April 28, 2016
BOISE, Idaho - Boise State (12-31, 4-11 MW) begins its final homestand of 2016 Friday, starting with three games against New Mexico (20-20, 5-9 MW). The series with the Lobos opens Friday at 4 p.m. at Dona Larsen Park, and continues Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at noon.
With Boise State track and field hosting the Border Clash Friday and Saturday at Dona Larsen Park, parking for this weekend's series will be limited. However, there are multiple options for fans interested in attending the games.
Parking is available in the URS Lot all weekend, while on Friday, fans can park in the Albertsons Stadium East Lot and take the free shuttle to Dona Larsen Park.
Boise State will wear pink uniforms this Saturday while the entire weekend will be a "Pink Out" to support raising awareness of breast cancer.
Fans who wear pink will receive $3 admission each day of this weekend's series.
About The Opposition
New Mexico (20-20, 5-9 MW) comes into Boise trying to pick up its fortunes, as the Lobos have lost eight of their 11 games this month.
The Lobos did capture a two-game sweep at Colorado State two weeks ago, but that success was sandwiched around a pair of sweeps at home at the hands of Fresno State and most recently, UNLV.
The trio of Chelsea Johnson (.435, seven HR, 26 RBI), Mariah Rimmer (.422, 13 doubles, seven HR, 33 RBI) and Jasmine Casados (.366, 11 doubles, three HR, 36 RBI) paces New Mexico at the plate, while in the circle Colette Robert is 8-7 with a 4.36 ERA and 48 strikeouts.
The all-time series between Boise State and New Mexico is even at 6-6. The Lobos swept the Broncos in Albuquerque last year, although at home Boise State is 5-1 against New Mexico.
Last Time Out
Boise State suffered a three-game sweep at the hands of Utah State in Logan last weekend. In the opening game of Friday's doubleheader, a seventh-inning Bronco rally fell just a run short in a 7-6 loss, the Utah State finished the doubleheader sweep with a 16-2 win in five innings. Sunday, the Aggies came back from a 7-4 deficit to win, 8-7, on a walk-off homer in the seventh.
Izzy Serrano led the Broncos with six hits and batted .667 during the series. Teauna Hughes batted .364 (4-for-11) with a pair of doubles, while Makenzie Sullivan hit a grand slam in Sunday's contest.
Hughes Keeps Hitting
Senior Teauna Hughes continued her stellar season by hitting .364 with a pair of doubles and four RBI against Utah State.
For the season, Hughes leads the Broncos in batting (.373), hits (44), doubles (10), RBI (36), slugging percentage (.678) and on-base percentage (.436).
In Mountain West play, Hughes is second on the team with a .413 batting average, and has accumulated five doubles, four homers and 14 RBI over 15 conference games.
Junior Corey Hendrickson also had a strong weekend in Logan, batting .400 and walking three times. Overall, Hendrickson reached base five times out of eight plate appearances for an on-base percentage of .625, in addition to doubling once and driving in a run.
Despite battling a preseason injury most of this season, Hendrickson is batting .309 and is third on the team with five homers and 24 RBI. Her team-leading 16 walks have also helped put her on-base percentage at .430, second-best on the team.
Junior Izzy Serrano has established herself as one of Boise State's most reliable hitters in 2016. For the year, she ranks third on the team with a .330 batting average and fourth with an on-base percentage of .393.
This past weekend at Utah State, Serranocame off the bench in Friday's opener and went 2-for-2. Her performance earned her starts in the next two games, and she went on to lead the Broncos with six hits over the weekend, going 6-for-9 (.667).
In Mountain West play, Serrano is just as productive, ranking third on the team with a batting average of .385 and fourth with an on-base percentage of .442.