Feb. 24, 2015
|Long Beach Louisville Slugger Invitational|
Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 26-28
Feb. 26 - Mayfair Park (Lakewood, Calif.)
vs. Wichita State (7-7) - Noon MT
vs. Seattle University (5-9) - 2:30 p.m. MT
Feb. 27 - 49er Softball Complex (Long Beach, Calif.)
vs. Portland State (4-6) - 12:30 p.m. MT
vs. Weber State (5-5) - 3 p.m. MT
Feb. 28 - Anderson Family Field (Fullerton, Calif.)
at Cal State Fullerton (9-6) - 3:30 p.m. MT
BOISE, Idaho - Boise State begins a stretch of spending three of the next four weekend in California Thursday, heading to Southern California for the Long Beach Louisville Slugger Invitational. The Broncos open action Thursday against Wichita State (noon MT) and Seattle University (2:30 p.m. MT) at Mayfair Park in nearby Lakewood.
Action continues with another doubleheader Friday at Long Beach State's 49er Softball Complex. There, Boise State takes on Portland State at 12:30 p.m. MT followed at 3 p.m. MT with a game against Weber State.
The Broncos then head to Orange County for Saturday's finale, visiting Cal State Fullerton for a 3:30 p.m. MT contest.
Against This Weekend's Opposition
Boise State has previously met all of this weekend's opponents in its history, and will see Seattle University, Portland State and Cal State Fullerton each for the second time this season.
The Broncos defeated Seattle University, 9-5, at the Wilson/DeMarini Desert Classic in Henderson, Nev. back on Feb. 14, while later that day falling 10-6 to Portland State. The day before, Boise State dropped a 15-4, six-inning decision to Cal State Fullerton.
Thursday's opener against Wichita State will be the first meeting between the two schools 2012, with Boise State leading the all-time series 2-1. Friday's contest against Weber State is the first of three matchups between the teams over the next two weekends, as the Broncos and Wildcats will meet twice next weekend at the Springhill Suites Invitational in Boise.
About The Opposition
Wichita State enters the weekend even at 7-7 on the season, and is led by the play of Brittany Forster (.395, two HR, eight RBI) and Cacy Williams (.313, two HR, 11 RBI).
Seattle University is 5-9, with Bubba Morrow leading the Redhawks with a .421 batting average, six home runs and 13 RBi.
Portland State is 4-6, paced by Lexi Goranson (.292, five RBI) and Shae Nelson (.263, four RBI).
Weber State (5-5) has dropped two of its past three heading into this weekend. Molly Horne leads the Wildcats with a .538 batting average, two home runs and six RBI.
Saturday's opponent, Cal State Fullerton (9-6), is led by Courtney Rodriguez (.469, nine RBI) and Missy Taukeiaho (.429, six HR, 12 RBI).
Last Week's Outings
Boise State went 1-4 last weekend at the Diamond Devil Invitational in Tempe, Ariz.
The Broncos hung tough with a pair of ranked teams in No. 15/14 Minnesota and No. 19/21 Arizona State but ended up falling to defeat. Friday, the Broncos trailed Minnesota 3-2 in the fourth inning before errors allowed the Golden Gophers to pull away for an 8-3 win. Later that day, the Broncos puled to within a run of Arizona State in the seventh and had the tying run on second before falling just short.
Boise State dropped tough decision to New Mexico State (4-3) and Minnesota (8-4) Saturday before salvaging the weekend with a 7-6, eight-inning win over Indiana State.
This weekend's trip to Long Beach and Fullerton begins a stretch in which the Broncos will spend three of the next four weekends in California.
After this weekend's action, Boise State stays home from March 6-8 to host the Springhill Suites Invitational, then spends the next two weekend in the Golden State, first returning to Fullerton for the Easton Tournament from March 13-14 and a doubleheader at CSU Bakersfield on March 15. The Broncos will conclude the stretch with a trip to San Jose State for the opening series of Mountain West play from March 20-22.
Stepping Up In Tempe
Junior outfield Kayla Clausen started three of Boise State's five games last weekend and was one of the team's bright spots, going 6-for-11 (.545) with two doubles, her first home run of the season and three RBI.
Clausen went 2-for-3 with a double and home run in Sunday's 7-6, eight-inning win over Indiana State, while the day before she doubled and scored a run against No. 15/14 Minnesota.
Her performance in Tempe upped her batting average to a team-leading .450, while she is now tied for fourth on the team with nine hits.
Take Advantage Of The Opportunity
Another Bronco that took advantage of increased playing time this past weekend was sophomore outfielder Izzy Serrano. The Garden Grove, Calif. native started the final two games of the weekend against Minnesota and Indiana State, and went a combined 4-for-6 with an RBI.
Serrano went 2-for-3 and drove in a run against the Golden Gophers, and again went 2-for-3, this time with a walk as well, in the win over Indiana State. She had driven in a run Saturday morning as well, knocking a pinch-hit RBI single against New Mexico State. For the weekend, Serrano went 5-for-7 with a pair of RBI and a walk.
Freshman Makenzie Sullivan became the latest rookie to shine for Boise State, batting .375 (6-for-16) with two doubles, two home runs and five RBI last weekend in Tempe.
Sullivan opened the weekend by going 2-for-3 with a two-run home run against No. 15/14 Minnesota, and closed it with her second home run of the weekend in another 2-for-3, two-RBI performance that this time also included a double.
Sullivan now leads the team with 16 runs batted in and six doubles while sharing the lead with three home runs (with Devon Bridges). She is tied for second on the team with 15 hits.
Redshirt senior first baseman Devon Bridges continued her march towards the top of numerous Boise State career hitting records this past weekend. The Danville, Calif. native batted .294 with a pair of doubles and two walks over the five games.
One of the top hitters in program history, Bridges is already Boise State's all-time leader in six offensive categories including home runs (46), RBI (161) and slugging percentage (.691), while also sitting second with a career batting average of .379. With her five hits in Tempe, Bridges now needs just 16 to supplant Glover (216) atop the program's career list as well as 96 at-bats to pass Holly Bourke's (2010-13) Bronco career record of 625.
Already this season Bridges has twice matched the Boise State single-game record of four hits. She first pulled off the feat Feb. 8 at North Texas, then again against Portland State Feb. 14. Bridges now has three four-hit games in her career, matching Tara Glover (2012-14) for the most four-hit games as a Bronco.