Broncos Continue MW Season Against Aztecs
March 28, 2018

Boise State (21-10, 4-2 MW) vs San Diego State (9-21, 0-3 MW)
San Diego Calif. | SDSU Softball Stadium
March 29-30, 2018

March 29- 7 p.m. MT | Live Stats 
March 30- 7 p.m. MT | Live Stats 
March 31- 1 p.m. MT | Live Stats 

WEEKLY NOTES

BOISE, Idaho -- The Boise State softball team (21-10, 4-2 MW) will make the trip to San Diego, Calif. for a three-game series against San Diego State, March 30 – April 1. The Aztecs (9-21, 0-3 MW) were picked as the preseason favorite to win the conference by the Mountain West coaches, and have won the conference seven times since 2002.

SERIES HISTORY: Boise State trails the all-time series, 6-12 dating back to when the Broncos joined the Mountain West in 2012. The Aztecs have won four of the past five meetings, but the Broncos were able to steal game one of the series last year, with a 6-4 win at home (April 21, 2017).

SCOUTING REPORT: San Diego State is coming off a loss against San Diego on Tuesday, and were swept by San Jose State in their past appearance. It was only the second time San Diego State has ever been swept in a three-game Mountain West series, as the Spartans outscored the Aztecs, 20-4. The two teams have played six common opponents (Stanford, Northwestern, UC Riverside, North Dakota State, Long Beach State, San Jose State). Boise State went 3-6 against those schools, while the Aztecs went 1-9.

San Diego State is led in the circle by Alex Formby, who has struck out 55 batters in 83.2 innings with an ERA of 2.78 on the season. Katie Byrd is the team’s best bat with seven doubles in 95 at-bats this season, and is batting .305.

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. The Broncos are tied with Fresno State in winning percentage at .667.

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: 31 games into the season, Boise State has seen four freshman position players make at least 22 starts on the season. Alison Seng (28), Ashyln Adams (28), Justene Molina (24) and Halle Harger (23) 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).

 


» «