March 25, 2015
Game Day Info
Tickets: Ticket prices are $6 for adults and $4 for juniors (2-18) and seniors (62+) Friday and Sunday. Boise State students receive free admission with a valid ID card.Bronco Sports Passes are also good for entry to all softball games all season long.
Friday is Kids Day, at which fans can get up to four kids tickets free with the purchase of an adult ticket.
Saturday is Dollar Day, where tickets are just $1 for fans.
Parking: Free parking will be available for softball patrons at two different locations, depending on the day. Parking Friday is in the Bronco Stadium East Lot and a continuous shuttle will be running to Dona Larsen Park. On Saturday and Sunday, parking will be available in the lot at the URS Building at 720 E Park Blvd. Parking at Dona Larsen Park will be on a first-come, first-served basis with a $5 cost all three days.
BOISE, Idaho - Boise State (8-25, 0-3 MW) hosts just its second weekend of action, and first of the Mountain West campaign, at Dona Larsen Park this week. The Broncos take on San Diego State (20-12, 3-0 MW) in a three-game series beginning Friday (March 27) at 4 p.m. MT.
Against San Diego State
Boise State is 4-5 all-time against San Diego State, dating back to 2012. The schools did not meet until Boise State joined the Mountain West in 2012, and since then the Broncos have captured two of the three series which the Broncos and Aztecs have played. However, in the most recent series, the Aztecs swept the Broncos in San Diego from May 8-10.
About The Opposition
San Diego State (20-12, 3-0 MW) opened its Mountain West slate last weekend with a three-game home sweep of UNLV. The Aztecs captured wins of 5-1 and 4-0 in the first two games before completing the sweep with a 7-3 win Sunday.
Aztec senior Kayla Jordan was named Mountain West Player of the Week Monday after batting .556 (10-for-18) with three home runs, six RBI and six runs scored in the sweep of UNLV. On the year, Jordan leads San Diego State with a .413 batting average, 43 hits and 10 doubles while adding four homers and 16 RBI.
In the circle, Erica Romero is 18-9 with a 2.92 ERA, 93 strikeouts and 13 complete games over 30 appearances.
Last Week's Outings
Boise State opened Mountain West play by getting swept last weekend at San Jose State. The Broncos fell to the eight-run mercy rule in each contest, being defeated 9-1, 8-0 and 9-0 during the series.
The Broncos scored a run their first time up Friday, but went scoreless the rest of the way, and only managed nine hits, all singles, for the weekend. Boise State was put into early holes all weekend as well, as San Jose State posted a three-run first inning in each contest.
Freshmen Shaelee Pearson, Makenzie Sullivan and Devon Bridges led the Broncos with two hits apiece on the weekend.
This weekend marks just the second weekend at home for the Broncos in 2015. Boise State previously hosted the SpringHill Suites Invitational at Dona Larsen Park from March 6-8, going 1-3 over the weekend.
The Broncos own a 27-14 record at Dona Larsen Park, and are 14-7 there in Mountain West play since moving into the new digs in 2013.
Boise State In Home MW Openers Boise State has won all three of its previous home conference-opening series since joining the Mountain West in 2012, and boasts a record of 7-2 over those nine games.
In 2012, the Broncos swept UNLV before capturing two of three from San Diego State in 2013 and Fresno State last year.
Not The Best Start, But...
This year's Mountain West slate did not get off the the best start with the three-game sweep by San Jose State, but the Broncos can use a lesson from the past to be encouraged for the rest of the campaign.
Last year, the Broncos opened Mountain West play 2-5, which included being swept at Colorado State. From there, Boise State won 13 of its next 14 games to get into a first-place tie atop the conference table heading into the final series of the season.
If the Broncos can put last weekend's stumble out of their minds, they can recall that a bad start can be overcome.
Looking For A Measure Of Revenge
Boise State should still have a chip on its shoulder from last year's final series at San Diego State heading into this weekend's set.
Last year, the Broncos came to San Diego for the final series of the season, holding a one-game lead over the Aztecs in the conference standings and tied with Fresno State (but holding the tiebreaker over the Bulldogs) atop the table.
However, the Broncos were swept in three by the Aztecs and hopes of a first NCAA Tournament appearance were dashed.
Bridges Closes In On Hits Record
Redshirt senior Devon Bridges enters this weekend's series just four hits away from becoming Boise State's all-time leader. The current record of 216 is held by Tara Glover (2012-14).
So far this year Bridges leads the team with a .363 batting average and 33 hits, including five doubles and three home runs.
Freshmen Swinging The Bats
Two of Boise State's top hitters as of late have been from the freshman class, as outfielder Shaelee Pearson and outfielder/infielder Makenzie Sullivan have been making their presence known.
Both players had two hits last weekend in San Jose, sharing the team lead with redshirt senior Devon Bridges.
On the year Sullivan is batting .307 and leads the Broncos with 10 doubles, five home runs, 26 RBI and 15 runs scored while ranking second with 27 hits. She is in the Mountain West top 10 in doubles (tied for second), home runs (tied for eighth) and RBI (tied for eighth) as well as with 18 walks (tied for eighth) and a .591 slugging percentage (ninth).
Pearson, meanwhile, has worked her way into the starting lineup over the past few weekends, and is batting .323 with a home run, three RBI and six runs scored.