Broncos, Rebels Clash This Weekend
April 7, 2016

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    BOISE, Idaho - Boise State (10-27, 2-7 MW) aims for back-to-back series wins for the first time since 2014 as it hosts UNLV (18-20, 2-7 MW) this weekend at Dona Larsen Park. The Broncos and Rebels open the three-game set Friday at 4 p.m. with Saturday’s contest set for a 2 p.m. first pitch and Sunday’s finale getting underway at noon.

    Boise State will honor its softball alumni this weekend, with special guests set to throw out the first pitch at each of the three games. Allie Crump will throw out Friday's first pitch, followed by Aubrey Zell on Saturday and Lela Work on Sunday.

    Admission to Saturday's game will be free in conjunction with the campus-wide Bronco Day festivities.

    About The Opposition
    UNLV (18-20, 2-7 MW) comes to Dona Larsen Park on a six-game slide after suffering consecutive sweeps from San Jose State and Utah State. The Rebels opened Mountain West play by taking two of three from San Diego State before dropping its next six.

    The Rebels are led at the plate by Alyssa Cordova (.368, eight doubles, two home runs, 17 RBI) and Janine Petmecky (.345, seven doubles, four home runs, 19 RBI), while in the circle, Kwyn Cooper is 7-8 with a team-best 3.17 ERA followed by Alyssa Batastini (5-6, 3.78, 32 strikeouts).

    UNLV leads the all-time series against Boise State, 6-8, and have captured six of the past seven meetings. Last year, the Rebels swept the Broncos in midweek action in Las Vegas.

    Last Time Out
    Boise State captured its first Mountain West series of the season this past weekend, taking two of three at Colorado State. It marked the second-straight season that the Broncos have won a series from the Rams.

    The series win was also Boise State’s first road series win since sweeping Utah State from April 22-23, 2014. The Broncos’ 7-6 win in the series opener in Fort Collins was also significant in that it ended both an 18-game conference road losing streak and a 12-game conference slide.

    In Fort Collins, the Broncos hit six home runs, led by a pair apiece from Rebekah Cervantes and Kayla Clausen while Corey Hendrickson and Morgan Lamb each had one. Lamb led the Broncos with a .600 average and six hits over the series, adding two doubles and six RBI. Cervantes led the Broncos with eight RBI.

    The Broncos scored 30 runs over the three games, scoring seven times in each of the first two games (7-6 win, 8-7 loss) before going for 16 in a 16-15 series-clinching win Saturday.

    Cervantes Closes A Powerful Week
    Freshman shortstop Rebekah Cervantes has been on fire since the start of conference play, batting .571 with 16 hits, three doubles, five home runs, 18 RBI and a 1.214 slugging percentage over the first nine games.

    Last week against Fresno State and Colorado State, Cervantes batted .526 (10-for-19) with five homers, a double, 15 RBI and a 1.368 slugging percentage. Against the 25th-ranked Bulldogs, Cervantes batted .875 (7-for-8) with three homers and seven RBI, then hit a pair of homers and drove in eight runs in the weekend series victory at Colorado State.

    Lamb Heats Up
    Another Bronco freshman, catcher Morgan Lamb, also had a strong week against Fresno State and Colorado State, batting a team-best .556 (10-for-18) with four doubles, three homers, eight RBI and a 1.278 slugging percentage.

    Lamb paced the Broncos with a .600 batting average (6-for-10) during the seres win against Colorado State, hitting a home run and driving in six runs.

    Over nine conference games, Lamb is batting .478 with three homers, a team-leading five doubles, nine RBI and a 1.087 slugging percentage.

    Sorokina Bouncing Back
    Junior outfielder/third baseman Tatiana Sorokina has been building back up after a slow start to the season, batting .357 (9-for-25) since the start of conference season.

    Sorokina scored seven times at Colorado State, and her conference performance at the plate has raised her season batting average up to .250.

    Veterans Leading, Producing
    It’s not only Boise State’s freshmen racking up the stats lately, as the Bronco veteran leadership has been producing their share as well.

    Seniors Kayla Clausen and Teauna Hughes each have two home runs in conference play, with Hughes adding a pair of doubles and seven RBI. Clausen, with five runs scored, has also added a pair of stolen bases to help fuel the Bronco offense.

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