Broncos Open Regional Against UW
May 17, 2018 

Boise State (40-14, 18-6 MW) at No. 5/5 Washington (44-8, 15-8 Pac-12)
Husky Softball Stadium | Seattle, Wash.
May 18, 2018

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BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State softball team will make the program's debut at the NCAA Tournament, opening the Seattle Regional with a matchup against No. 5 Washington, Friday at Husky Softball Stadium.

TICKETS: Tickets for the Regional are available at the Washington athletic website.

VIDEO: The Broncos will be making their debut on ESPN, with the game airing at 9:30 p.m. MT on ESPNU. The last time Boise State played live on national television, was in 2013 at San Diego State on the now defunct Mtn.

DOUBLE-ELIMINATION: The NCAA softball Regional is a double-elimination, meaning the Broncos are guaranteed two games on the weekend. If Boise State defeats Washington, they will play the winner of Texas-Minnesota on Saturday at 3 p.m. MT, with the television network to be announced. If the Broncos lose on Friday, they will play the loser of Texas-Minnesota on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. MT.

SERIES HISTORY: This will be the fourth all-time meeting between Boise State and Washington, and second in Seattle. The Huskies lead the all-time series 3-0. The two teams last played each other March 4, 2016 at Washington, with the home team winning 12-1 in five innings.

NFCA ALL-REGION: Boise State had six members of their team named to the NFCA All-Pacific Region team. Rebekah Cervantes and Kelsey Broadus both were named to the region's second-team, while Ashlyn Adams, Alison Seng, Makenzie Sullivan and Kora Wade were named to the third-team. 

CRASHING THE PARTY: In its 10th year in existence, Boise State is making the first-ever appearance at the NCAA Tournament in program history, by virtue of securing the Mountain West's automatic qualifier. The Broncos also set program records with their first-ever conference title, and setting program records for wins in a season (40), and conference wins in a season (18).

PTOLEMY WAS WRONG TOO: The Broncos finished six spots ahead of their preseason conference ranking in the coaches' poll (No. 7)  - the largest outperformance for any conference champion in MW softball history. The last time a Mountain West team won the conference after being predicted to finish in the bottom half of the coaches' poll was BYU in 2001, when they were predicted to finish fifth out of six teams.

MAD DASH TO THE FINISH LINE: Since dropping the first two games of the series against UNLV (April 13-15), Boise State has been on an absolute tear to end the season. The Broncos are 13-1 in their final 14 games, including a current six-game win streak, and swept three of their final four series. Boise State outscored its opponents 105-46 to close out the season.

TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN: Boise State's historic season reached new levels with the announcement of the All-Mountain West teams. The Broncos placed a record six-players on the all-conference teams - including a record four on the first-team. Additionally, Rebekah Cervantes became the second Broncos to be named conference Player of the Year (Tara Glover, 2012), while Kelsey Broadus and Cindy Ball were named Pitcher of the Year and Coach of the Year, respectively, the first time Boise State has received either of those honors. Alison Seng also followed in Cervantes' footsteps by becoming the second Bronco to be named Mountain West Freshman of the Year.

SWING, BATTER, SWING: The Bronco offense has been on a record-setting pace all season long. In 2018, the Broncos have set school records for batting average (.358), slugging percentage (.541), on-base percentage (.418), and doubles (95). Boise State's 376 runs on the season surpassed the previous record of 311 in a single-season set by the 2010 squad. In addition, the Broncos lead the nation in batting average (.358), doubles per game (1.76) and scoring (6.96).

WE ARE WHAT'S NEXT: The Broncos are in the midst of a historic turnaround. After going a combined 26-80 in the first two years (2015-16) of Cindy Ball's tenure as head coach, the Broncos have gone a combined 73-34 the past two seasons. Following two consecutive last-place finishes in the Mountain West, the Broncos broke through by rising to sixth in the conference standings in 2017, followed by this season's conference title.

SHE'S GOING TO THE QUAD!: Senior Madison Anthony, a transfer from Oregon State, has reached base in the past 21-straight games, the highest-active streak on the team during the 2018 season. Anthony has recorded a hit in her past five games, and set a Boise State single-season record for doubles in a season with 18 this year.

ROAD WARRIORS: Despite posting the highest home-win total since 2014, the Broncos have achieved most of their success on the road this season. Boise State is 18-2 on the season in true road games in 2018, and has posted a 12-7 record in neutral-site games.

RETURN TO UNION BAY: This weekend's Regional will be a return to Washington for head coach Cindy Ball. Ball served as a pitching coach for the Huskies from 2011-12 before leaving to take an assistant coaching job at CSU-Northridge. The Broncos and Huskies also did battle in a fall scrimmage this past fall.

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