Broncos Head To Colorado State For Three
March 31, 2016

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    BOISE, Idaho - Boise State (8-26, 0-6 MW) wraps up its conference-opening stretch of nine game in 10 days with a trip to Fort Collins for three games at Colorado State (14-12, 0-0 MW). Friday’s doubleheader will begin at 2 p.m. with the second game set for a 4:45 p.m. start, while Satuday’s finale will get underway at noon. All three games will be streamed live on the Mountain West Network at http://www.themw.com/watch-live.

    Finishing The Gauntlet
    This weekend’s trip to Fort Collins completes a gauntlet of a stretch for the Broncos in which they’ll play their first nine conference games over a span of 10 days. After a three-game set last Thursday-Saturday at Nevada, the Broncos jumped immediately into a midweek conference series at home against Fresno State on Tuesday-Wednesday. Now, the Broncos complete the stretch with three games over Friday and Saturday against Colorado State.

    About The Opposition
    Colorado State (14-12) will play its first Mountain West contests this weekend after having its first two scheduled series snowed out. The Rams were supposed to host San Jose State from March 24-26 then play a midweek series at Utah State this past Tuesday-Wednesday, but snowy conditions postponed each series.

    This weekend’s series with the Broncos was originally scheduled to be a standard Friday-Sunday set, but with the ned to make up conference games, it has been adjusted to a Friday doubleheader and a Saturday finale with San Jose State coming to town for a Sunday-Monday series.

    The Rams are led by the play of Hale Hutton (.432, 35 hits, five triples, 25 runs) and Savannah Clark (.302, three home runs, 17 RBI) at the plate, while in the circle, Holly Reinke is 9-5 with a 2.41 ERA and 61 strikeouts.

    Colorado State leads the all-time series with the Broncos, 8-5, although the Broncos captured last year’s series with a pair of wins at Dona Larsen Park. Boise State is 1-5 all-time against the Rams in Fort Collins.

    Last Time Out
    Boise State is still in search of its first conference win of 2015 after suffering a three-game sweep at the hands of No. 25/- Fresno State at Dona Larsen Park.

    The Bulldogs battered the Bronco pitching, hitting .479 with seven home runs and outscoring the Broncos 49-14 over the three games.

    All three games ended early via the mercy rule, with Fresno State finishing the opener, 17-8 in five innings, before closing the doubleheader with a 14-4, six-inning win. The finale ended 18-2 in five innings in the Bulldogs’ favor.

    Despite the sweep, Boise State did have some bright spots as freshman Rebekah Cervantes continued her sizzling start to conference play, batting .875 (7-for-8) with three home runs, seven RBI and four runs scored in the series. Fellow rookie Morgan Lamb batted .500 with all four of her hits going for extra bases (two doubles, two home runs). Sophomore Kaelie Doyle also got in on the power show, hitting the first home run of her career in the series opener.

    Cervantes Lighting It Up In MW Play
    Freshman shortstop Rebekah Cervantes has begun her first season of Mountain West play with quite a bang, batting .765 (13-for-17) with three homers, two doubles and 10 RBI over the first six conference games.

    Cervantes hit all three of those homers against Fresno State this week, including a two-homer game on the back end of Tuesday’s doubleheader. Her hitting has also put her conference slugging percentage at an eye-popping 1.412.

    This hot start has propelled her into the Boise State season lead in batting (.371), hits (33), runs scored (19), and a tie for the lead in home runs (six).

    Steps In As Lamb, Sends It Out Like A Lion
    Freshman catcher Morgan Lamb also had a strong series against Fresno State, going 4-for-8 (.500) with two doubles, two homers and four runs scored.

    Lamb, who is now third on the team with a .328 batting average, is tied for the team lead in doubles with seven, and is batting .385 (5-for-13) in conference play.

    (O’)Doyle Rules
    Sophomore outfielder Kaelie Doyle, used primarily as a pinch-runner and late-inning defensive replacement in the outfield over the first year and a half of her Bronco career, got the chance to swing the bat this weekend and made the most of it.

    Doyle, who was 0-for-6 at the plate in her collegiate career entering the series, hit the first home run of her Boise State career late in Tuesday’s opener, then followed with a 1-for-2 showing Wednesday as she made the first start of her collegiae career.


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