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Friday vs. Rutgers - 9 a.m.
Friday vs. Missouri State - 11:30 a.m.
Saturday vs. Iowa State - 11:30 a.m.
Saturday at UTSA - 7 p.m.
Sunday vs. Rutgers - 9 a.m.
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Boise State Softball Game Notes
Boise State softball continues its early-season road trip with five games in San Antonio, Friday through Sunday, at the UTSA Classic. The Broncos will play two games against Rutgers and one each against Missouri State, Iowa State and UTSA. All of the games will be played at Roadrunner Field.
A live audio stream of all five games can be heard at BroncoSports.com. Live stats will also be available for each game at BroncoSports.com and real-time updates will be provided throughout the tournament on twitter @BroncoSportsSB.
The tournament field at the UTSA Classic offers a look at some unfamiliar opponents for Boise State. The Broncos enter the weekend with a combined record of 1-0 all-time against the four teams they will share the diamond with. Boise State defeated UTSA 5-3, last season in Boise.
The Broncos open and close the weekend with Rutgers. The teams will face off Friday at 9 a.m. (CT) and Sunday at 9 a.m. (CT). The first meeting will be Rutgers' season opener.
The opening day of the tournament also pits Boise State against Missouri State at 2 p.m. (CT). The Bears enter the weekend 1-4.
Boise State will also play two games Saturday, once in the morning and once under the lights. The Broncos face Iowa State (4-1) at 11:30 a.m. (CT) and later, at 7 p.m. (CT), take on host UTSA.
This is just the second trip to the state of Texas in program history. Boise State went 1-4 during a tournament at Texas Tech March 5-7, 2010.
About the Broncos
Boise State softball is in its fifth season and second in the Mountain West. Head coach Erin Thorpe and the Broncos bring back five starters among the 10 returning letterwinners from their 2012 squad that went 34-20 and finished second in the Mountain West.
The Broncos will count on production from 10 newcomers this season, eight freshmen and two transfers. Juniors Brittany McCray (catcher) and Rebecca Patton (pitcher) will add experience to the Bronco lineup. A talented freshman crop is headlined by high school All-American Ashley Palmer.
Boise State returns its most experience in the outfield. Bourke, Bridges and Glover all started at least 47 games in the outfield during 2012.
Glover started all 54 games in center field and led the Broncos in nearly every offensive statistical category on her way to being named Boise State's first All-American. She will again roam center where she made 58 putouts last season.
Bridges, who started 97 games in right field during her first two seasons, is expected to shift predominantly to first base but could be counted on to play outfield yet again. A 2011 All-Pacific Region selection, Bridges has led the Broncos in home runs each of her first two seasons. With one already this year, she is just six homers away from the career record.
Bourke entered her senior year with a pair of 50-hit seasons under her belt. A career .298 hitter, she looks to rebound from hitting .232 as a junior. With a strong senior season, Bourke will threaten many of the career offensive records. She started hot with six hits in Tempe.
Mackenzie Whyte is set to anchor what will otherwise be a young and inexperienced infield. Whyte has made 97 starts at shortstop and is a career .270 hitter.
Sophomore Jordan Kreiger brings back the next most experience on the infield. Kreiger started 29 games as a freshman between second, third and short. She started 11 of the final 14 games at third base. In 10 apperances, nine starts, during MW games Kreiger hit .455 with one home run and two doubles, playing a flawless third base with 11 putouts and 14 assists in 25 chances.
The biggest hole to fill for the 2013 Broncos is in the pitching circle. Senior Lela Work started two games during the opening weekend, dropping both decisions. Patton also started two games, winning once in complete-game fashion. Sophomore Kenzie Cole pitched 11 innings over two games, including a complete-game win.
