Senior Weekend Ahead For Broncos
May 6, 2015
Game Day Info
Tickets: Ticket 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: 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. Parking at Dona Larsen Park will be on a first-come, first-served basis with a $5 cost all three days.
BOISE, Idaho - The 2015 campaign comes to a close at Dona Larsen Park this weekend as Boise State (12-39, 4-17 MW) hosts Utah State (16-36, 8-13 MW) for a three-game set. The finale will be Thursday to Saturday, with the series opener set for a 4 p.m. start Thursday.
Against Utah State
This weekend's series between Boise State and Utah State will be just the second in all-time Mountain West play, and the fifth overall as the schools met thrice for three-game sets in the WAC from 2009-11.
About Utah State
The Aggies are led on offense by junior outfielder Sarah Chow, batting .413 with 64 hits, 30 runs and an on-base percentage of .468. Also contributing are senior 1B/OF Hailey Froton (.355, 13 doubles, 41 RBI) and pitcher Noelle Johnson, who in addition to batting .340 with 13 doubles, six home runs and 21 RBI is 14-16 on the season with a 4.11 ERA.
Along with Johnson in the circle for the Aggies is Alleyah Armendariz, who is 1-16 on the year while batting .331 with seven doubles, 11 home runs and 25 RBI.
Last Series Outing
In Albuquerque, the Broncos took leads in each of the three games before falling to Lobo comebacks. Friday, the Broncos led 6-4 before New Mexico scored three times in the bottom of the seventh for a 7-6 win. Saturday, the Broncos took an early 2-1 lead but a six-run second inning by the Lobos gave them the lead en route to a 7-5 win, and on Sunday the Lobos scored 10 times in the fourth inning to erase a 3-0 deficit and go on to an 11-3, five-inning victory.
Bright spots for the Broncos over the weekend including sophomore Izzy Serrano batting .667 (4-for-6) over the weekend with a double and an RBI, highlighted by a career-best three hits Saturday. Devon Bridges batted .364 (4-for-11) with a home run and five RBI while freshman Sara Ketelsleger drove in three runs and hit her third home run of the season Sunday.
Entering this weekend Boise State owns a record of 5-8 at Dona Larsen Park, although the Broncos have won four of the past six and captured two-straight series at home. In each series win, the Broncos took two of three games, winning the rubber games against Nevada and then Colorado State.
The quartet has been vital to the late surge this season by the Broncos which has led to a pair of series wins over the past month. Bridges leads the team in batting (.359), hits (52), home runs (nine), RBI (35), walks (32), slugging percentage (.593) and on-base percentage (.480) for the year, and over the past 15 games has been on a tear, batting .383 (18-for-47) with six home runs and 22 RBI.
Kreiger is fourth on the team with a .293 batting average while ranking third with 39 hits and leading the team in runs scored (31). She is also second on the team with 12 doubles, 25 walks and a .423 on-base percentage.
Torrez has started 43 of the 44 games in which she's appeared this year, batting .267 with six doubles, two homers and 17 RBI, while Nicholson has appeared in 49 games (33 starts) and over the past five games is hitting .308 (4-for-13) with a home run, a triple, four RBI and four runs scored.
Bridges, Kreiger Leave Their Marks In The Record Books
Bridges added yet another career record to her ledger this past Sunday in Albuquerque, passing Holly Bourke's (2010-13) career mark for at-bats (625) and ending the weekend with 628.
On April 26 against Colorado State Bridges played in her 218th game in a Boise State uniform, passing Bourke (217 games) as the school's all-time leader in games played.
Bridges got her 217th hit on April 7 at UNLV to pass Tara Glover as Boise State's all-time leader, and on April 19 in Fresno she started her 212th game as a Bronco, breaking another of Bourke's marks.
Entering this final weekend, Bridges owns 10 Boise State career records (games played, games started, at-bats, hits, home runs, RBI, walks, slugging percentage, on-base percentage).
Kreiger has moved her way up the Boise State career record book as this season has progressed, highlighted by her becoming the school's all-time leader in doubles on April 7 at UNLV.
That day, Kreiger hit her 31st double to pass Bourke's previous mark of 30, and has extended her record to 35.
Entering this weekend Kreiger is fourth in runs scored (110), sixth in games started (176), eighth in games played (186), hits (139), RBI (63) and ninth in at-bats (471).
Serrano Provides Some Punch
After not playing in Friday's opener, Serrano got the start Saturday and responded with a career-best three hits in a 3-for-4 effort with an RBI double. She followed that by going 1-for-2 in Sunday's finale.
Serrano has enjoyed a strong second year in Boise after batting .200 as a freshman in 2014. This year she is batting .305, having started 27 of 39 games in which she's appeared, along with three doubles and 11 RBI.
In Albuquerque, Ketelsleger hit her third home run of the season, drove in three runs and scored four more while Sullivan smacked a pair of doubles.
This year, Sullivan has been one of Boise State's top power hitters, ranking second on the team with six home runs and 30 RBI and leading the squad with 13 doubles. Ketelsleger, meanwhile, is batting .281 and second on the team with 43 hits and third with 11 doubles and 26 RBI.
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