Boise State Heads To New Mexico For Final Trip
April 29, 2015
BOISE, Idaho - Boise State (12-36, 4-14 MW), fresh off of taking two of three from Colorado State for its second series victory of the season, gets one final shot at its first road series win as it travels to Albuquerque to take on New Mexico this weekend. The three-game set with the Lobos opens up Friday at 5 p.m. at Lobo Softball Field.
Against New Mexico
The teams last met exactly one year ago from this coming weekend, with the Broncos swept the Lobos at Dona Larsen Park from May 2-4.
Boise State and New Mexico have played one series in Albuquerque, from April 5-7, 2013, with the Lobos taking two of three.
About New Mexico
Junior outfielder Mariah Rimmer leads the Lobos with a .391 batting average, 61 hits, 12 doubles and 34 RBI in addition to her six home runs. Sophomore infielder Jasmine Casados (.372, 48 hits, seven doubles, five HR, 34 RBI) is right behind Rimmer in productivity while fellow sophomore infielder Michala Erickson leada the team in home runs with seven.
Five different pitchers have started games for New Mexico this season, with Lauren Soles (16 GS, 8-5, 3.51 ERA) and Carrie Sheehan (14 GS, 7-5, 4.08 ERA) leading the way.
Last Series Outing
The Bronco bats were alive and popping over the weekend as the team hit seven home runs over the three games, led by a pair from Devon Bridges. Bridges provided the weekend's most dramatic moment, hitting a walk-off grand slam Friday to give the Broncos a 6-5 victory. For the weekend, Bridges hit two homers and drove in five runs while drawing four walks.
Fellow seniors Jordan Kreiger and Lindsey Nicholson each hit their first home run of the season, as Nicholson batted .500 (2-for-4) with three walks for the series and Kreiger batted .444 (4-for-9) with four walks.
Final Road Trip
Boise State is 1-2 all-time in Albuquerque, dropping a three-game series there to the Lobos in 2013. In that series, the Lobos grabbed the first two games, each by a run, before the Broncos salvaged a win by trouncing New Mexico, 13-0, in five innings.
Bridges Makes `Em Pay The Toll
Friday, Bridges came up with the bases loaded, one out and the Broncos down 5-2. She promptly hit a laser that went out in a straight line over the fence in right-center for the game-winner and her second grand slam of the season. The next day, she hit a solo homer in the sixth to give Boise State a 4-3 lead, but the Broncos could not hold it, denying Bridges a second-straight game-winning home run.
By Sunday, Colorado State pitchers were avoiding Bridges, thrice walking her including an intentional pass with two out and the bases empty in the sixth inning and the Broncos ahead 7-1.
Bridges Adds Another Record
The latest record to move into Bridges' possession joins numerous others from earlier this season, and could even be joined by others over the final six games.
Bridges got her 217th hit on April 7 at UNLV to pass Tara Glover as Boise State's all-time leader, and last Sunday (April 19) in Fresno she started her 212th game as a Bronco, breaking another of Bourke's marks. Entering this weekend, Bridges is just nine more at-bats away from passing Bourke's school benchmark of 625.
Rodriguez Shuts Down The Rams
The Fresno, Calif. native held the rams hitless through the first 3.1 innings and ended up three-hitting them while giving up just one run. Rodriguez also ended the contest strong, retiring 11 of the final 13 Ram batters she faced.
Her effort Sunday followed a positive outing Saturday, despite the 8-5, nine-inning loss for the Broncos. In that contest, Rodriguez went a season-long 8.2 innings with a pair of strikeouts.
Bat Off The Bench
The hits were Nicholson's first since March 29 against San Diego State, and the home run her first since last May 10, which also came against the Aztecs.
Her performance Saturday, which also included a walk, earned her a start Sunday, and she responded by drawing a pair of walks, including one in the first inning that forced in a run.
The Bomb Squad
Devon Bridges led the Broncos with two home runs, including her walk-off grand slam Friday, to up her season total to eight, 10th-best in the Mountain West.
Seniors Lindsey Nicholson and Jordan Kreiger each hit their first home runs of the season, with Nicholson hitting a solo shot in the ninth inning of Saturday's 8-5 loss, and Kreiger hitting a two-run job in Sunday's 7-1 victory.
Kreiger Leaves Her Mark In The Books
Over that span of 28 games, Kreiger has also produced with nine doubles, 20 runs scored, seven RBI, 17 walks and an on-base percentage of .490.
This season, the Hillsboro, Ore. native leads the Broncos in runs (29), doubles (12) and stolen bases (10) while being second or tied for second in on-base percentage (.425) and walks (24), and third in batting average (.290) and hits (36).
Those numbers have helped her move up the Boise State career record book, as she is currently the school's all-time leader in doubles (35), sits tied for fourth with MacKenzie Whyte and Devon Bridges in runs scored (108), is tied for sixth with Allie Crump in games started (173) and is eighth in games played (183), hits (136), RBI (63) and ninth in at-bats (462).
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