Busy Slate for Final Home Weekend
May 9, 2018

Boise State (37-14, 15-6 MW) vs New Mexico (14-36, 7-14 MW)
Dona Larsen Park | Boise, Idaho
May 10-12

Thursday- 4 p.m. MT | Live Stats | Live Stream
Friday- 4 p.m. MT | Live Stats | Live Stream
Saturday- Noon MT | Live Stats | Live Stream

Weekly Notes

BOISE, Idaho –
Entering the final weekend of the regular season, the Boise State softball team is looking to close out the 2018 season and honor this year’s four seniors in historic fashion. The Broncos enter this weekend’s series against New Mexico (14-36, 7-14) in first place in the Mountain West, eying the first NCAA Tournament bid in program history.

SENIOR DAY: Boise State will honor seniors Madison Anthony, Shaelee Pearson, Paige Reimann and Makenzie Sullivan this weekend, with a postgame celebration immediately following Saturday’s season finale.

TICKETS & PROMOTIONS: It will be a busy weekend at Dona Larsen Park, with Boise State’s first-ever Bark in the Park event. For the only time this season, dogs will be allowed at Dona Larsen Park, with the first 50 pooches receiving a free Boise State dog bandana. Fans are limited to one dog per person, and all dogs must have an up-to-date shot record with them. More information can be found here.

In honor of Senior Weekend, senior citizens (62+) will receive discounted tickets for $3. Saturday will also be an early Mother’s Day Special, with all mothers receiving a $3 reduced ticket for Saturday’s game. General tickets will be available for $6 for adults, $4 for children (2-17), and free for Boise State students with a valid ID. A Bronco Sports Pass grants fans entry to all gymnastics, track and field, track and field, volleyball, soccer and softball events, and are available for $75.

PARKING: Limited parking will be available at Dona Larsen Park for $5 on a first-come, first-serve basis. Free parking will be available on the East side of Albertson’s Stadium, with a free shuttle taking fans to and from Dona Larsen Park, starting 90 minutes before the start of each game. The shuttle will pick up fans at the stairs of the East side of the stadium, by Entrance N.

SERIES HISTORY: Boise State leads the all-time series against New Mexico, 10-8, dating back to 2012. The Broncos have won four-straight over the Lobos, including a sweep last season in Albuquerque, in which the Broncos outscored New Mexico 17-1. Boise State is also boasts a 6-3 advantage over the Lobos when playing in Boise.

SCOUTING REPORT: In the first year under the direction of head coach Paula Congleton, New Mexico has already surpassed their Mountain West win total from last season entering the final weekend of this season. New Mexico comes into town coming off a series win over San Diego State last weekend.  At the plate, the Lobos have two players batting over .300 on the season in Chelsea Johnson (.345) and Andrea Howard (.301).

In the circle, first-year pitching coach Megan Betsa – a three-time All-American at Michigan – has helped lead the Lobos’ staff to post more complete games than the team had last season, with 18 on the year. Jensen Main has tossed 152.0 innings this season, striking out 70 batters.

MOUNTAIN WEST IMPLICATIONS: After entering last weekend in third place in the Mountain West, Boise State has a chance to clinch the Mountain West title this weekend. Currently in first with a game lead over San José State, the Broncos need only to win two games this weekend to earn the first conference title in program history. The previous best-finish for Boise State in the Mountain West was a runner-up effort in 2012, and a third-place finish at the 2011 WAC Tournament.

Winning the Mountain West title would also give Boise State the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

HOME, BITTER HOME?: With three of the top four teams in the Mountain West already having visited Dona Larsen Park this season, Boise State is only 7-5 in home games this season, and have posted a losing home record in conference games at 4-5. The series victory over Fresno State (April 27-29), was the first series victory at home for the Broncos, after relying on game three victories against both San José State and UNLV earlier in the year.

CHASING THE FINISH LINE: Since dropping the first two games of the series against UNLV, Boise State has been on a tear to close out the season. The Broncos are 10-1 in their previous 11 games, dating back to an April 15, ninth-inning win over UNLV. In that stretch, Boise State has swept two series, and outscored opponents 79-39.

MANCHA NEARS RECORD: With 12 wins on the season, freshman pitcher Gianna Mancha is a win away from tying Aubray Zell for the most wins by a freshman pitcher in school history. Zell won 13 games in 2009, the first season of the program.

 


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