Boise State Hosts Colorado State This Weekend
April 22, 2015
Game Day Info
Tickets: Ticket prices are $6 for adults and $4 for juniors (2-18) and seniors (62+). Boise State students receive free admission with a valid ID card. Bronco Sports Passes are also good for entry to all softball games all season long.
Parking: Free parking will be available for softball patrons at two different locations, depending on the day. Parking Friday is in the Bronco Stadium East Lot and a continuous shuttle will be running to Dona Larsen Park. On Saturday and Sunday, parking will be available in the lot at the URS Building at 720 E Park Blvd. Parking at Dona Larsen Park will be on a first-come, first-served basis with a $5 cost all three days.
BOISE, Idaho - Boise State (10-35, 2-13 MW) looks to rebound this weekend from the sweep suffered at Fresno State as the Broncos host Colorado State (23-24, 4-11 MW) for a three-game set at Dona Larsen Park. The Broncos will go for their second series win of the season beginning Friday at 4 p.m. against the Rams.
Against Colorado State
The Broncos have captured one of the three series with the Rams, taking two of three in the 2013 series in Boise. Last year, the Rams swept the Broncos from March 28-30 in Fort Collins.
About Colorado State
Sophomore infielder Haley Hutton leads the Rams on offense, batting .369 with 55 hits, four triples, two home runs and 25 RBI. Fellow infielders Savannah Clark (.310, 11 doubles, 29 RBI) and Danielle Wikre (.252, eight HR, 30 RBI) provide the power for Colorado State.
The Colorado State rotation is paced by freshman Trinity Harrington (4-4, 3.44 ERA) and junior Holly Reinke (10-16, 4.83 ERA).
Last Series Outing
The Broncos brought the go-ahead run to the plate in the seventh inning in each of the first two games, but ended up falling 4-2 and 4-3, respectively. Sunday, the Broncos were shutout, 5-0.
Devon Bridges led the Broncos with four hits in the series, batting .444 (4-for-9) with a walk and an RBI, while Jordan Kreiger doubled with a pair of walks and freshman Makenzie Sullivan went 2-for-7 with a double and an RBI.
Despite three losses, the Bronco pitching staff put together one of its best weekends of the season, as Nicole Wilson gave up just seven earned runs and struck out five over 12.1 innings, and freshman Rachel Rodriguez, pitching in her hometown, gave up just three earned runs in her Saturday start.
So far in 2015 the Broncos have a record of 3-7 at home. Last time at Dona Larsen Park, however, the Broncos took two of three from Nevada, capped by a wild 16-13 victory, to win its first series of the season.
Bridges Has Heated Up
Over this nine-game hitting streak, Bridges is batting .429 (12-for-28) with two doubles, three home runs and 12 RBI. Additionally, she has drawn six walks, resulting in an on-base percentage of .529, second only to fellow senior Jordan Kreiger (.564) over the same stretch.
Kreiger Keeps It Up
Over the last nine games, Kreiger is second on the team with a .393 batting average (11-for-28) and 11 hits, and leads the team with six doubles and 10 runs scored.
Over 15 Mountain West games, Kreiger leads the Broncos in batting average (.385), on-base percentage (.556), doubles (six), runs scored (13) and walks (11) while being tied for second with 15 hits.
Bridges And Kreiger Set Records
Back on April 8 in Las Vegas, Devon Bridges singled up the middle for her 217th career hit, passing Tara Glover (2012-14) as Boise State's all-time hits leader. Currently with 226 career hits, Bridges added another mark to her ledger this past Sunday in Fresno, starting the 212th game of her career, passing Holly Bourke's (2010-13) mark of 211 starts as a Bronco.
This weekend, Bridges could also become Boise State's all-time leader in games played, as she currently sits at 215, just two back of Bourke's school record of 217.Bridges is also within range of Bourke's school record of 625 at-bats, currently sitting at 609.
Fellow senior Jordan Kreiger has also made her presence felt in the Bronco record book this season. The Hillsboro, Ore. native became Boise State's all-time doubles leader on April 8 in Las Vegas, hitting her 31st double and passing Bourke's tally of 30.
Kreiger is also in the top 10 of numerous categories, including runs scored (105, tied for fifth with Bridges), hits (132 - ninth), games played (180 - eighth) and games started (170 - seventh).
Sullivan Swingin' Again
Sullivan batted .286 for the weekend with a double and an RBI, bringing her average on the year up to .272. For the season, Sullivan leads the team with 28 RBI and is second with five home runs and 11 doubles.
Wilson And Rodriguez Pitch Well
Wilson started Friday's and Sunday's contests, and appeared in all three games, allowing just eight runs (seven earned) over those outings. She went on to strike out five batters and registered a complete game.
Rodriguez, pitching in her hometown, started Saturday's contest and held the Bulldogs in check until making one mistake in the fifth inning. With Boise State holding a 3-2 lead, Rodriguez gave up a two-run home run to Michelle Solomon, the only dark mark on her weekend.
Clausen Getting Back Into It
The weekend performance was just the latest in a strong stretch for Clausen. Over the past nine games, she is one of the Broncos' hottest hitters, batting .368 (7-for-19) with a triple, home run, four RBI and five runs scored.
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