The Scarlet Knights will open their 2013 campaign at the UTSA Classic. Rutgers, under seventh-year head coach Jay Nelson, returns seven starters from a team that went 26-28 last season finishing seventh in the BIG EAST. Sophomore pitcher Alyssa Landrith posted a 2.28 ERA in 202.2 innings, finishing the year with an 18-12 record. Landrith was named the BIG EAST Rookie of the Year after leading the Scarlet Knights to their third-consecutive conference tournament, a program first. Chandler Howard hit .279 as a freshman in 2012, the top batting average among returning players. Rutgers finished last season with a team batting average of .235 and a team ERA of 3.23.
All-Time Series: First Meeting
The Bears dropped their first four games of the season, but recovered to win the finale against Butler at the Georgia Tech-Kennesaw State Invitational Feb. 8-10, in Atlanta. Senior Stevie Pierce was named the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week after opening the season with three home runs and eight RBI in five games. Sophomore pitcher Chelsea Jones appeared in four games with three starts, registering complete games in each. Jones allowed 20 runs (all earned) in her 21 innings, striking out eight and walking eight. In the win against the Bulldogs she scattered nine hits to concede just two runs.
All-Time Series: First Meeting
The Cyclones went 4-1 to start the season Feb. 8-10, during their home tournament, the Cyclone Invitational. They picked up wins against South Dakota State, Indiana State and two against North Dakota, including freshman Riley Fisher's no-hitter on the tournament's final day. Leadoff hitter Sarah Hawryluk batted .500 for the weekend with two triples and seven runs scored. Iowa State outscored its opponents 42-15 in the five games and is hitting .364 as a team.
All-Time Series: First Meeting
The Roadrunners opened the season losing their first two games, but took the series finale against Lamar. UTSA outhit the Cardinals 28-13, but dropped the first two games by a combined three runs. Sophomore Vivian Tijerina started the season 5-for-8 with the home runs. Sophomore Courtney Buchman has driven in six runs. Junior transfer Jolene Graham is yet to allow a hit in her eight innings of work, but has walked 10. The Broncos defeated UTSA 5-3 last season in Boise,
All-Time Series: Boise State leads 1-0
Boise State Streak: W 1
Last Time Out
Boise State opened the 2013 season going 2-3 at the Kajikawa Classic Feb. 8-10, in Tempe, Ariz. The Broncos dropped their season opener, rebounded for a pair of wins Saturday, and fell twice Sunday in two games against top-five opponents.
The Broncos lost 2-1 against Portland State in their first game of the year, dropping their season opener for the first time since 2009. Senior Lela Work pitched a complete-game three-hitter but allowed two home runs to take the loss.
Boise State picked up wins against Northwestern (11-3) and Stephen F. Austin (8-4) on the season's second day. The Broncos pounded three home runs against the Wildcats. Freshmen Ashley Palmer and Sarah Barnes hit back-to-back homers in a six-run fifth inning to blow the game open. It was the first-career hit for each Palmer and Barnes. Junior Devon Bridges also homered. Senior Holly Bourke drove in three runs.
Junior transfer Rebecca Patton pitched a complete-game against Northwestern to earn her first win as a Bronco. Sophomore Kenzie Cole followed Patton's performance with a complete-game victory of her own. Cole retired 16 of 17 Ladyjacks at one point.
Junior Tara Glover led the offense in the nightcap, tallying three hits. Boise State's 19 runs in the two games Saturday, are the most on a single date since also scoring 19 runs in a doubleheader against Louisiana Tech April 9, 2011, in Boise.
The Broncos dropped a 9-1 decision to No. 5/6 Oregon in six innings Sunday. The Ducks took a 6-0 lead after two innings and never looked back. The Broncos stranded six runners in the game.
Two Arizona State pitchers combined to keep Boise State hitless as the No. 4/4 Sun Devils rolled to a 10-0, six-inning, run-rule victory. It is the fourth time Boise State has been no-hit and the first time since the inaugural 2009 season.
Broncos Picked Fourth in Preseason Poll
The Mountain West head coaches picked Boise State to finish fourth in the conference...The Broncos received one first-place vote and 23 total points to finish behind defending champion San Diego State (35), Colorado State (28) and newcomer Fresno State (26). Boise State placed ahead of New Mexico (15), UNLV (12) and first-year member Nevada (eight points)...Boise State was picked to finish third in last season's poll. The Broncos finished 8-4 in league play to take second, one game out of first place.
