Wolf Pack Awaits in Reno

April 10, 2014

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Boise State softball hits the road again for a three-game series at Nevada. The Broncos will face the Wolf Pack Friday (4 p.m. PT), Saturday (1 p.m. PT) and Sunday (1 p.m. PT) at Hixson Park in Reno, Nev. The teams enter the series tied in the Mountain West standings at 3-6.

Boise State has won nine of the last 10 meetings with Nevada. The Broncos took the series with two wins last season at Dona Larsen Park in the final weekend of the year. They won the final five games against the Wolf Pack as members of the WAC and two nonconference games in 2012.

The Last Meeting
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May 11, 2013
Dona Larsen Park
Thrilling Victory Ends Season on a High Note
Boise State used back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to come from behind and win its season finale 7-6 against Nevada Saturday, at Dona Larsen Park. Senior Lela Work tied the game with her third homer of the year and two pitches later Jordan Kreiger put the Broncos on top with her third blast of the season. Boise State (25-26-1, 9-9 MW) hit five home runs as a team in the game.

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Road to Reno
Boise State will be playing in Reno, Nev., for just the second time in program history, despite having already hosted the Wolf Pack three times as a conference opponent. The previous trip to The Biggest Little City in the World ended with the Broncos taking two games and the series in the final regular-season series of 2010. Boise State lost 9-8 in nine innings before winning 8-1 and 11-0.

MW Standings Overview
All nine Mountain West teams enter the weekend within 4.5 games of each other in the standings. San Diego State leads with a 5-1 record, but travels to second-place Fresno State (6-3) this weekend. UNLV is tied for second (6-3) and hosts Colorado State (3-3; fifth). San Jose State (4-2) is alone in fourth and hosts last-place New Mexico (2-7), who has already defeated the Aztecs and Bulldogs once each. Sixth-place Utah State (4-5) is off this weekend.

About the Broncos
Boise State softball enters Mountain West play with a 18-18 record after dropping two out of three from UNLV in Boise. The senior class leads the charge, as Rebecca Patton has factored in all 18 winning decisions (16 wins and two saves) and Tara Glover has seven hits in the last three games.

Nevada Scouting Report
Pitching
Three different Nevada pitchers have tossed at least 56 innings on the year, giving the Wolf Pack one of the most diverse staffs in the Mountain West. Freshman McKenna Isenberg leads the way with a 2.86 ERA in 56.1 innings. Isenberg has one shutout among her three complete games. Senior Karlyn Jones has been the most effective in MW play, sporting a 2.14 ERA in 16 innings of work. Overall, Jones has thrown 67 innings with 62 strikeouts against just seven walks. Megan Dortch has been the most oft-used pitcher with a 9-7 record in 18 starts. Dortch has started five of the Wolf Pack's nine MW games.

Hitting
Nevada boasts one of the top offenses in the Mountain West. The Wolf Pack leads the conference in batting average (.315), on-base percentage (.415), runs scored (231) and doubles (64), while also drawing more than four walks per game. They are doing all of this without the services of senior All-MW infielder Karley Hopkins who suffered a season-ending leg injury after 11 games. Erin Jones has played in 30 games despite two bouts with injuries, and leads the team with a .413 average. Megan Sweet has been the most productive Nevada bat. Sweet leads the team with 42 hits, 17 doubles, 40 runs scored, 27 runs driven in and four steals. She leads the MW by a considerable margin in both doubles and runs scored. The offense has trailed off in MW play, averaging 3.7 runs per game after posting 7.1 runs per nonconference game.

Season Outlook
Nevada was picked to finish sixth in the Mountain West preseason coaches' poll. The Wolf Pack tied Boise State for fourth last season with a 9-9 conference mark and turned in a 30-23 overall record. Nevada returned seven starters among 17 returning letterwinners from that squad, including all four pitchers who saw time in the circle in 2013. Karley Hopkins and Jasmine Jenkins were named to the All-MW Team last year. Karlyn Jones was one of the top control pitchers in the region, walking just 26 batters in 168 innings. The Wolf Pack stormed into conference play with an 18-10 record, but have alternated weekend sweeps to start 3-6 in MW action. Nevada was swept in road series with UNLV and San Diego State, but sandwiched that with a home sweep of New Mexico.

All-Time Series History
Boise State leads the all-time series 9-5. The Broncos and Wolf Pack were conference foes from the day Boise State started its softball program, then both members of the Western Athletic Conference. Nevada swept the series in the Broncos' inaugural season, outscoring Boise State 21-1 in three games in Boise. The Wolf Pack took the first game of the 2010 series, but Boise State reeled off seven-straight wins to take control of the series and have won nine of the last 10. The Broncos won the season series in 2010, 2011 and 2013, in addition to taking two nonconference games from the Wolf Pack in 2012.

Glover Breaks Career Hits Record
Senior Tara Glover broke the Boise State career hits record April 4, against UNLV. Glover, in just her third season with the Broncos, surpassed Holly Bourke's mark of 191. Glover needed just 140 games to break the record. She enters the weekend with 197 hits, seeking to become the first Bronco to reach 200 in her career. The Grants Pass, Ore., native has 252 hits for her collegiate career.

Off and Running
Boise State has 71 stolen bases through the first 36 games of the season. The Broncos are 71-of-86 on steal attempts. They stole 46 bases all of last season. The school record for steals in a season is 77, while the all-time MW record is 87. Tara Glover and Mackenzie Whyte lead the charge with 22 and 18 steals, respectively. Glover is no stranger to thievery, with a school-record 67 stolen bases in her Boise State career and 83 in her collegiate career. Whyte's emergence is less expected. She had 14 stolen bases in the first three years of her career, combined.

Record Chaser
Senior Tara Glover has already put together a decorated career. Glover has the chance to become one of the most accomplished softball players in Mountain West history. Glover is the only Bronco to be playing her fourth season in the conference after spending her freshman year (2011) at Utah, the Utes' final season in the MW. All told, Glover is within reach of the all-time top-five lists for batting average, hits (second), runs (fifth), stolen bases (third) and triples (fifth).

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