Broncos Travel To Nevada For WAC Finale

WHAT'S ON DECK:  The Boise State softball team will wrap up its regular season schedule with a three-game WAC series at Nevada this weekend. The Broncos are still in need of a couple of wins to secure the No. 3 seed in the upcoming WAC Tournament while the Wolf Pack need to sweep the Broncos to have any shot at climbing out of the WAC basement. The teams will square off twice on Friday with the first pitch at 3 p.m. (MT) and once on Saturday at 2 p.m. (MT).

ABOUT NEVADA:  Just one year after playing in the WAC Tournament championship game, the Wolf Pack will need help just to make the tournament this year. The Pack are 16-26 this year and just 3-14 in WAC games. Noelle Micka is leading the team with a .336 average and is the only player hitting over .300 this year. Sam Bias is just below that mark at .297 with Danielle Patrick and Britton Murdock providing the power with seven homers each. As a team, the Pack are hitting .263 in WAC play and have scored 75 runs, but have allowed 144 runs to WAC opponents. The Pack pitchers hold a 7.22 team ERA in WAC and a 5.02 team ERA overall. Mallory Darby holds a 4.64 ERA while Katie Holverson has and ERA of 5.54. Darby and Holverson are the only two pitchers to see time in the circle for the Pack this year. However, both pitchers have recorded over 100 strikeouts while splitting time in the circle. Holverson has 119 Ks to Darby's 109. The Wolf Pack have a disappointing 1-8 record at home this year in WAC games with the one win coming over Fresno State in the first WAC series of the year.

WEATHERLY CAPTURES WAC HITTER OF THE WEEK:  For the first time in her career, Tazz Weatherly earned a WAC Hitter of the Week honor. The weekly honor marks the second time a member of the Boise State softball team has earned the award this year. Weatherly joins Kathy Cox and Christina Capobianco as the only Broncos ever to earn the award.

Weatherly, a sophomore center fielder from Stockton, Calif., hit .500 on the week, helping the Broncos to a 2-1 record against San Jose State. Weatherly came into the weekend with one career home run and hit two round-trippers on Saturday in a doubleheader split against the Spartans. Weatherly recorded four hits, two home runs, three runs and six RBI and was hit by a pitch twice over the three games. She registered a 1.250 slugging percentage and a .600 on-base percentage. Weatherly recorded her ninth multi-hit game of the year and her two multi-RBI performances on Saturday were her fourth and fifth of the season.

WAC TOURNEY SITUATIONS:  The Broncos have secured a spot in the WAC Tourney and a top seed in the first round of the six-team tournament. They currently sit in third with Louisiana Tech nipping at their heels and just one game back in the standings. The Broncos will need any combination of two wins or two Techster losses to clinch the No. 3 seed. The Techsters are at Fresno State to end their regular season. The Broncos can still finish as high as second if the Techsters sweep San Jose State and the Broncos sweep the Wolf Pack. However, the Wolf Pack will be looking to sweep the Broncos as they need all three wins and for San Jose State to sweep New Mexico State just to climb to the No. 6 seed and earn the final bid. If the Broncos earn the No. 3 seed, they will face the No. 6 seed in the opening round with No. 2 Fresno State waiting in the second round.

RUNNIN' WILD:  The Broncos and Spartans combined for 45 runs in the last weekend's series. The Broncos took two of the three games and scored 32 of those 45 runs thanks to the 15-0 rout in the finale. The 32 runs is, by far, the most the Broncos have scored in a WAC series this year and the most in the program's short history. The Broncos' 15 runs in the series finale are also the most that the young program has ever scored in a WAC game.

COX RECORD WATCH:  In her two short years, Kathy Cox has all-but-written the Bronco record books at the plate. This year, she has already shattered the mark of 11 she shared last year and is on the verge of breaking many other single season records. Cox is currently in position to break the batting average and slugging percentage marks she set in 2009. She is also tied for both the runs and RBI mark from last year with 40 runs scored and 40 RBI. She is also just three hits shy of the single season hits record and two doubles shy of the doubles mark. In addition, her 115 total bases this year has far surpassed the total of 99 that she had in 2009.

UNFRIENDLY NEVADA:  The Broncos and the state of Nevada do not share a friendly history. In the Broncos short history, they are 0-4 against teams from Nevada after the Wolf Pack swept the Broncos in Boise in 2009 and the Runnin' Rebels of UNLY run-ruled the Broncos in February of 2010. The Wolf Pack also shut out the Broncos twice in 2009 and allowed just one run in the three-game series. The Broncos have been outscored 34-4 by teams from Nevada entering this weekend. In February, the Broncos went 1-4 in a tournament at UNLV with their only win coming in the Broncos final game against San Diego.

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