Broncos Host UNLV for Weekend Series
April 12, 2018

Boise State (27-11, 6-3 MW) vs UNLV (22-15, 4-8 MW)
Boise, Idaho | Dona Larsen Park
April 13-15

Friday March 13- 4 p.m. MT | Live Stats | Live Stream
Saturday March 14- 1 p.m. MT | Live Stats | Live Stream
Sunday March 15- Noon MT | Live Stats | Live Stream

Weekly Notes

BOISE, Idaho -- Coming off their Mountain West bye week, Boise State (27-11, 6-3 MW) will dive back into the hunt for the program’s first ever conference title, hosting UNLV for a three-game series this weekend. The Broncos will return home after going 8-1 during a road stretch that featured three doubleheaders and nine games over nine days. 

PARKING & TICKETS: Tickets will be available for $6 for adults, $4 for children (2-17) and senior citizens, free for Boise State students with a valid student ID. A Bronco Sports Pass grants fans entry to all gymnastics, track and field, volleyball, soccer and softball events, and are available for $75.

Limited parking will be available at Dona Larsen Park for $5. A free shuttle from the East Albertsons Stadium parking lot to Dona Larsen Park will be available.

PROMOTIONS: This weekend’s series is Little League Weekend. Baseball, softball and t-ball players 12 and under who wear their jerseys will receive free admission all weekend long. Saturday and Sunday’s game will also be part of Breast Cancer Awareness Week. Fans wearing pink will receive discounted admission, and the first 50 fans at Friday and Saturday’s game will receive a free pink Bronco t-shirt.

SERIES HISTORY: The all-time series between the Broncos and UNLV stands tied at 10-10, with the winner of this weekend’s series taking control. Boise State won two-of-three last season in Las Vegas, and have won four of the last six meetings against the Runnin’ Rebels.

SCOUTING REPORT: UNLV (22-15, 4-8 MW) enters the weekend with one of the Mountain West’s best defense. The Runnin’ Rebels’ staff - headlined by senior Janin Petmecky - boasts an ERA of 2.83, which ranks second in the Mountain West. Petmecky leads the conference in ERA (2.04) and wins (14) and is third in strikeouts with 103. UNLV backs up their pitching with a Mountain West-best fielding percentage of .974.

The Runnin’ Rebels are currently averaging 3.78 runs per game, but have managed to hold opponents to 3.24 runs per game.

RUN BABY RUN: With 268 runs through only 38 games, the 2018 Broncos are in great position to break the Boise State record for runs in a season. Averaging 7.05 runs per game – best in the Mountain West and third nationally – the Broncos are on pace to score 380 runs over the 54 regular season games, eclipsing the 311 runs (61 games) scored by Team II in 2010.

CERVANTES NEARS HISTORY: Only a junior, shortstop Rebekah Cervantes is one double shy from setting the Boise State record for career doubles at 36. Cervantes is currently in a tie with Jordan Kreiger (2012-15) with 35 career doubles, and her 13 doubles on the season are two shy of tying her record of 15 in a single-season (2017).

TOP 10 FOR TEAM X: In the 10th week of the season, Boise State finds themselves ranked in the top 10 nationally in five different offensive categories. The Broncos are second in the nation in batting average (.360), third in scoring (7.05 runs per game), sixth in slugging percentage (.536), seventh in doubles per game (1.74) and ninth in on-base percentage (.416).

HISTORIC DAY FOR LEAL: Against Idaho State (April 4), sophomore pitcher Micaela Leal hit a two-run home run in the top of the first, and pitched 4.0 shutout innings in the start for the win. She became the first Bronco to hit a home run in the game in which she was also the winning pitcher, since Rachel Rodriguez did so against Seattle (Feb. 15, 2015).

HIGHWAY DON’T CARE: This weekend’s home series will be Boise State’s first home games since March 23-24. The Broncos are coming off an impressive 8-1 record during a nine-game stint on the road, which featured three doubleheaders and all nine games being played in a nine-day period. During the road stint, Boise State out-scored opponents 47-13 over only 24 innings, and won three games by run-rule.

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