Broncos Open NISC Tuesday
May 15, 2017
2017 Postseason National Invitational Softball Championship
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BOISE, Idaho - Boise State (30-18) travels to Ogden, Utah, for the Ogden Regional of the first Postseason National Invitational Softball Championship this week. The Broncos take on host Weber State (33-19-1) in its first contest Tuesday at 4 p.m. Also at the Ogden Regional are San Diego (22-22) and Utah State (32-16).
About The Opposition
The Wildcats are led at the plate by Takesha Saltern (.467, 85 hits, nine triples, 21 RBIs) and Sara Hingsberger (.337, 13 doubles, four triples, six HRs, 48 RBIs).
In the circle, Kirtlyn Bohling is 19-12 with a 2.56 ERA and 136 strikeouts.
The Broncos and Wildcats split two meetings previously this season, with the Broncos beating the Wildcats, 7-1, Feb. 17 in Las Vegas, and the Wildcats taking a 6-5 decision in Nampa back on March 5.
Utah State (32-16) finished third in Mountain West play at 14-9. The Aggies, despite leading the conference for much of the season, dropped its final four Mountain West games and were overtaken by San Jose State for the title.
The Aggies, which enter this regional on a five-game losing streak, are led at the plate by Victoria Saucedo (.381, 10 doubles, 10 HRs, 35 RBIs), Riley Plogger (.367, 11 doubles, five HRs, 38 RBIs) and Sarina Jaramillo (.347, 10 doubles, six HRs, 28 RBIs).
In the circle, freshman Kellie White is 17-6 with a 2.58 ERA and 88 strikeouts.
Utah State took two of three in its series with Boise State at Dona Larsen Park back from March 31-April 2.
San Diego (22-22) finished third in the West Coast Conference at 8-7. The Toreros are led by the hitting of Taylor Spence (.415, 59 hits) and Olivia Sandusky (.304, six doubles, seven HRs, 34 RBIs).
In the circle, Megan Sabbatini is 12-13 with a 4.16 ERA and 115 strikeouts.
Boise State and San Diego have split their 10 all-time meetings, with the Toreros capturing the most recent one, beating the Broncos, 2-1, at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz., on Feb. 12, 2016.
Last Time Out
Four Broncos shared the team lead with four hits apiece in the series, but it was senior Corey Hendrickson who swung the big bat, hitting the Broncos' only homer of the series and driving in a team-high four runs.
Senior pitcher Christina Washington went 2-0 in the series, first picking up an 8-0 shutout in Thursday's opener before giving up just one run in Saturday's 4-1 victory. For the weekend, Washington went 13.0 innings with a 0.54 ERA.
Freshman Kelsey Broadus struck out four batters over two innings of work, picking up her fifth save of the season in Saturday's win.
Among The National Leaders
Through May 9, Boise State ranked 16th in batting (.318) and 10th in double plays per game (0.54).
Individually, Rebekah Cervantes is 38th in batting average (.413).
In the circle, freshman Kelsey Broadus ranks 13th in strikeouts per seven innings pitched (9.2) and 18th in the country with five saves.
First Postseason For The Broncos
The 26-team NISC field is broken down into six regional sites with four teams at four of the sites and five teams at two. Georgia State (Atlanta) and Liberty (Lynchburg, Va.) will host the five-team sites, while the remaining host sites are Pacific (Stockton, Calif.), Illinois State (Normal, Ill.), Lamar (Beaumont, Texas) and Weber State.
The six regional winners will move on to the six-team Championship Round, also double elimination, scheduled for May 21-24 at a host site to be determined.
Washington With A Strong Weekend
Washington went 2-0 and allowed just one run over 13.0 innings of work. She opened the series with her fifth shutout of the season in Boise State's 8-0 win, and followed Saturday by allowing just one run in the 4-1 win.
For the year, Washington is 16-9 with a 3.24 ERA and 65 strikeouts.
Cervantes Swinging The Hot Bat
She was also one of the top Bronco performers in conference play, batting .359 with a team-high 28 hits and 17 RBIs while also collecting four doubles and three homers.
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