Home for Three Against the Rebels
April 3, 2014
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Boise State softball returns home for a three-game Mountain West series against UNLV. The Broncos will face the Rebels Friday (3 p.m. MT), Saturday (3 p.m. MT) and Sunday (1 p.m. MT) at Dona Larsen Park. UNLV enters the series tied for first in the MW, two games ahead of the Broncos.
Boise State has won each season series from the Rebels since joining the Mountain West. The Broncos swept UNLV the last time they visited Boise, in 2012. Boise State took two of three from the Rebels last season in Las Vegas. This will be UNLV's first trip to Dona Larsen Park.
Live video and live stats will be available for each game. Both are free and both are compatible with mobile devices. Check the schedule page at BroncoSports.com for more information.
Game Day Info
Tickets: Prices are $6 for adults and $4 for juniors (2-18) and seniors (62+). Boise State students receive free admission with a valid ID card. One ticket is valid all day. Bronco Sports Passes are also good for entry to all softball games all season.
Parking: Free parking will be available for softball patrons at two different locations, depending on the day. Parking Friday is in the Bronco Stadium East Lot and a continuous shuttle will be running to Dona Larsen Park. On Saturday and Sunday, parking will be available in the lot at the URS Building at 720 E Park Blvd. Parking at Dona Larsen Park will be on a first-come, first-served basis with a $5 cost.
MW Standings Tight Top to Bottom
All nine Mountain West teams enter the weekend within three games of each other in the standings. No team has created separation because road wins are hard to come by. Home teams are 20-4 through two weeks of conference play.
About the Broncos
Boise State softball enters Mountain West play with a 17-16 record after dropping three games at Colorado State. The senior class leads the charge, as Rebecca Patton has factored in all 17 winning decisions (15 wins and two saves) and Mackenzie Whyte is hitting .376.
UNLV Scouting Report
Amanda Oliveto is still pitching for UNLV. Oliveto is a senior, and one of the most experienced pitchers in the country. She has pitched in 146 games in her career, logging nearly 750 innings. Oliveto ranks in the top 10 nationally among active players in appearances (No. 8) and innings pitched (No. 10). She also ranks among the national career leaders in wins (59; No. 29) and strikeouts (567; No. 34). This season, Oliveto is 7-11 with two saves and a 3.61 ERA in 122 innings of work. She has kicked it into another gear in conference play. Oliveto has appeared in five MW games, compiling a 1.91 ERA and a 3-1 record with one save in 29.1 innings. The Rebel staff sports an identical ERA of 4.44 in overall games and Mountain West games. Morgan Ettinger and Alex Petrolia have each started one conference game.
Outfielder Stefany Valentino was an NFCA All-West Region Second Team selection in 2013 and is again leading the Rebels in 2014. Valentino is batting .384 on the season, one of four starters hitting better than .345 for UNLV. Valentino is seeking her third All-MW honor this season, and is hitting .579 through the first six games. Fellow outfielder Pauline Monreal is hitting .347 with team highs of nine home runs and 40 RBI (No. 9 in the NCAA). The Rebels hit .295 as a team and slug .439, including a MW-best 27 home runs.
UNLV was picked to finish seventh in the Mountain West preseason coaches' poll. The Rebels placed sixth last season with a 7-11 conference mark and turned in a 21-31 overall record in head coach Lisa Dodd's first season. The Rebels returned eight starters among 12 returning letterwinners from that squad, including four members of the 2013 All-MW Team. Oliveto and Valentino were joined by Tayler Van Acker and Emily Haslinger as all-conference honorees. The Rebels played nine games against top-25 teams in the early part of the season. They picked up a marquee win against then-No. 25 Texas and suffered narrow defeats against No. 7 Arizona in dropping a doubleheader by a combined three runs. UNLV opened MW play with a home sweep of in-state rival Nevada before going on the road and losing two of three at San Jose State.
All-Time Series History
Boise State leads the all-time series 5-3. The Broncos and Rebels met twice before Boise State joined the Mountain West, with UNLV winning both games. The Broncos turned the series in their favor quickly, sweeping a three-game series from UNLV in 2012. It was Boise State's first conference series as a member of the MW and put them in position to stay in the conference title race all the way until the last day of the season. The Broncos then took two of three in Las Vegas last year, winning the first two games. In the two series with UNLV, Tara Glover has 12 hits.
Watch It Live Online
The remainder of Boise State's home games will be streamed for free at BroncoSports.com, via the Mountain West Network. There is no cost to subscribe or watch as many live games as you want. The games will also be available as an archive almost immediately after their conclusions. Most of the Broncos' road games during Mountain West play will be available the same way.
Patton is the Decision Maker
Redshirt senior pitcher Rebecca Patton has been the workhorse for the Broncos. Patton has factored in the decision in all 17 of Boise State's wins. She has 15 victories and two saves, putting her in the top 30 nationally in wins (No. 11) and saves (No. 29). She is one of just four pitchers in the country to rank in the top 20 in wins and the top 50 in saves. Patton is the only pitcher in the country to factor in all of her team's winning decisions, on a team with at least 17 victories. Patton leads the Mountain West in appearances (27), starts (23) and innings pitched (148.0).
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