April 9, 2015
Game Day Info
Tickets: Ticket prices are $6 for adults and $4 for juniors (2-18) and seniors (62+). 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.
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 (8-31, 0-9 MW) returns home to Dona Larsen Park, where it seeks its first Mountain West win as it hosts Nevada (12-26, 2-7 MW) for a three-game set. The Broncos and Wolf Pack begin the series Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. MT, with Saturday's contest set for a 2:30 p.m. MT start and Sunday's finale scheduled for a noon MT first pitch.
Boise State is 12-5 all-time against Nevada, dating back to the Broncos' first season in 2009. The schools met in a trio of three-game series in the WAC from 2009-11, in two non-conference games in 2012, then in a pair of three-game sets over the past two seasons in the Mountain West.
After being swept in the first series in 2009, Boise State has gone on to win each of the next four series between the schools, going 10-2 over those 12 meetings. Last year, the Broncos swept the Wolf Pack in Reno from April 11-13.
Nevada (12-26, 2-7 MW), guided by head coach Matt Meuchel in his seventh season, has dropped eight of its past 10 games heading into this weekend's series in Boise. The Wolf Pack are also coming off of being swept in three by San Diego State over Tuesday and Wednesday.
The Wolf Pack is led by the hitting of Megan Sweet (.402, nine doubles, six HR, 38 RBI), Karley Hopkins (.364, 11 doubles, 22 RBI) and Jasmine Jenkins (.347, three doubles, three HR, 22 RBI).
In the circle, Nevada uses a rotation of three: McKenna Isenberg (5-10, 4.11 ERA), Megan Dortch (3-7, 5.32 ERA) and Chase Redington (4-9, 6.25 ERA).
Last Series Outing
Boise State fell to 0-9 in Mountain West play as it suffered its third-straight sweep to open conference play, falling three times at UNLV. The Broncos dropped Tuesday's opener, 10-5, then suffered two walk-off defeats in a row, giving up four runs in the bottom of the seventh to lose Tuesday's nightcap, 10-9 then falling 12-11 in eight innings in Wednesday's finale.
The Bronco offense enjoyed one of its best series of the season, hitting a combined .293 with six doubles, four home runs and scoring 25 runs. Devon Bridges went 5-for-11 (.455) with pair of home runs and drove in nine runs over the three games, while fellow senior Jordan Kreiger batted .500 (5-for-10) with a pair of doubles and a team-best .643 on-base percentage during the series. Junior Izzy Serrano also batted .500, going 3-for-6 with three RBI while Kayla Clausen and Teauna Hughes each homered.
Bridges Becomes Boise State's Career Hits Leader
Despite being swept in Vegas, there were a few bright spots for the Broncos during the series. 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 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 series, Bridges would go on to bat .455 (5-for-11), leading the Broncos with five hits, two home runs and nine RBI over the three games.
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.
Kreiger Is An On-Base Machine
Becoming Boise State's career leader in doubles was part of another outstanding conference weekend for Kreiger, who has been red-hot over the first nine Mountain West Games.
During conference play, Kreiger leads the Broncos with a .429 batting average and a .586 on-base percentage. After reaching base just twice in nine plate appearances against San Jose State, Kreiger has since put together an OBP of .750 and is batting .615 (8-for-13) with two doubles and five walks in addition to twice being hit by a pitch.
Serrano Coming Through
Junior outfielder Izzy Serrano has quietly become one of the Broncos' more dependable players at the plate this season, hitting .294 with six RBI.
Serrano continued her strong play this past series against UNLV, batting .500 (3-for-6) with three RBI and an on-base percentage of .571. In Tuesday's nightcap, Serrano came off the bench and went 2-for-2 with a pair of RBI singles, the second of which put the Broncos in front, 9-6, in the sixth inning.
Her performance earned her a start in Wednesday's finale, and Serrano kept it up, going 1-for-3 with another RBI single and a walk.
Through nine games of the Mountain West season, Serrano is the Broncos' third-leading hitter, batting .385 with three RBI and has an on-base percentage of .500, being one of just three Bronco players to have reached base in at least half of their plate appearances (Jordan Kreiger and Ariel Frantz are the others).
Hughes And Ketelsleger Produce
The series at UNLV also featured the continued hot streak of freshman shortstop Sara Ketelsleger as well as a slump-busting effort from junior first baseman Teauna Hughes.
Building off of her weekend against San Diego State in which she hit .625, Ketelsleger batted .333 (4-for-12) in Vegas, including a 2-for-4, two-RBI performance in Tuesday's nightcap, and a 2-for-5 effort with a double in Wednesday's finale.
Hughes, meanwhile, had been mired in an 0-for-18 slump before smacking an opposite-field homer, her third of the season, in the second inning of Tuesday's nightcap. That homer would begin a stretch of Hughes going 4-for-7 with a double, home run and two RBI over the final two games of the series at UNLV.
Bridges Cements Her Legacy
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 (217), home runs (48), RBI (175), total bases (392), walks (105), slugging percentage (.662) and on-base percentage (.471). She also sits second with a career batting average of .370. With 15 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 nine more games, start six more, and get 34 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.