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BOISE, Idaho- Boise State softball announced its 2013 schedule Monday, a slate that includes four weekends of play at Dona Larsen Park, the new home of the Broncos. Boise State will play at least 17 games against 2012 NCAA Tournament teams.
The Broncos open their new home field March 15-17, hosting a tournament with Idaho State, Portland State and Utah State. The schedule for the weekend will be announced at a later date. Dona Larsen Park will also host a trio of three-game Mountain West series against San Diego State (April 19-21), Colorado State (April 26-28) and Nevada (May 9-11).
The fifth season of Bronco softball begins Feb. 8-10, at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz., against a loaded field. Boise State will play five games at the season-opening tournament, four against 2012 postseason participants. The weekend concludes with a Sunday doubleheader against Oregon and Arizona State, two teams which reached last season's College World Series.
Boise State will face seven first-time opponents in 2013, including a three-game series against Arizona March 8-9, in Tucson, Ariz. The series breaks up a stretch of early-season tournament appearances for the Broncos, including stops in San Antonio (Feb. 15-17); Riverside, Calif. (Feb. 22-24); San Diego (March 1-3); and Las Vegas (March 23-24).
At the San Diego Classic I March 1-3, the Broncos will play BYU, Long Beach State and UCLA in consecutive games- all three teams return from the NCAA Tournament last season. The contests against postseason foes continue March 23-24 in Las Vegas, with two games against Texas Tech and two games against Tulsa.
A doubleheader at Southern Utah March 26, marks the end of Boise State's nonconference schedule. The Mountain West season starts April 5-7, at New Mexico.
The following weekend the Broncos travel to Fresno State. The Bulldogs may be newcomers to the Mountain West, but there is plenty of history between the teams. Over the past eight meetings between the former Western Athletic Conference rivals, each school has won four games with seven of them being decided by one run.
The Broncos' final conference road trip is scheduled for May 3-5, at UNLV.
The Mountain West does not have a conference tournament and the regular-season champion will earn the league's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. Boise State finished tied for second last season with an 8-4 record in MW play.