Broncos Aim To Bust Out UNLV
April 6, 2017

Boise State (22-11, 4-5 MW) at UNLV (19-15, 2-4 MW)
Eller Media Stadium | Las Vegas, Nev.

Friday (April 7) - 5 p.m. MT (WATCH LIVE)

Saturday (April 8) - 5 p.m. MT

Sunday (April 9) - 1 p.m. MT (WATCH LIVE)

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BOISE, Idaho - Boise State (22-11, 4-5 MW) heads out to the bright lights of Las Vegas this weekend to face UNLV (19-15, 2-4 MW) for a three-game series. Friday’s opener and Saturday’s contest are each set for 5 p.m. MT starts, while Sunday’s finale is scheduled for 1 p.m. MT.

About The Opposition
UNLV (19-15, 2-4 MW) comes into this weekend looking for its first series win of the conference season, having dropped two of three to Utah State and New Mexico so far. The Rebels had a conference by last weekend, but were swept in a two-game series at Oregon State.

Brianna Gatlin leads the Rebels at the plate, batting .333 with nine doubles, two triples, two homers and 14 RBIs, while Myranda Bueno is batting .329 with 10 RBIs.

In the circle, Morgan Ettinger is 12-9 with a 3.25 ERA and 78 strikeouts.

UNLV leads the overall series against the Broncos, 9-8, although the Broncos captured two of three from the Rebels in last year’s series at Dona Larsen Park.

Last Time Out
Boise State dropped two of three to Mountain West leader Utah State at Dona Larsen Park last weekend, averting a sweep by capturing Sunday’s finale, 4-2.

The Broncos fell, 4-1, in Friday’s opener, then made nine errors in Saturday’s 7-3 loss. But they bounced back Sunday, as freshman pitcher Kelsey Broadus limited the Aggies to just three hits and struck out 10 to improve to 5-0 on the year.

Senior Izzy Serrano batted .600 (6-for-10) over the weekend, while Rebekah Cervantes went 4-for-9 (.444) with her seventh home run of the season, and freshman Micaela Leal hit her first collegiate homer Saturday.

Among The National Leaders
Boise State has produced some big numbers on both offense and defense, and gotten the Broncos among the national leaders in numerous categories.

Through March 26, Boise State ranked in the national top 25 in double plays per game (0.48, 20th), batting (.323, 22nd) and runs per game (6.06, 25th).

Individually, Rebekah Cervantes is 21st in runs per game (1.09), 23rd in on-base percentage (.534) and 24th in RBIs (37).

In the circle, freshman Kelsey Broadus ranks 12th in the country with three saves and 14th in strikeouts per seven innings pitched (9.8) and hits allowed per seven innings (3.75).

Just Two Back Of The Leaders
Despite dropping two of three in each of its last two conference series, Boise State still remains very much in the Mountain West title picture. The Broncos are just two games back of top of the table Utah State (6-3) with 15 games still to play.

Serrano Swings Away
Senior Izzy Serrano, one of just two four-year players on the Bronco roster (pitcher Mackenzie McGill is the other), has been a boon for the Bronco offense during conference play.

Through the first nine games of Mountain West play, Serrano is second on the team in batting (.321), hits (nine) and doubles (two). This past weekend against Utah State, she led the team with six hits, batting .600 against the Aggies and starting both scoring rallies in Sunday’s 4-2 win.

Broadus Saves Broncos From A Sweep, Again
Freshman Kelsey Broadus has now saved the Broncos from a weekend sweep on consecutive weekends, after her 4-2 victory Sunday over Utah State.

Two weekends ago, Broadus tossed 6.1 innings of scoreless relief against two-tiume defending champion Fresno State, striking out six while earning the win in March 26’s 2-1, nine-inning victory.

This past Sunday, Broadus went the distance against Utah State, allowing just three hits and striking out 10 in Boise State’s 4-2 win.

On the year, Broadus is 5-0 with a 1.80 ERA and leads the Broncos with 65 strikeouts over 18 appearances (four starts). She also ranks second in the conference with three saves, while opponents this season are hitting just .157 against her.

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