May 1, 2014
Boise State Game Notes
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Boise State softball closes its home slate with a three-game series against New Mexico Friday, Saturday and Sunday, at Dona Larsen Park. The Broncos (27-19, 11-7 MW) enter the weekend having won nine of their last 10 games and in the thick of an exciting Mountain West title race.
The Last Meeting
April 7, 2013
Broncos Dominate Series Finale, Win 13-0
Boise State softball salvaged the final game of its Mountain West series at New Mexico Sunday, with a weekend's worth of offense and a brilliant pitching performance from Rebecca Patton. The Broncos scored 13 runs on 14 hits while Patton twirled a three-hit shutout for a 13-0 win in five innings.
The Broncos and Lobos (16-33, 7-14 MW) will face off Friday and Saturday at 3 p.m. (MT), before closing the series Sunday at 1 p.m. (MT). Boise State then finishes the season at San Diego State, May 8-10. This is the final three games of the year for New Mexico.
Live video and live stats will be available for each game. Both are free and compatible with mobile devices. Check the schedule page at BroncoSports.com for more information.
Game Day Info
Tickets: 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: Due to the track meet at Dona Larsen Park Friday, there will be no parking available at the field. Limited spaces in the lot will be available for $5 Saturday, just before game time. Sunday will return to normal. 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.
Wild Mountain West Race
Boise State enters the week in a three-way tie for second place in the Mountain West, just one game behind first-place Fresno State.
Join the Broncos at the End of Year BBQ!
Boise State is hosting its second-annual End of Year Barbecue includes dinner, a full program of events, a silent auction and the chance to win great door prizes. Tickets are $18 and can be purchased by cash or check at Dona Larsen Park. The meal includes brisket, chicken, beans, macaroni and cheese, plenty of other great sides, desserts and assorted soft drinks. The barbecue is back by popular demand after the 2013 event drew more than 100 Bronco softball supporters.
New Mexico Scouting Report
The Lobos have a staff earned run average of 7.76 on the year, ranking last in the Mountain West. Utah State has the next-highest ERA at 5.19. Carrie Sheehan has seen the most time in the circle, throwing 114 innings with a 5-9 record and 7.06 ERA. Sheehan has appeared in 32 games with 16 starts. Lisa Rodrigues has also started 16 games, amassing 84.1 innings. Rodrigues has allowed 119 hits and walked 87 batters, leading to a 7.55 ERA. Opponents are hitting .366 against the Lobos and have drawn 253 walks for a .482 on-base percentage. Lauren Soles has been arguably the most effective pitcher for New Mexico, logging a 6-7 record, 6.34 ERA and .297 batting average against in her 59.2 innings across 20 appearances. Tess McPherson has also pithched in 22 games.
New Mexico is rarely out of a game, because of its offense. The Lobos hit .303 as a team and have scored at least eight runs in six Mountain West games, including a 20-run outburst last week against Utah State. Freshman Willow Kalinen leads the team with a .426 batting average, including a blistering .561 average in conference play to lead the MW. Naomi Tellez has been the biggest producer all season long. Tellez leads the team in hits (57), doubles (11), home runs (seven) and RBI (42). Brandi Heimburg is batting .385 on the year with 35 hits in 21 conference games. Fellow starters Mariah Rimmer (.304), Shelbie Fran (.301), Chelsea Anaya (.299) and Jasmine Casados (.299) also hoover around a .300 batting average for the year.
New Mexico dropped its final nine Mountain West games last season to finish in last place. The Lobos were projected to finish eighth in this year's preseason poll, ahead of newcomer Utah State. New Mexico took two of three from the Aggies last week for its first series win of the season. They have, however, managed to win one game against each team Boise State is jockeying for position with at the top of the standings. The Lobos are as responsible as any team for the exciting title race, after defeating San Diego State, Fresno State, Colorado State and UNLV each once. The series against the Broncos will be New Mexico's final games of the season.
All-Time Series History
The all-time series is tied 3-3. The Broncos and Lobos had never met before Boise State joined the Mountain West prior to the 2012 season. Since then, the teams have split a pair of 2-1 series decisions with each team protecting its home field. New Mexico won the series finale in 2012 in Boise, snapping the Broncos' 28-game home winning streak that spanned nearly two years. Boise State took the finale last year in run-rule fashion to salvage one win in its first conference series of the season.
