Boise State Travels to Portland
March 26, 2018

Boise State (19-10, 4-2 MW) vs Portland State (8-19, 1-2 Big Sky)
Gordon Faber Recreation Complex | Hillsboro, Ore.
March 27

Game 1- 1 p.m. MT | Live Stats
Game 2- 3 p.m. MT | Live Stats

WEEKLY NOTES

BOISE, Idaho -- The Boise State softball team (19-10, 4-2 MW) will take a brief hiatus from Mountain West play with a trip to Hillsboro, Ore. for a nonconference doubleheader against Portland State, March 27. The Vikings (8-19, 1-2 Big Sky) and Broncos will play a pair of games at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. (MT) at the Gordon Faber Recreation Complex.

SERIES HISTORY: Boise State holds a narrow, 6-5 advantage in the all-time series against Portland State. The Broncos split two games with the Vikings in the 2015 season, winning the second game, 9-3 (Feb. 27, 2015). This will be the third and fourth games the teams play in Oregon, with Boise State holding a 2-0 advantage after sweeping a doubleheader in the Emerald State (March 27, 2012).

SCOUTING REPORT: The Vikings have not shied away from scheduling some of the nation’s blue blood programs. Portland State has played four opponents ranked by the NFCA or USA Softball, losing all four games against those foes. The two teams have played two common foes – UTEP and Northwestern. The Broncos split two games against those two schools, while Portland State fell in doubleheaders against both the Miners and Wildcats.

Portland State is led by Alyssa Burk in the circle. The junior has pitched six complete games this season, and has 49 strikeouts in 61.0 innings. At the plate, the Vikings have hit 20 home runs this season, led by six from Kaela Morrow who is also batting .360 this season.

IN THE THICK OF IT: Boise State remains in the thick of the race for the Mountain West crown, stealing game three against the defending champions, San Jose State, this past weekend. The Spartans and Broncos entered the weekend tied for first in the league at 3-0. San Jose State won the first two games, but Boise State rallied for a nine-run fifth inning to run-rule the Spartans in game three, 10-2, to remain a game behind in the conference race.

CERVANTES NEARS RECORD: Only a junior, Rebekah Cervantes is three doubles away from setting the Boise State school record for doubles in a career. Cervantes has 11 on the season, and 33 in her career. Jordan Kreiger (2012-15) owns the school record with 35. Cervantes is also nearing her record for doubles in a season, at 15 (2017).

YOUTH MOVEMENT: 29 games into the season, Boise State has seen four freshman position players make at least 22 starts on the season. Alison Seng (26), Ashyln Adams (26), Justene Molina (23) and Halle Harger (22) have all contributed to Boise State’s impressive start to the season, with Seng ranking second on the team in batting average, and being named Mountain West Player of the Week (March 20) this season. Freshman pitcher Gianna Mancha also leads the team in wins this season with eight.

BRONCOS RISE IN RPI: The NCAA released the second RPI rankings of the season on Monday, March 26. The Broncos checked in at No. 76, their highest ranking in head coach Cindy Ball’s four years at the helm. Boise State ranks third in the Mountain West in RPI, behind San Jose State (No. 51) and Fresno State (No. 61).


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