-game series in the confines of Dona Larsen Park, March 23-25. The Broncos and Spartans (19-9, 3-0 MW) are the only teams who are undefeated in conference place this spring, with the winner of this weekend’s series taking control of first play in the Mountain West.

SERIES HISTORY: This will be the 23rd all-time meeting between Boise State and San Jose State, dating back to 2009. The Broncos trail the all-time series 9-14, and are riding a nine-game losing streak to the Spartans.

HISTORIC SWEEP: The Broncos are coming off a historic sweep of Utah State this past weekend. Boise State outscored the Aggies 41-14 (+27) on the weekend, the largest run-differential in a three-game series as members of the Mountain West (2012-present). This was the first time Boise State has opened conference play with a sweep since 2012, and only the fifth sweep as members of the Mountain West.

SO YOU’RE SAYING THERE’S A CHANCE?: In the second game of the series against Utah State, the Broncos found themselves trailing 7-2 as the team stepped to the plate in the top of the fifth inning. Boise State would explode for a school record 13 runs -- also tied for 26th on the NCAA Record Book -- to take a 15-7 lead. The Aggies were unable to score in the bottom inning, giving the Broncos a run-rule victory.

LIKE THE FOURTH OF JULY: Through the first 26 games of the season, the Broncos have been led by a dynamic offense that leads the conference in eight categories: batting average (.350), slugging percentage (.525), on-base percentage (.407), runs (176), hits (252), RBIs (153), doubles (46) and stolen bases (41). Boise State has hit in double figures for 13 games this season -- including their past six -- and scored in double-digits on seven occasions.

HIDE YOUR BASES: Junior outfield Kora Wade has been a menace running the bases this season for the Broncos. Wade is a perfect 20-for-20 on stolen base attempts, and her 0.77 stolen bases per game leads the Mountain West and is good for 17th nationally. Her 20 stolen bases -- only 26 games into the season -- is fourth on the single-season school record book. The school record is 36 by Tara Glover in the 2014 season.

BROADUS RETURNS TO FORM: After starting the season opening the season with a 3-3 record, sophomore Kelsey Broadus has begun to hit her stride over the past week. Broadus has struck out 25 batters over her past three games, and record the win in her past three starts to enter this weekend at 6-3 overall, with a 2.68 ERA.  

FIRST RPI RELEASED: The NCAA released the first RPI rankings of the season on Monday, March 19. Boise State rose by two spots from the end of 2017, and are ranked 85th according to RPI. The Broncos find themselves third in the conference in RPI, behind San Jose State (No. 45) and Fresno State (No. 62).

SENG NAMED MW PLAYER OF THE WEEK: After batting .800 on the week, freshman Alison Seng was named the Mountain West Player of the Week (March 20) for the first time in her career. Seng is the second Bronco to earn the honor this season (Kora Wade, March 6).

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