April 15, 2015
BOISE, Idaho - Boise State (10-32, 2-10 MW), fresh off its first series win of the season, makes its final trip to the Golden State this weekend, visiting the San Joaquin Valley for a three-game set at Fresno State (30-14, 11-4 MW). First pitch is set for 7 p.m. MT for Friday's and Saturday's games, with Sunday's finale scheduled for a 1 p.m. MT start.
Against Fresno State
Boise State is 6-13 all-time against Fresno State, dating back to the Broncos' first season in 2009, when both schools were in the WAC.
The Broncos have captured two of the five series between the two schools, with the first of those wins, a three-game sweep of the Bulldogs from April 29-30, 2011, being the first WAC sweep suffered by Fresno State since joining the conference in 1993. In fact, over WAC and Mountain West play, that is only one of two times the Bulldogs have been swept in conference play since 1993, as Hawai'i got the other sweep in Honolulu from April 27-28, 2012.
Boise State captured last year's series (March 21-23) at Dona Larsen Park, winning the rubber game, 8-1.
About Fresno State
Fresno State (30-14, 11-4 MW), guided by head coach Trisha Ford in her third season, enters this weekend's series tied atop the Mountain West table with San Diego State. The Bulldogs took two of three at Utah State last weekend, capturing Sunday's rubber game, 8-0 in five innings.
The Bulldogs are led by the hitting of senior outfielder Brenna Moss, who leads the Mountain West with a .453 average and 67 hits. She is also tied for second in the conference with 45 runs scored and has doubled 11 times. Sophomore outfielder Kierra Willis provides the power and speed for the Bulldogs, batting .333 with team highs of seven home runs and six triples.
In the circle, Fresno State boasts the conference's top ERA (2.48) while its top two pitchers, Jill Compton (19-10, 2.08) and Hannah Harris (8-3, 2.40) lead the conference's hurlers in the category. Compton also paces the Mountain West with 174 strikeouts.
Last Series Outing
Boise State not only won its first Mountain West game of 2015 last weekend, but also captured its first series as it took two of three against Nevada. The Broncos captured the opener, 5-4, on a walk-off, two-run double by Izzy Serrano, then outslugged the Wolf Pack in a 16-13 rubber-game victory to clinch the set.
Along with her game-winning two-run double Friday, Serrano batted .364 (4-for-11) for the weekend with a pair of doubles and four RBI. Senior Jordan Kreiger continued to be on on-base machine, posting a .643 on-base percentage over the three games while batting .444 (4-for-9) with three doubles, five runs scored, two RBI and three walks. Freshman Sara Ketelsleger led the team with five hits and five RBI over the series, while redshirt senior Devon Bridges hit her sixth home run of the year, and junior Kayla Clausen batted .444 (4-for-9) with a triple and two RBI.
Last Trip To California
This weekend's series in Fresno will be Boise State's last trip to California this season. So far in the Golden State, Boise State is 2-12 this season and has lost 10 straight.
Most recently, the Broncos were swept in three at San Jose State from March 20-22.
Hometown Trip For Rodriguez
This weekend's series in Fresno is a homecoming for freshman pitcher Rachel Rodriguez. The 2014 Fresno Bee Softball Player of the Year and a two-time CIF Central Section Division I champion with Central High School, Rodriguez has been a workhorse in her rookie campaign at Boise State. Despite the 4-16 record, Rodriguez has set the Boise State freshman record for pitching appearances, with 30, eclipsing Aubray Zell's 2009 mark of 29. Rodriguez is also just 21.2 innings away from passing Zell's freshman mark of 133.2 innings pitched.
Kreiger Stays Hot In MW Play
Senior second baseman Jordan Kreiger continued her red-hot play in conference action during Boise State's series win over Nevada. The Hillsboro, Ore. native batted .444 (4-for-9) and led the team with three doubles, five runs scored and a .643 on-base percentage.
Overall, Kreiger reached base nine times over 14 plate appearances, continuing a fine week in which, over Boise State's six games, she posted team bests of a .474 batting average, .643 on-base percentage, nine hits, five doubles and six walks.
So far during MW play, Kreiger leads the Broncos with a .433 batting average, .605 on-base percentage, five doubles, 12 runs scored and five stolen bases.
Bridges Becomes Boise State's Career Hits Leader
This past week also featured some Boise State milestones. One of those featured redshirt senior Devon Bridges getting her 217th-career hit to pass Tara Glover (2012-14) as Boise State's all-time hits leader.
Bridges entered the midweek UNLV series two hits behind Glover, but tied her with a hit in each game of Tuesday's doubleheader. Wednesday, Bridges got the record right away with a two-run single up the middle in the top of the first, and went on to go 3-for-5 in the game to up her record total to 219.
For the week, Bridges would go on to bat .421 with a team-best three home runs and 11 RBI, and a slugging percentage of 1.000. Following her big week, she has now extended her Boise State career records to 49 home runs, 177 RBI and 222 hits.
Kreiger Grabs A Record Of Her Own
Devon Bridges becoming Boise State's all-time hits leader wasn't the only moment of a career record falling in Vegas, as senior Jordan Kreiger hit her 31st-career double Wednesday to pass Holly Bourke (2010-13) as the school's all-time leader.
Kreiger opened the series at 29 doubles, one behind Bourke. She pulled even with a double in Tuesday's opener, then passed Bourke with a sixth-inning double that ignited a three-run frame.
She extended her doubles record to 34 after hitting three two-baggers in the series win over Nevada. Also, Kreiger, with 12 games remaining, has a chance to pass Allie Crump (2009-12) for seventh all-time on the Boise State games played list, and with seven more starts will pass Crum for sixth on that list. Kreiger's 130 career hits also leave her just five back of Tazz Weatherly (2009-12), in eighth place.
Ketelsleger? More Like "Ketel-SLUGGER" Amirite?
Freshman Sara Ketelsleger has been flying the flag for Boise State's underclassmen so far in Mountain West play, as the shortstop batted .500 with five hits, two doubles and five RBI in the series win over Nevada.
Ketelsleger has heated up as Mountain West play has reached its halfway point, ranking second on the team with a .417 average in conference play and a team-best 15 hits in addition to four doubles and 10 RBI.
Her performance the past few weeks has brought her average for the season up to .302, and she is second on the team with 38 hits and 10 doubles while ranking third with 23 RBI.
Serrano Walks It Off
Junior outfielder Izzy Serrano was the hero of Boise State's first conference win of the season, hitting a walk-off two-out, two-run double in the bottom of the seventh of the Broncos' 5-4 win over Nevada.
That double was just the beginning of another strong series for Serrano, as she batted .364 (4-for-11) with a pair of doubles and four RBI against the Wolf Pack.
Serrano has also been one of the Broncos' top hitters at the halfway point of Mountain West play, ranking third on the team with a .375 batting average, driving in seven runs and posting an on-base percentage of .464.
Bridges Eyes More Records
By becoming Boise State's all-time hits leader this week, redshirt senior Devon Bridges continued her march towards the top of numerous Boise State career hitting records.
After getting her record-setting 217th career hit Wednesday, Bridges is now Boise State's all-time leader in seven offensive categories: hits (222), home runs (49), RBI (177), total bases (399), walks (109), slugging percentage (.665) and on-base percentage (.473). She also sits second with a career batting average of .370. With 12 games remaining in the season, Bridges is within range of a few more Boise State career records, all held by Holly Bourke (2010-13). Bridges needs just to play in six more games, start three more, and get 26 more at-bats to pass Bourke's Boise State career marks of 217 games played, 211 games started and 625 at-bats, respectively.
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.