Broncos, Bulldogs Battle For MW Lead
March 23, 2017
Boise State (20-7, 2-1 MW) at Fresno State (20-10, 2-1 MW)
March 26 - 12 p.m. MT
BOISE, Idaho - Boise State (20-7, 2-1 MW) heads to the San Joaquin Valley for a crucial early-season series at Fresno State (20-10, 2-1 MW). The Broncos and Bulldogs, both 2-1 after the opening weekend of conference play, face off with a chance to take early control of the Mountain West.
About The Opposition
The Bulldogs, which spent time in the top 25 early in the season, are led by the bats of Morgan Howe (.471, 33 hits, three HRs, 27 RBIs) and Miranda Rohleder (.354, five doubles, 13 RBIs) in an offense batting .300 for the season.
In the circle, Kamalani Dung is 13-6 with a 2.61 ERA and 89 strikeouts while Savannah McHellon is 3-3 with a 3.84 ERA.
Fresno State leads the all-time series against Boise State, 19-6, and has won six in a row against the Broncos.
Last Time Out
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.
At Montana, the Broncos used four-straight two-out singles in the top of the seventh from Izzy Serrano, Cassidy Edwards, Jessica McKay and Shaelee Pearson to overcome a 3-2 deficit and earn the 4-3 win. The Broncos then dropped the second game, 3-1.
Among The National Leaders
Through March 22, Boise State ranked in the national top 25 in batting (.348, ninth), runs per game (6.96, 11th), slugging percentage (.515, 15th), doubles per game (1.63, 22nd), on-base percentage (.412, 23rd) and stolen bases per game (1.96, 24th).
Individually, Rebekah Cervantes is 23rd in the country in batting (.467), 10th in runs per game (1.19), 11th in on-base percentage (.571), 12th in RBIs (33) and 25th in slugging percentage (.827).
In the circle, freshman Kelsey Broadus ranks sixth in the country with three saves and 14th in strikeouts per seven innings pitched (10.1).
Boise State Opens Mountain West Play With Series Win
Sullivan Swinging For The Fences
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.
At Montana, Sullivan went a combined 3-for-5 with two doubles and three RBIs in the doubleheader split with the Griz.
On the year, Sullivan leads the Broncos with seven home runs, and is second on the team with 30 RBIs and a .792 slugging percentage.
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