Glover Tabbed One to Watch
Tara Glover was named to the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Watch List. It is the second-straight year Boise State has been represented on the prominent list, recognizing the top 50 returning softball student-athletes in the country. Devon Bridges was selected to the watch list last season. San Diego State junior Hayley Miles also made the cut in 2013, giving the MW multiple student-athletes on the top-50 watch list for the first time in the award's 12-year history. Glover and Miles, the 2012 Mountain West Co-Players of the Year, are the sixth and seventh student-athletes in Mountain West history named to the watch list.
Memorable First Hits
Freshmen Ashley Palmer and Sarah Barnes hit back-to-back home runs Feb. 9, against Northwestern. Not only were they the first home runs of their collegiate careers, for each of them it was their first-career hits...Palmer and Barnes are the first Broncos to homer for their first-career hits.
Patton Makes Bronco Debut
Redshirt junior Rebecca Patton made her Bronco debut Feb. 9, against Northwestern starting in the circle. It was Patton's first appearance since March 11, 2012, while at Cal Poly...Patton went on to pick up a complete-game win, her first victory since March 10, 2012, and first complete game since March 2, 2012.
Cole Making Quick Work of Opposition
Sophomore Kenzie Cole has pitched 11 innings this season, retiring the side in order in six of them. In Cole's season debut Feb. 9, against Stephen F. Austin she sat down 16 of 17 batters from the end of the first inning through the sixth...She needed just four pitches to sit down the Ladyjacks in the fifth and five pitches to get three outs in the sixth...Cole threw six pitches in a perfect fourth inning against No. 5/6 Oregon, Feb. 10.
CSM.com Pegs Four Preseason All-MW
Tara Glover and Devon Bridges were selected to the CollegeSportsMadness.com preseason All-Mountain West First Team, both as outfielders. Lela Work and Jordan Kreiger were recognized as preseason second-team selections by the outlet. Work at pitcher and Kreiger at utility.
Glover's 2012 NFCA Honors
Tara Glover took home a slew of awards and honors at season's end, the most impressive coming from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. Glover earned a spot on the NFCA All-America Third Team, becoming the first All-American in program history. She was also named to the NFCA All-Pacific Region Second Team, giving Boise State an all-region performer in each of its first four seasons.
Gone From 2012
The 2013 Broncos will not only be replacing five starters, but six members of Boise State softball's original recruiting class. The departing class of Kellie Caplan, Christina Capobianco, Allie Crump, Kelly Sweeney, Tazz Weatherly and Aubray Zell not only littered their names throughout the record books and led Boise State to 118 wins in the program's first four seasons, but also takes with it an almost irreplaceable amount of game experience.
Of the 220 games in program history, Zell and Crump combined to start 188 of them in the circle. Caplan saw action in 214 games during her career, including 206 starts, both school records. Last season's senior class combined for 869 starts in the batting order.
Plenty of New Faces for 2013
Boise State welcomes 10 new student-athletes to the roster in 2013, eight freshmen and two transfers. Brittany McCray (North Dakota State/Yavapai JC) and Rebecca Patton (Cal Poly), both come to the Broncos with two years of athletic eligibility remaining. Sarah Barnes, Geena Bonilla, Kayla Clausen, Maddy Foster, Riann Melton, Ashley Palmer, Rose Saenz and Makenna Weir all enter their first year of collegiate softball looking to break into a Boise State lineup that will be replacing five starters from a year ago.
Dona Larsen Park Opens in 2013
Boise State moves into a new home for the 2013 season, at Dona Larsen Park. The field is located at 150 South Broadway Avenue. It is also the home site for Boise State Track and Field and high school football....The Broncos open their new home field March 15-17, hosting a tournament with Idaho State, Portland State and Utah State. 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).