April 21, 2016
Boise State (12-28, 4-8 MW) at Utah State (19-20, 5-7 MW)
LaRee & LeGrand Johnson Field - Logan, Utah
Friday (April 22) - 1/3 p.m. (DH)
Sunday (April 24) - 12 p.m.
BOISE, Idaho - Boise State (12-28, 4-8 MW) looks to make it three series wins in a row this weekend as it travels to Logan, Utah, for a three-game set at Utah State (19-19, 5-7 MW). The series gets underway with a doubleheader Friday (1 and 3 p.m.) and closes Sunday at noon.
The schedule for this weekend's series at Utah State has been updated due to the expectation of inclement weather Saturday in Logan.
Friday's action will now feature a doubleheader, with game times set for 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The teams will be off Saturday, and Sunday's noon game will be played as scheduled.
About The Opposition
Utah State (19-20, 5-7 MW) comes into this weekend's series against the Broncos on a six-game slide and as losers of seven of their last eight. The Aggies' slide began with a 15-3 loss in the series finale to San Jose State on April 10, and a sweep last weekend against Fresno State was bookended by non-conference losses to BYU (April 13) and Weber State (April 20).
The Aggies are led at the plate by Sarah Chow (.410, 48 hits, 30 runs, six triples, 11 stolen bases) and the power-hitting trio of Noelle Johnson, Alleyah Armendariz and Victoria Saucedo, which has combined for 19 home runs and 94 RBI this season.
The Broncos lead the all-time series against Utah State, 12-6, although the Aggies swept the Broncos in Boise last May 7-9.
Last Time Out
Boise State had a bye last weekend, but went into the weekend off (April 15-17) with a second-straight series win, this one coming against UNLV. The Broncos took the opener, 10-0 in five innings, then captured the rubber game Sunday, 6-1.
Pitcher Nicole Wilson had a career weekend in the circle, going 2-0 with a shutout among her two complete games and a 0.00 ERA. For her efforts, she was named Mountain West Pitcher of the Week.
At the plate, Teauna Hughes batted .556 (5-for-9) with two homers, a triple and three RBI, while Tatiana Sorokina and Kayla Clausen each drove in a pair of runs. Rebekah Cervantes hit her team-leading ninth home run of the season and Makenzie Sullivan added her fourth long ball of the year.
Wilson Named Pitcher Of The Week
Senior pitcher Nicole Wilson was named Mountain West Pitcher of the Week on April 12 for her performance in Boise State's series win over UNLV.
Wilson went 2-0 with two complete games, one of those a shutout, and an ERA of 0.00. Her shutout of UNLV Friday was Boise State's first since 2014, when the Broncos beat New Mexico, 7-0, on May 2. Over 12.0 innings of work, Wilson allowed just one unearned run as she evened her season record at 6-6.
She became Boise State's first conference pitcher of the week in three years, when Rebecca Patton claimed the honor back on April 23, 2013.
For the year, Wilson is 6-6 with an ERA of 4.85.
Another Bronco senior, first baseman Teauna Hughes, played a big part in the series win over UNLV, batting .556 (5-for-9) with a pair of homers, her first triple, and three RBI over the weekend.
Hughes went 3-for-3 in the opener, coming just a home run shy of the cycle. In Sunday's rubber game, she posted her second two-HR game of the season, driving in three runs in Boise State's 6-1 win.
For the season, Hughes leads the Broncos in batting (.374), hits (40), RBI (32), slugging pct. (.692) and on-base pct. (.443). She is second with eight home runs, eight doubles and 24 runs scored.
Sorokina, Clausen Produce
Senior Kayla Clausen and junior Tatiana Sorokina each had a strong weekend against UNLV, with Sorokina batting .444 (4-for-9) and Clausen hitting .375 (3-for-8). Each player drove in two runs as the Broncos captured their second series in a row.