Broncos, Bulldogs Battle for First
April 26, 2018

Boise State (32-13, 10-5 MW) vs Fresno State (29-16, 12-3 MW)
April 27-29, 2018
Dona Larsen Park | Boise, Idaho

Game Notes

BOISE, Idaho –
Riding a five-game winning streak, Boise State will host rival Fresno State in a three-game Mountain West series, April 27-29, at Dona Larsen Park. The Bulldogs are currently first in the conference standings at 12-3, with the Broncos two-games back entering this weekend’s pivotal series.

PARKING: The Boise State track and field teams will be hosting the Border Clash, April 27-28, at Dona Larsen Park, leaving limited parking for fans at Dona Larsen Park. Parking at the park will be on a first-come, first-serve basis with a $5 cost. There will be a free shuttle all weekend long from the Albertsons Stadium East Lot, where fans can park for free.

TICKETING & PROMOTIONS: Tickets will be available for $6 for adults, $4 for children (2-17) and senior citizens, and 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.

Friday’s game is Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day, and all faculty and staff members with valid ID will receive free admissions. The first 200 fans to attend Saturday’s game will receive a free pair of Bronco sunglasses, and Sunday is Hometown Hero Day. All police officers, firefighters, military members, EMT’s and paramedics in uniform or with a valid ID will receive free admission.

SERIES HISTORY: The Bulldogs lead the all-time series against Boise State, 7-21. Boise State ended an eight-game losing streak to Fresno State, dating back to 2015, last season with a 2-1 win over in the third game of the series (March 26, 2017). Six of the Broncos seven wins over Fresno State have come at home.

SCOUTING REPORT: The Bulldogs lead the Mountain West with a balanced attack. Currently sixth in the nation in on-base percentage at .416, Fresno State also has the pitching to match their offense. Thanks to the 1-2 punch of Danielle East and Samantha Mejia, the Bulldogs lead the Mountain West in ERA (2.32), opposing batting average (.229) and total strikeouts (102) in conference games this season.

East has a no-hitter to her name earlier this season, while Mejia is 5-0 with an ERA of 0.49 in Mountain West games.

BATTLE FOR THE MOUNTAIN WEST: While it is still too early in the season to clinch the Mountain West title, this weekend’s series has major implications in the conference race. Fresno State is currently 12-3 in Mountain West play after dropping a game against San Diego State last weekend. At 10-5, the Broncos are two-games back of Fresno State, and would take control of first place in the conference with a sweep over the Bulldogs.

Both teams are also receiving votes in the latest USA Today/NFCA Coaches’ Poll, with Boise State leading the Mountain West with five points, while Fresno State has four points.

GET OUT YOUR BROOMS: After sweeping Nevada this past weekend, Boise State cleaned up Mountain West Player and Pitcher of the Week honors as well. Alison Seng took home Player of the Week after batting a stellar .727 (8-for-11) against the Wolf Pack. This is the second time the freshman has won Player of the Week this season, as she is the only two-time Player of the Week in the conference this season. Micaela Leal took home the first Pitcher of the Week honors of her career thanks to going 2-0 on the weekend, with both of her appearances coming in relief.

This is the first time Boise State has swept Mountain West weekly awards since Allie Crump and Aubray Zell did so for games played March 12-18, 2012.

SENG MAKES HISTORY: Currently seventh in the nation in batting average, Alison Seng became the first player in Mountain West history to become a finalist for Schutt Sports/NFCA National Division I Freshman of the Year. Seng made the top 25 list, and will now wait for the list to be trimmed down to the top 10 on May 10, and the final three on May 23.

WE’RE GOING TO THE QUAD!: Boise State is currently riding a five-game win streak, thanks to a sweep over Nevada sandwiched between wins over UNLV and Idaho State. The win streak is currently the longest in the Mountain West, and the second-longest win streak of the season for the Broncos.

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