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Weekend Schedule

Friday vs. BYU - 9 a.m. (at SDSU)
Friday vs. Long Beach State - 4:30 p.m. (at SDSU)
Saturday vs. No. 12/10 UCLA - 11:30 a.m. (at USD)
Saturday at San Diego - 2 p.m. (at USD)
Sunday vs. Utah State - 9 a.m. (at SDSU)
*All Times Pacific

Boise State Softball Game Notes



Boise State softball travels to the San Diego Classic I March 1-3, co-hosted by San Diego State and San Diego. The Broncos will play five games at the tournament.

Boise State's opening day at the tournament is Friday, with games against BYU and Long Beach State. The Broncos and Cougars play at 9 a.m. (PT) and they will take the field against the 49ers at 4:30 p.m. (PT). Both games will be played at SDSU Softball Stadium.

The Broncos will play another twinbill Saturday, with both games taking place at the USD Softball Complex. At 11:30 a.m. (PT) Boise State will meet No. 12/10 UCLA for the second time in program history. The Bruins won 4-1 last season (Feb. 17), also in San Diego. The Broncos and co-host Toreros will face off at 2 p.m. (PT), the third meeting in a week between the teams.

The tournament closes Sunday with Boise State taking on former-WAC foe and future Mountain West member Utah State. The contest against the Aggies is slated for 9 a.m. (PT) at the SDSU Softball Complex.

Boise State has plenty of history with all five of its opponents at the San Diego Classic I. The Broncos will be looking for their first all-time win against BYU (0-2) and UCLA (0-1). Long Beach State owns a 5-1 lead in the series and has won the last four meetings. The Broncos and Toreros have each won four games in the series, including splitting two games last weekend. Boise State has an 8-2 advantage against Utah State.

All five games can be followed via live stats at BroncoSports.com. Links are available on the softball schedule page.

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 went 2-3 at each of the first two tournaments of the season before a 3-1 mark at the Amy S. Harrison Classic Feb. 22-24, evened their season record.

Boise State has gotten 47 starts out of its freshmen, starting at least three freshmen in each game. Another 13 starts have come from transfers.

Despite all of the new faces, the Broncos have been led early on by a few familiar names. Senior Holly Bourke boasts the top batting average at .385. Bourke also leads the team with 10 walks drawn for a .500 on-base percentage.

Junior Devon Bridges is once again the biggest  run-producing threat in the Boise State order. Bridges leads the team with 16 hits, including a team-best three home runs. Her 16 RBI not only lead the team, but are twice as many as the next highest Bronco in the category.

That next Bronco in terms of RBI is freshman Sarah Barnes with eight driven in. Barnes has 11 hits on the year, including four in Boise State's Feb. 24 game against San Diego. Barnes has two home runs on the year and seven walks as her .344 average and .462 on-base percentage are both second on the squad.

The pitching staff is led by junior transfer Rebecca Patton's 5-2 record and 3.53 earned run average. Patton went 2-0 with a 0.54 ERA in 13 innings last weekend at the tournament in Riverside, Calif., on her way to earning Mountain West Pitcher of the Week honors. Patton has tossed 39.2 innings this season with 32 strikeouts and 10 walks.

Senior Lela Work and sophomore Kenzie Cole have also shared time in the circle. Cole has pitched 30.2 innings and has a 2-3 record. Work is 0-2 with one save in 20 innings.

Work has walked just four batters over her eight appearances and opponents are hitting .250 off her.

Tara Glover leads the team with nine runs scored and is hitting .313 with 15 hits. Glover has three multi-hit games as she tries to get back to last season's form when she batted .476 and led the country with 88 hits during the regular season.

Scouting Reports
BYU
The Cougars enter the tournament 5-10, but lost seven of their last nine games. Previous to the slide, BYU knocked off then-No. 20 Hawai'i 4-2. All-America shortstop J.C. Clayton is batting .442 and has scored 10 runs. Hannah Howell and Tori Almond have split the starts in the circle, carrying earned run averages of 3.42 and 3.53, respectively.
All-Time Series: BYU leads 2-0
Boise State Streak: L 2

Long Beach State
The 49ers tote a 7-6 mark into San Diego despite being outscored on the season 73-61.They are led at the plate by Karli Sandoval who is batting .314 with 11 hits. Five of Sandoval's base hits have left the park as she is slugging .743 and has 14 RBI. In the circle, Erin Jones-Wesley is the staff ace. Jones-Wesley is 4-4 in her eight starts. Over 44.2 innings she has strick out 59 and owns a 3.92 ERA.
All-Time Series: LBSU leads 5-1
Boise State Streak: L 4

