Broncos, Bulldogs Battle For MW Lead
March 23, 2017

Boise State (20-7, 2-1 MW) at Fresno State (20-10, 2-1 MW)
Margie Wright Diamond | Fresno, Calif.
March 24-26

March 24 - 7 p.m. MT
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March 25 - 7 p.m. MT
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March 26 - 12 p.m. MT
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    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
    Fresno State (20-10), two-time defending Mountain West champion, has won five of its last six heading into this weekend’s series, and last weekend opened its conference campaign by taking two of three from San Diego State.

    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
    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 then traveled to Missoula for a midweek doubleheader at Montana, splitting it on Tuesday.

    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.

    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
    Boise State has produced some big numbers on both offense and defense, and gotten the Broncos among the national leaders in numerous categories.

    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
    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.

    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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