Broncos Facec Rematch With College of Idaho
WHAT’S ON DECK:  The Boise State softball team will take a break from the WAC with an all-Idaho rematch with the College of Idaho on Tuesday. The Broncos will travel to Caldwell, Idaho for a doubleheader at 5 p.m. Then, it is off to Las Cruces, N.M. for a three-game WAC series with New Mexico State. The WAC-rival will play a doubleheader on Friday at 5 p.m. and then play in a single game on Saturday at 2 p.m.

ABOUT COLLEGE OF IDAHO: The Lady Yotes enter this week in a tie atop the Cascade Collegiate Conference at 9-3 in conference play. A big reason for that success has been an outstanding pitching staff that holds a 2.03 ERA. Jody Zillner heads up the staff with a 10-7 record on 126 innings pitched and an outstanding 1.17 ERA. Zillner has also recorded 142 strikeouts and four shutouts to lead the Yotes. Judy Brooke holds a 7-6 record on 12 starts and 67.2 innings pitched as the No. 2 pitcher for the Yotes and sports a 3.72 ERA. The bats haven’t enjoyed quite the same success with a .243 team batting average. Amy Rhoades leads the offense with a .302 average and seven doubles on the year. Heather Dixon has provided most of the power with 10 home runs and 23 RBI. Her 10 homers account for over half of the team’s combined home runs.

LAST TIME OUT: The Broncos and Yotes engaged in a late inning dogfight at Mountain Cove. The Broncos emerged victorious with all off the games seven runs coming in the fifth inning or later. With the Broncos up 2-0 in the sixth, the Yotes came roaring back with a 3-run sixth inning to take the lead on a pair of home runs from Dani Villyard and Haley Butcher. However, the Broncos were not to be outdone as Christina Capobianco hit a two-run homer of her own to put the Broncos ahead 4-3. Jody Zillner took the loss despite eight strikeouts, and Aubray Zell earned the win with three strikeouts and only seven hits allowed.

ABOUT NEW MEXICO STATE: The Aggies have been an offensive powerhouse this season with a .345 team batting average, which is up from a .335 batting average that ranked fourth in the nation last week. The Aggies also have top-10 number in homer per game (1.29) and slugging percentage (.536). The team has combined for 54 home runs this year and 108 extra-base hits. Tiare Jennings and Hoku Nohara are the head of the offensive machine with averages of .438 and .426, respectively. Each player has gone deep 12 times although Jennings holds 44 RBI to Nohara’s 35. Both also rank in the top-50 in the nation in batting average, slugging percentage and home runs. The Aggie lineup features seven regular starters with avove-.300 batting averages. Kim Watson and Vanessa Fitzgerald have been the workhorses in the circle this year. Watson leads the club with 146.1 innings pitched and 153 strikeouts. She also owns a 13-8 record with a 2.25 ERA, both being team bests. Fitzgerald holds an 8-5 record with a 4.86 ERA in 63.1 innings pitched. On top of it all, the Aggies hold a 15-6 record at home.

APRIL SHOWERS...:  The Broncos entered WAC play with a bang in a three-game sweep of Utah State, but it was been anything but smooth sailing since then. The Broncos are now 1-5 in the month of April and just 2-9 since sweeping Utah State. Over the past nine games, the Broncos are hitting just .199 with a 6.09 ERA. In the month of April, the Broncos hold a .152 average with a 6.42 ERA.

...BRING MAY FLOWERS:  The Broncos certainly hope that the idiom holds true as May will bring a trip to Hawai’i and a possible berth in the WAC Tournament. Breaking down the Broncos record by month, they were 5-6 in the month of February before getting hot and cruising to a 12-7 record in March. The wave continued into April as the Broncos now sit at 1-5 this month, but will hopefully ride the tide back into a hot streak to close out the season.

GETTING AHEAD:  For the Broncos, a late lead usually leads to a victory. After the fourth inning, the blue and orange are 11-1 when they hold a lead, but only 4-14 when they are down. That trend continue into the later innings as the Broncos are 13-1 when leading after five frames and 13-0 when leading after six.

WAC TOURNEY WATCH:  Speaking of the WAC Tournament, all eight teams will not make the tournament this year. The top seven will fill out the bracket in Fresno, Calif. The Broncos currently sit in sixth place in the conference above San Jose State and Utah State. The conference-opening sweep of Utah State will be a huge catalyst in earning a postseason berth in the inaugural season for the Broncos as they currently sit two games above the Aggies in eighth.

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