Broncos Continue WAC Play In San Jose
WHAT’S ON DECK:  The Boise State softball team will head to San Jose, Calif. this weekend for a three-game WAC series with San Jose State. The two rivals will play one game on Apr. 3 at 4 p.m. (MT) and a doubleheader on Apr. 4 with the first game scheduled for 1 p.m. (MT). The Broncos are coming off a sweep from Louisiana Tech and are currently on a four game skid while the Spartans have won four of their last five, including two out of three from Utah State.

ABOUT SAN JOSE STATE:  The Spartans (15-23, 2-4) will be hosting a WAC-series for the second consecutive weekend. Last weekend, the Spartans took two of three from Utah State after getting swept in Fresno to open WAC play. With a .309 on-base percentage and a .236 batting average, the Spartans are sixth in the WAC when at the plate. Once a Spartan gets on base, the wheels are in motion as the Spartans are second in the WAC with 38 stolen bases in 49 attempts. Sarah Taylor leads the way in this category with 13 stolen bases in 15 attempts, ranking second in the WAC. The speedy Taylor is also second in the WAC with four triples on the year. The Spartans have earned their 105 runs off speed as they are eighth in the WAC with only five home runs. In the circle, the Spartans are fifth in the WAC with a 3.11 team ERA. Amanda Pridemore is the ace of the staff with a 2.51 ERA and 6-6 record and two saves. Despite an 0-2 record in conference play, Elyssa Fox has a 1.27 ERA in 11 innings pitched. The Spartans have played to low scoring games in WAC play through their first six games with a .174 team batting average and a 2.03 team ERA. The Spartans and their opponents have combined for only 30 runs through six WAC-games.

BRONCOS ON THE ROAD:  It’s back to life on the road for the Broncos after a disappointing sweep at the hands of Louisiana Tech last weekend. The Broncos are 6-4 on the road this year after a 5-3 trip through the state of Utah a couple weeks ago, including a three-game sweep of Utah State.

SLUMP BUSTER: That’s what the Broncos will be looking for as they head back out on the road. The young team is currently in its longest losing streak of the year at four games. During the last four games, the Broncos have hit just .202 and have been outscored 28-14. In the previous six games (all on the road), the Broncos had outscored their opponents 42-24 and hit .297 while having a 2.73 ERA. Coach Thorpe and the Broncos will look to reestablish that dominance when they head back to San Jose this weekend.

 BETTER WITH THE BASES JUICED: The more runners on base, the better the Broncos hit. With the bases empty, the Broncos have a .247 batting average. However, with runners on base, that average skyrockets to .323. With the bases loaded, the Broncos are hitting even better at .333. With runners in scoring position, the Broncos are hitting .334.

TURNING TWO:  The Broncos are one of the best teams in the nation at turning the double play. The season is about halfway over and with an average of 0.5 double plays per game, the Broncos rank 13th in the nation. The Broncos also rank 36th in the nation in scoring at 5.2 runs per game and 65th in batting average with a team average of .287.

ROAD WARRIORS: The Broncos are led by junior Kathy Cox in true away games with a .378 batting average, which is almost even with her season average of .375. Cox leads the team with 14 hits and 11 RBI on the road. She has also knocked out two of her six home runs in foreign stadiums. Jessi Hanna, Laeha Hill and Ashleigh Viers-Gordillo are all hitting above the .300 mark on the road as well.

WAC NOTABLES: After two weeks of WAC play, the Broncos still rank third in most offensive categories. The Broncos are third in the conference in batting average (.287), slugging percentage (.401), on-base percentage (.380), runs scored (156), hits (237) and RBI (141). The team also ranks fourth in home runs with 20, led by Christina Capobianco’s eight home runs that rank her fifth among WAC hitters. Kathy Cox is the only Bronco who remains in the top-10 in batting average with a .375 average, ranking her seventh among WAC hitters. Capobianco also ranks fourth in on-base percentage at .486 and is tied for second in the conference with 19 walks. As a team, the Broncos rank second in the conference with 4.27 strikeouts per game. Leaha Hill and Ashleigh Viers-Gordillo rank second with only 0.17 Ks per game and Cox is right behind them in fourth with 0.23 Ks per game.

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