Broncos Head To Albuquerque
May 10, 2017

Boise State (27-18, 9-12 MW) at New Mexico (20-27, 6-15 MW)
Lobo Softball Field | Albuquerque, N.M.
Thursday-Saturday (May 11-13)

Thursday (May 13) - 5 p.m. (Watch Live)

Friday (May 14) - 6:30 p.m. (Watch Live)

Saturday (May 15) - 10 a.m. (Watch Live)

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BOISE, Idaho - Boise State (27-18, 9-12 MW) closes the 2017 regular season this Thursday-Saturday at New Mexico (20-27, 6-15 MW). Thursday’s opener is set for a 5 p.m. first pitch, with Friday’s contest set for 6:30 p.m. and Saturday’s finale set for a 10 a.m. start.

About The Opposition
New Mexico (20-27, 6-15 MW) has dropped 12 of its last 13 decisions and eight in a row heading into this weekend’s series with Boise State.

The Lobos are led at the plate by Chelsea Johnson, who leads the team in batting (.393) and home runs (seven) while also having 10 doubles and 28 RBIs. Jasmine Casados (.388, 13 doubles, four HRs, 38 RBIs) and Michala Erickson (.319, six doubles, six HRs, 26 RBIs) also provide pop for New Mexico.

In the circle, Tess McPherson is 8-12 with a 4.51 ERA and 66 strikeouts.

New Mexico leads the all-time series against Boise State, 8-7.

Last Time Out
Boise State won its third Mountain West series of the season and first since April 7-9 when it took two of three from Nevada during Senior Weekend at Dona Larsen Park.

After splitting the first two games of the series, the teams played a wild, back-and-forth finale which ended in storybook fashion for Bronco senior Izzy Serrano.

With a runner on and one out in the eighth inning of a 5-5 game, Serrano stepped into the box and slammed a walk-off, two-run homer in her final home game to give the Bronco the 7-5, series-clinching win. For Serrano, one of just two four-year seniors on the Bronco roster, the homer also capped a Senior Day in which she went 3-for-4 with three RBIs.

Among The National Leaders
Boise State has produced some big numbers on both offense and defense, and gotten the Broncos among the national leaders in numerous categories.

Through May 9, Boise State ranked 17th in batting (.317) and 12th in double plays per game (0.53).

Individually, Rebekah Cervantes is 40th in batting average (.414).

In the circle, freshman Kelsey Broadus ranks 14th in strikeouts per seven innings pitched (9.2), 38th in hits per seven innings (4.83) and 18th in the country with four saves.

Walk It Off, Izzy
Senior Weekend couldn’t have ended any better for senior Izzy Serrano, one of just two four-year seniors on the Bronco roster. On Senior Day (Sunday), Serrano went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs, with her home run a two-run, walk-off shot that gave the Broncos the 7-5 win in eight innings. For Serrano, the home run was just the fourth of her career, and the first she has hit at Dona Larsen Park, Boise State’s home field.

This year, Serrano has been the model of leadership for the Broncos, and on the field she has been one of the team’s most consistent hitters, batting .313 on the year with 46 hits (fourth on the team). She has turned up the production in conference play, sharing the team lead in batting (.353) and hits (24) with sophomore Rebekah Cervantes.

Cervantes And Serrano Lead The Way
Boise State’s nine wins in Mountain West play this season are its most since winning 14 in 2014. The Broncos’ program best for most conference wins in a season is 15, set in the WAC in 2011.

Senior Izzy Serrano and junior Rebekah Cervantes have been the biggest reasons for this improvement in 2017, as the pair tops the Bronco offense over the 21 Mountain West games with matching batting averages of .353 and 24 hits apiece. Cervantes shares the team lead in home runs during conference play with three, and leads the team in RBIs (15) and slugging percentage (.529).

Serrano, meanwhile, has been among the Broncos’ top table-setters in conference play, scoring 12 runs to rank second on the team (Cervantes is third with 11 runs) along with a pair of doubles, a home run and five RBIs, showing power from the No. 2 spot in the lineup.


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