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Broncos Welcome No. 23 Nevada For Weekend Series

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WHAT’S ON DECK:  The conference season continues this weekend when the Boise State softball team hosts No. 23 Nevada at Mountain Cove for a three-game series on Friday and Saturday. The Broncos will look to snap out of their current slump, losing six of their last seven when they welcome the Wolf Pack into town. This also marks the first time the Broncos will tangle with a nationally ranked team.

ABOUT NEVADA:  The Wolf Pack will stroll into Mountain Cove alone on top of the WAC standings.  They have opened the conference season at 6-2 and sport an overall record of 26-11 with a game scheduled at UC Davis late Wednesday. Second team All-Region selection Katie Holverson leads the Wolf Pack in the circle with a 16-6 record and three complete game shutouts this season. Holverson owns the fifth best ERA in the WAC at 2.06. Freshman Mallary Darby has made an immediate impact in the circle with a 10-5 record and a 3.29 ERA. Holverson and Darby rank second and third in the WAC with 143 and 135 strikeouts, respectively. All-American Noelle Micka is one of seven starters hitting over .300 for the Wolf Pack and ranks second on the team with a .367 average. Brittany Puzey leads the team and ranks fourth in the WAC with a .396 average. She also ranks third in the WAC with 36 RBI and fourth with nine home runs. As a team, Nevada ranks second in the conference in team batting average at .323 and in team ERA at 2.63.

SNAPPING THE STREAK:  The Broncos ended their five game losing skid with a win over San Jose State, but still find themselves in a bit of a slump. Over the past seven games, the Broncos are 1-2 with a .192 team batting average and 6.35 team ERA. Kathy Cox and Laurel Wyatt seem to be immune from the slump as there are hitting .444 and .316, respectively, over the past seven games. The pair have combined for six of the Broncos 20 runs, 14 of the team’s 34 hits, three of five homers and seven of 16 RBI.

NO BETTER PLACE THAN HOME:  There won’t be a better time and place to break out of the slump than against the Wolf Pack. Despite losing their last three games at home, the Broncos own a .320 batting average in Mountain Cove and have outscored opponents 56-37 in ten games in the friendly confines. Two Broncos, Cox and Christina Capobianco, are hitting over .500 at home and two more, Laurel Wyatt and Laeha Hill, are hitting well above .300. Allie Crump owns a team-best 1.46 ERA in Mountain Cove to lead a staff ERA of 2.40.

BRONCOS VS. POSTSEASON TEAMS: With the pair of losses to Louisiana Tech, the Broncos fell to 1-4 against teams that made the postseason in 2008. In San Diego, the Broncos split a pair of games with Long Beach State for the only win. The Broncos also lost to BYU in Provo, Utah. Nevada will be the second postseason team to challenge the Broncos in Boise, and are poised to a 2009 postseason selection as well.

BRONCOS vs. TOP-25:  So far, the weather has not permitted the Broncos to face a nationally-ranked team. Both games against California and Washington were canceled due to weather and Long Beach State dropped out of the national polls the week before taking on the Broncos in San Diego. The Broncos will finally get a crack at a top-25 team with the three game series against No. 23 Nevada this weekend.

TAKING IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL:  Kathy Cox has been on a tear through her first year in Division I softball. After a very successful junior college campaign, the junior is hitting .381 with six home runs and a team-leading 26 RBI. She also leads the team with 40 hits and 25 runs scored. On top of that, the third baseman also stole the first base of her career in San Jose last weekend. Cox also leads the Bronco offense with 10 multiple-hit games and nine multi-RBI games.