No. 12/10 UCLA
The Bruins are 13-2 on the year, but dropped a mid-week game against Cal State Fullerton before arriving in San Diego. UCLA's B.B. Bates, who was named the national player of the week by multiple outlets earlier this season , is batting .356 with 11 home runs and 25 RBI in just 15 games. Bates has 16 hits this season, 12 for extra bases. Ally Carda has seen the most time in the circle with 50 innings pitched and a 2.24 ERA. Carda is 8-1 with 62 strikeouts to 23 walks.
All-Time Series: UCLA leads 1-0
Boise State Streak: L 1

San Diego
The Toreros are 6-6 after going 3-2 at the Amy S. Harrison Classic last week in Riverside, Calif. San Diego split a pair of games against Boise State during the tournament. Lauren Tomey is the top batter with 16 hits for a .400 average. Tomey was 4-for-7 against the Broncos. Cassidy Coleman has pitched 42.2 innnigs with a 1.64 ERA and 50 strikeouts.
All-Time Series: Tied 4-4
Boise State Streak: L 1

Utah State
The Aggies are still seeking their first win of the season, entering the tournament with a 0-15 mark. Kassandra Uchida is the only Aggie hitting above .300. Uchida's average is at .316 on 12 hits. As a team, Utah State is batting .171 and has scored 19 runs in 15 games. Opponents have a combined .467 on-base percentage and have scored 92 runs. Mandy Harmon is the top pitcher on the staff, starting nine games and throwing a team-high 38.1 innings with a 6.94 ERA.
All-Time Series: Boise State leads 8-2
Boise State Streak: W 1

Last Time Out

Boise State went 3-1 at the Amy S. Harrison Classic Feb. 22-24, in Riverside, Calif. The Broncos won the first three games of the tournament before dropping the finale, beating Weber State and UC Riverside and splitting a pair of games with San Diego.

Rebecca Patton led the way for Boise State, going 2-0 with a 0.54 earned run average in 13 innings over three appearances in the circle. Patton struck out 16, walked three and allowed one run on the weekend, earning Mountain West Pitcher of the Week honors for her efforts.

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.

Patton Pitcher of the Week
Redshirt junior Rebecca Patton was named Mountain West Pitcher of the Week for the week ending Feb. 24. Patton appeared in three games for Boise State at the Amy S. Harrison Classic Feb. 22-24, hosted by UC Riverside. She made two starts and tossed 13 innings with a 0.54 earned run average en route to a 2-0 record. She tossed a shutout Feb. 23 against San Diego with no walks and six strikeouts. Patton was a three-time Big West Pitcher of the Week while at Cal Poly.

Killer Bs
Barnes, Bourke and Bridges have become a lethal combination for the Bronco offense. The trio leads the way for Boise State in nearly every offensive category. Senior Holly Bourke has the top batting average at .385 and has reached base in half of her trips to the plate. Freshman Sarah Barnes is second on the team with a .344 average. Barnes leads the way with a .563 slugging percentage as two of her 11 hits are home runs. Junior Devon Bridges paces the Broncos in home runs (three) and RBI (16), while her .340 batting average is third on the team.

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.

Consistent Makenna
Freshman Makenna Weir is riding a six-game hitting streak and has reached base safely in her last nine games. Weir is hitting .333 for the year and has drawn six walks to reach base at a .455 clip. She has hit well in nearly all situations. The freshman is hitting .364 with two outs five of her seven RBI have come with two away. Weir's average is the same whether runners are on base or not and she has a hit in her only plate appearance with the bases loaded.

Brilliant Hitting Per-FOUR-mances
Senior Holly Bourke and freshman Sarah Barnes have each tied the single-game school record with four hits this season. Bourke's four-hit game came Feb. 17, against Rutgers in 4-for-4 fashion. It was the second four-hit game of her career, becoming the second Bronco in school history to accomplish the feat twice (Laeha Hill). Barnes duplicated the effort with a 4-for-4 game of her own Feb. 24, against San Diego. She became the second Bronco freshman with four hits in a game. Her game also included a home run, making her the second Bronco to have a four-hit game include a homer.

Bourke Getting Aboard
Senior Holly Bourke has a .500 on-base percentage for the season. Bourke has 15 hits and has drawn 10 walks. She has reached safely in 16 of her last 24 plate appearances, starting Feb. 16 at UTSA. The span included a streak of reaching in seven-straight plate appearances between Feb. 17 and 22. That streak was started by a 4-for-4 game Feb. 17 against Rutgers.

Cole Making Quick Work of Opposition
Sophomore Kenzie Cole has pitched in 31 innings this season, retiring the side in order in 11 of them. Cole has retired at least six-consecutive batters five different times this year. 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.

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