WHAT'S ON DECK: After two weeks at home, the Boise State softball team is heading to California for a pair of doubleheaders at Sacramento State on Tuesday and Pacific on Wednesday. The Broncos are riding a five-game winning streak as they face both opponents for the first time this week.
ABOUT SACRAMENTO STATE: The Hornets bring a 9-22 record to the field when they meet the Broncos for the first time on Tuesday. Erin Jones leads the way for the Hornet offense with a .356 batting average and 17 RBI. Jones also has three home runs, which is second on the team to Alyssa Nakken. Nakken is one of three Hornets to play in all 31 games so far. She is hitting .343 and has four of the Hornets 10 homers on the year. The Hornets have only scored 97 runs as a team, averaging just over three runs per game. The Hornets pitching staff counters the low run total with a 3.88 ERA on the year. Shelby Voelz has eaten up most of the innings with 93.1 this year and a 3.67 ERA. She owns a 4-13 record and has a team-high 59 strikeouts. Jacquely Serrano leads the staff with a 3.08 ERA in seven starts and has a 2-4 record. While the Hornets have hit just nine homers, the pitchers have limited opponents to nine round-trippers in 31 games.
ABOUT PACIFIC: The Tigers hold a familiar 11-17 record and are 5-1 on their home turf. Lindsey Price leads the team with a .418 average and two triples while also drawing 15 walks. As a team, the Tigers are hitting .266 but have hit just eight home runs and scored only 82 runs. Eight Tigers have started all 28 games this year but Megan Hom is the only other Tiger hitting above .300 with a .349 batting average. In the circle, Gabby McDaniel, Shaina Brock and Nikki Armagost have split time for the Tigers. Armagost and Brock have four wins on the year and McDaniel has three despite leading the squad with 67 inning pitched. Armagost holds the top ERA with a 2.35 ERA in eight starts and 12 appearances. While the offense has hit only eight homers, the Tiger pitching staff has given up 23 homers despite holding opponents to a .241 bating average.
COX NAMED WAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK: For her efforts in the Broncos series sweep over New Mexico State, Kathy Cox was named the Hitter of the Week for the Western Athletic Conference. Cox hit .467 in five games last week, including four homer and six RBI. She also set the Boise State single season record with her 12th home run of the year.
UNDEFEATED IN WAC...AGAIN: For the second consecutive year, the Broncos opened up their WAC season with a series sweep. Last year, the Broncos took down Utah State in all three games in Logan to win their first three WAC games in program history. This year, New Mexico State fell victim to the Bronco charge in Boise as the Broncos jumped out to a 3-0 record. The series sweep of Utah State proved to be vital in making the WAC Tournament in 2009. The series sweep of New Mexico State to open WAC this year may prove to be of equal importance as the 2010 season unfolds.
HOME FIELD BREAKTHROUGH: With an 8-2 win over the Aggies to open the 2010 WAC season in the first game of a doubleheader, the Broncos earned their first-ever home win against a WAC team. In 2009, the Broncos were 0-8 at home against WAC teams with Louisiana Tech, Nevada and Fresno State all sweeping the season series. A 6-4 win later that day clinched the series for the Broncos over the Aggies and gave the Broncos their first-ever WAC series win in Mountain Cove.
DOMINATING THE CIRCLE: The Bronco pitching staff dominated all three games in the series against New Mexico State. The Bronco pitchers held the Aggies to a .263 batting average and allowed only seven runs in three games. That's not a bad feat considering the Aggies entered the weekend with a .346 team batting average that ranked fourth in the nation as well as averaging 7.08 runs per game, which ranks tenth in the nation. The Bronco pitching staff held a 1.67 ERA over the weekend and lowered the team ERA to 4.62.
COX WRITING THE RECORD BOOKS: Senior Kathy Cox has etched her name atop the record book in yet another category with three more homers against New Mexico State last weekend. Cox broke the single season record for homers that she set last year with Christina Capobianco. Both players had 11 homers in the 2009 inaugural campaign. With her 12 round-trippers, Cox now has 23 career home runs, which also is the best in the Broncos short history.
CRUMP ON TOP OF HER GAME: Sophomore Allie Crump has been on fire as of late, winning her last four straight decisions. The Broncos hurler limited the high-powered New Mexico State offense to just three runs (two earned) in two complete games. Crump lowered her ERA to a team-leading 3.56 and leads the team with 65 Ks on the year.BUCKING THE ROAD BLUES: The two-week stay at home was just what the Broncos needed as the put together a 7-3 record in Mountain Cove and are riding a five-game win streak. The Broncos will need to capture that momentum as they hit the road again for seven road games this week. The Broncos are currently 0-9 in true road games. The Broncos will look for the first road win on Tuesday in Sacramento and continue to look for wins in Stockton on Wednesday. . The Broncos and Aggies will play a doubleheader on Saturday with the first pitch set for 1 p.m. and play the third game of the series at 1 p.m. on Sunday.