Queen of the Mountain
Tara Glover broke the all-time Mountain West career hits record April 29, at Idaho State. Glover singled in each of her final two at bats to tie and eventually break the record. Including her freshman year at Utah she enters the weekend with 266 hits in 203 games, surpassing the old mark of 265 set by Angeline Quiocho (BYU; 2007-10) in 230 games.
Off and Running
Boise State has stolen a school- and conference-record 93 bases through the first 46 games of the season. The Broncos are 93-of-111 on steal attempts. The previous school record for steals in a season was 77, set in 61 games in 2010. They also ran through the old MW record of 87. Tara Glover and Mackenzie Whyte lead the charge with 30 and 18 steals, respectively. Glover is no stranger to thievery, with a school-record 73 stolen bases in her Boise State career and 89 in her collegiate career. Whyte's emergence is less expected. She had 14 stolen bases in the first three years of her career, combined. Five Broncos have double-digit steals on the year.
Return of the Mack
Senior shortstop Mackenzie Whyte returned to the Boise State lineup April 29, at Idaho State after missing the previous 12 games with a knee injury. Whyte leads the team with a .375 batting average. She has 36 hits, including 10 for extra bases, during what has been a breakout senior campaign. Whyte entered her the year with a career .275 batting average. In addition to the career-best 18 steals, Whyte has set a career high with 24 walks, tied her personal home run mark with four and is nearing career highs for hits (39), runs (31), doubles (9) and RBI (26). Whyte had five-straight multi-hit games from March 8-14.
Pack Your Broom
Boise State completed a sweep of Utah State in Logan, Utah, April 22-23, its second sweep in as many road trips. The Broncos took all three games at Nevada April 11-13, just the third and fourth road sweeps in program history and the first as a Mountain West member. Before this season, the last came April 22-23, 2011, at Hawai'i, the first time anybody had swept the Rainbow Wahine on the islands since 2005. The only other road sweep was also at Utah State, March 20-21, 2009, the first conference series in program history. Boise State is the first Mountain West team to win at least six conference road games since 2009, when BYU finished 8-1 and San Diego State was 6-1 away from home in MW play.
Bronco Ace Dealing
Redshirt senior pitcher Rebecca Patton broke the school record for wins in a season. Patton is up to 22 victories on the year. The previous mark was 20 set by Aubray Zell in 2012.
Junior Buggs Torrez has eight hits, nine RBI and seven runs scored in the last three games.
Nicholson Feasts on Bengals
Junior Lindsey Nicholson has three home runs in her career- all of them have come against Idaho State. Nicholson was 3-for-3 with two home runs and five RBI April 29, at Idaho State. Her only other homer came earlier this year against the Bengals in Boise (March 15). She finished the season 5-for-9 with three home runs and seven RBI against ISU.
Patton Shouldering the Load
Redshirt senior pitcher Rebecca Patton has been the workhorse for the Broncos. Patton leads the Mountain West in starts (31) and innings (207.1) and ranks second in appearances (37). She has thrown in 37 of Boise State's 46 games, including 15 of 18 conference games. She has 22 wins and two saves on the year (factoring in the decision in 24 of Boise State's 27 wins). Patton already broke the school record with 21 complete games this season, three shutouts. Her 207.1 innings pitched are also a school record.
Six Runs the Magic Number
Boise State has scored at least six runs in 19 games this season. The Broncos are 18-1 in those games. The lone loss was a 10-6 decision at Colorado State (March 29). The six-run plateau has been a definitive one throughout the program's history. Boise State is 105-17-1 all-time when scoring at least six runs in a game.
Boise State has scored in the first inning in 25 of its 46 games this season. The Broncos are 19-6 in those games. They have scored 53 runs in the first inning this season, far and away the most of any inning (37 in the second inning is the closest). Tara Glover has been the sparkplug at the top of the order much of the year. Glover has scored in the first inning 13 times this season, but has been even more productive in Mountain West play. The Bronco have scored in the first inning in 11 of their 18 conference games. Glover has crossed the plate in the first inning nine times in MW play.