Broncos Send Off Seniors With Series Against Spartans

WHAT'S ON DECK:  The Boise State softball team will conclude its home schedule and celebrate three seniors with a three-game WAC series the Friday and Saturday at Mountain Cove. The Broncos will be taking on WAC-foe San Jose State in a single game at 3 p.m. on Friday and in a 1 p.m. twinbill on Saturday. On Saturday, the Broncos will honor their first graduating class of Laeha Hill, Kathy Cox and Jessi Hanna as the take the field at Mountain Cove for the final time in their careers.

$1 SATURDAY/SENIOR DAY:  That's right! Come help the Broncos celebrate Senior Day on Saturday, May 1 for just $1 admission. Just one dollar gets everyone in for both games of the doubleheader as well as all the Senior Day festivities. Cox, Hanna and Hill as well as Coach Thorpe and the rest of the Broncos hope to see all of Bronco Nation at Mountain Cove as they wrap up their home schedule with San Jose State.

ABOUT SAN JOSE STATE:  The Spartans are clinging to the fifth seed in the WAC standings with a 6-9 conference record. However, the Spartans enjoyed a great deal of non-conference success, including a win over No. 10 Oklahoma, and sport a 30-18 overall record. The Spartans are hitting .289 as a team with five regular starters hitting above a .300 clip. Sarah Taylor leads the way with a .364 batting average although Julianne Aiello is the only Spartan hitting over .300 in WAC games with a .302 average. Last weekend, the Spartans broke their school record for homers in a season as they launched their 31st homer of the year, led by Brittany McConnell with seven. Amanda Pridmore leads a pitching staff that holds a 3.59 overall ERA and a 3.70 ERA in WAC games. Pridmore sports a 3.66 ERA with a 14-7 record although she is just 2-7 in WAC games. Jaclyn Imhof has seen significant time in the circle as well and holds a 2.92 ERA in WAC games with a 3-1 record. Speed is abundant in the Spartans lineup as they have swiped 71 bags as a team in only 76 chances, but have help opponents to just 22-of-37 in the stolen base department.

LISTEN TO THE GAME:  Listen live to all of the Broncos' home games on Bronco Vision. The broadcasts are free. If you can't make it out to the beautiful Mountain Cove softball field follow all the action online. As a team, the Broncos are hitting .320 as a team while Bronco pitchers hold a 3.74 ERA and have held opponents to a .274 batting average. The Broncos have also launched 26 homers out of Mountain Cove and have outscored opponents 110-101.

DEFENDING THE HOME TURF:  The Broncos have been at their best in front of Bronco Nation this year. The Blue and Orange are 11-9 on their home turf this year and 6-3 in WAC play, including two series sweeps of New Mexico State and Utah State. As a team, the Broncos are hitting .320 as a team while Bronco pitchers hold a 3.74 ERA and have held opponents to a .274 batting average. The Broncos have abused opposing pitchers by launching 26 homers out of Mountain Cove and have outscored their opponents 110-101.

WAC WIN STREAK: With their two consecutive wins to open the series with Louisiana Tech, the Broncos stretched their school-record WAC winning streak to five games. The Broncos had a longer win streak than their win total from 2009. The win streak also means the Broncos have won seven of their last 10 games and red-hot as they approach the end of the season and the WAC Tournament.

ROAD IMPROVEMENT:  Since opening the 2010 campaign with an 0-9 record in true road games, the Broncos have found success away from Mountain Cove with a 7-5 road record. The turn-around in road success mirrors the Broncos overall season turn-around. The 2010 season began with a disappointing 4-16 record. However, the Broncos are 18-12 since that point in the season and sit in third place in the WAC standings as only one of three teams to have a winning record in WAC play.

LIMITING OPPONENTS: The Broncos have been hot as of late thanks, in part, to some excellent performances in the circle by Bronco pitchers. Two Broncos, Allie Crump and Aubray Zell, have overall ERAs below 4.00, which is an improvement over 2009 when both were over that mark. When the Bronco pitching staff limits its opponents to less than three runs, the Broncos are a perfect 14-0.

RECORD WATCH:  With the program in only its second year of existence, an abundance of records are bound to be broken. Kathy Cox has already shattered the single season home run record with 17 homers this year. She also broke her record for total bases from 2009 (99) with 109 this year. She is on pace to break the slugging percentage record as well being three RBI and four runs scored short of those respective records. Vanessa Alvarez also broke the single season walk record with 26 in her freshman campaign. Allie Crump has done her share of record-breaking as well. She broke the innings pitched and single season wins mark with two complete game wins over Louisiana Tech and is only four strikeouts from the single season strikeout record she set in 2009.

MAGIC IN THE MIDDLE:  The middle innings have seen the most fireworks this year for the Broncos as they have plated 43 runs in the third and 43 more in the fourth. Nearly 40 percent of the Broncos runs have come in these two middle innings while the fourth inning is one of two innings in which the Broncos have outscored their opponents. The other inning happens to be the seventh inning in which the Broncos have scored the least amount of runs (16). Despite the low total, Bronco pitchers have allowed just 13 runs to cross the plate in the seventh.

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