Boise State Takes On The Wolf Pack
April 9, 2015
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BOISE, Idaho - Boise State (8-31, 0-9 MW) returns home to Dona Larsen Park, where it seeks its first Mountain West win as it hosts Nevada (12-26, 2-7 MW) for a three-game set. The Broncos and Wolf Pack begin the series Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. MT, with Saturday's contest set for a 2:30 p.m. MT start and Sunday's finale scheduled for a noon MT first pitch.
After being swept in the first series in 2009, Boise State has gone on to win each of the next four series between the schools, going 10-2 over those 12 meetings. Last year, the Broncos swept the Wolf Pack in Reno from April 11-13.
The Wolf Pack is led by the hitting of Megan Sweet (.402, nine doubles, six HR, 38 RBI), Karley Hopkins (.364, 11 doubles, 22 RBI) and Jasmine Jenkins (.347, three doubles, three HR, 22 RBI).
In the circle, Nevada uses a rotation of three: McKenna Isenberg (5-10, 4.11 ERA), Megan Dortch (3-7, 5.32 ERA) and Chase Redington (4-9, 6.25 ERA).
Last Series Outing
The Bronco offense enjoyed one of its best series of the season, hitting a combined .293 with six doubles, four home runs and scoring 25 runs. Devon Bridges went 5-for-11 (.455) with pair of home runs and drove in nine runs over the three games, while fellow senior Jordan Kreiger batted .500 (5-for-10) with a pair of doubles and a team-best .643 on-base percentage during the series. Junior Izzy Serrano also batted .500, going 3-for-6 with three RBI while Kayla Clausen and Teauna Hughes each homered.
Bridges Becomes Boise State's Career Hits Leader
Bridges entered the series two hits behind Glover, but tied her with a hit in each game of Tuesday's doubleheader. Wednesday, Bridges got the record right away with a two-run single up the middle in the top of the first, and went on to go 3-for-5 in the game to up her record total to 219.
For the series, Bridges would go on to bat .455 (5-for-11), leading the Broncos with five hits, two home runs and nine RBI over the three games.
Kreiger Grabs A Record Of Her Own
Kreiger opened the series at 29 doubles, one behind Bourke. She pulled even with a double in Tuesday's opener, then passed Bourke with a sixth-inning double that ignited a three-run frame.
Kreiger Is An On-Base Machine
During conference play, Kreiger leads the Broncos with a .429 batting average and a .586 on-base percentage. After reaching base just twice in nine plate appearances against San Jose State, Kreiger has since put together an OBP of .750 and is batting .615 (8-for-13) with two doubles and five walks in addition to twice being hit by a pitch.
Serrano Coming Through
Serrano continued her strong play this past series against UNLV, batting .500 (3-for-6) with three RBI and an on-base percentage of .571. In Tuesday's nightcap, Serrano came off the bench and went 2-for-2 with a pair of RBI singles, the second of which put the Broncos in front, 9-6, in the sixth inning.
Her performance earned her a start in Wednesday's finale, and Serrano kept it up, going 1-for-3 with another RBI single and a walk.
Through nine games of the Mountain West season, Serrano is the Broncos' third-leading hitter, batting .385 with three RBI and has an on-base percentage of .500, being one of just three Bronco players to have reached base in at least half of their plate appearances (Jordan Kreiger and Ariel Frantz are the others).
Hughes And Ketelsleger Produce
Building off of her weekend against San Diego State in which she hit .625, Ketelsleger batted .333 (4-for-12) in Vegas, including a 2-for-4, two-RBI performance in Tuesday's nightcap, and a 2-for-5 effort with a double in Wednesday's finale.
Hughes, meanwhile, had been mired in an 0-for-18 slump before smacking an opposite-field homer, her third of the season, in the second inning of Tuesday's nightcap. That homer would begin a stretch of Hughes going 4-for-7 with a double, home run and two RBI over the final two games of the series at UNLV.
Bridges Cements Her Legacy
After getting her record-setting 217th career hit Wednesday, Bridges is now Boise State's all-time leader in seven offensive categories: hits (217), home runs (48), RBI (175), total bases (392), walks (105), slugging percentage (.662) and on-base percentage (.471). She also sits second with a career batting average of .370. With 15 games remaining in the season, Bridges is within range of a few more Boise State career records, all held by Holly Bourke (2010-13). Bridges needs just to play in nine more games, start six more, and get 34 more at-bats to pass Bourke's Boise State career marks of 217 games played, 211 games started and 625 at-bats, respectively.
Already this season Bridges has twice matched the Boise State single-game record of four hits. She first pulled off the feat Feb. 8 at North Texas, then again against Portland State Feb. 14. Bridges now has three four-hit games in her career, matching Tara Glover (2012-14) for the most four-hit games as a Bronco.
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