Broncos Head To Albuquerque
May 10, 2017
Boise State (27-18, 9-12 MW) at New Mexico (20-27, 6-15 MW)
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)
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
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
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
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
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
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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