Feb. 16, 2017
2017 DeMarini Desert Classic
Friday-Sunday (Feb. 17-19) | Stephanie Lynn Craig Complex
Friday (Feb. 17)
Boise State (1-2) vs. Weber State (0-4-1) - 11 a.m. MT
Boise State vs. Memphis (3-2) - 1:15 p.m. MT
Saturday (Feb. 18)
Boise State vs. UTEP (0-5) - 11 a.m. MT
Boise State vs. Northern Iowa (4-1) - 1:15 p.m. MT
Sunday (Feb. 19)
Boise State vs. Southern Utah (1-3) - 12:15 p.m. MT
BOISE, Idaho - Boise State (1-2) heads to Las Vegas for the DeMarini Desert Classic this weekend, opening action Friday with a doubleheader against Weber State (0-4-1) at 11 a.m. MT and Memphis (3-2) immediately afterwards. Weekend action continues Saturday against Northern Iowa (4-1) at 11 a.m. MT and UTEP (0-5) at 1:15 p.m. MT before closing Sunday against Southern Utah (1-3) at 12:15 p.m. MT.
About The Opposition
Boise State will face off against five opponents this weekend in Las Vegas, beginning Friday against Weber State and Memphis.
Weber State (0-4-1) went winless at the Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament in Long Beach last weekend. Sara Hingsberer led the Wildcats with a .500 average and a homer over the weekend. All-time, Boise State is 8-3 against Weber State.
Memphis (3-2) picked up three wins last weekend at the FIU Tournament, led by Lindsay Crowdus' 11 hits. Friday's meeting will be the first between Boise State and the Tigers.
Northern Iowa (4-1) comes to Vegas off of a strong weekend at home, getting four wins at its UNI-Dome Classic. Anna Varriano hit a pair of homers to lead UNI, which will face Boise State for the first time Saturday.
UTEP (0-5) went winless at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, and will face the Broncos Saturday in Vegas. The Broncos won the only previous meeting with UTEP, picking up a 16-9 win in Las Vegas in 2014.
Southern Utah (1-3) returns to Las Vegas for the second weekend in a row after going 1-3 at the season-opening UNLV Sportco Kickoff Classic. The Broncos are 7-2 all-time against the Thunderbirds, although Southern Utah captured a 3-2 win over Boise State last year in Las Vegas.
Last Time Out
Boise State went 1-2 at the Paradise Classic in Honolulu last weekend. The Broncos opened the campaign with a 5-3 loss Thursday night at host Hawai'i, and split Friday's action, beating UAB, 4-2, and falling to Sacramento State, 8-3. Saturday's scheduled games against Sacramento State and Hawai'i were washed out due to rain.
Senior Tatiana Sorokina and sophomore Rebekah Cervantes led the Broncos over the weekend with four hits apiece, with Cervantes driving in a team-high three runs with a pair of doubles and a home run.Sophomore Morgan Lamb also homered for the Broncos over the weekend.
From the circle, Paige Reimann picked up Friday's win over UAB, scattering four hits and striking out three over four innings. Senior Christina Washington bounced back from taking the loss in the opener to come on in the final inning against UAB and pick up the save by getting the Broncos out of a bases-loaded jam.
Cervantes And Lamb Go Yard
Sophomores Rebekah Cervantes and Morgan Lamb provided the power for the Broncos last weekend in Hawai'i, each hitting a home run to provide for the two round-trippers by the Broncos. Cervantes, who shared the team lead with four hits at the tournament, also added a pair of doubles and drove in a team-high three runs over the three games.
Washington Turns Heads In Bronco Debut Weekend
Senior pitcher Christina Washington, who joined the Broncos this season from Cal State Fullerton, played a key role in Boise State's first win of the season.
Washington came on in relief in the seventh inning against UAB with the Broncos holding on to a 4-1 lead and the bases jammed with Blazers. The Bronco senior calmly retired the next three batters, despite a run scoring on a wild-pitch third strike, to pick up the save in the 4-2 win.
Washington also started the Broncos opener against Hawai'i Thursday, going the distance and striking out three despite taking the loss in the 5-3 decision.
Reimann Opens Strong
Another Bronco starter, redshirt junior Paige Reimann, picked up her first win of the year in the game against UAB. Reimann gave up just four hits and struck out three over four scoreless innings to open the season 1-0.
Using That Speed
At the beginning of the season, head coach Cindy Ball said that she wanted the Broncos to keep the game in motion, and they did just that in Hawaii, going 3-for-3 on stolen-base attempts.
Rebekah Cervantes, Cassidy Edwards and Kora Wade each successfully swiped a bag, helping the Broncos consistently put runners in scoring position and keep opponents on their toes.
Looking To Bounce Back
This season Boise State will be aiming to bounce back from a 2016 campaign in which it went 14-38 and finished ninth in the Mountain West with a 6-18 mark.
The Broncos opened the season with 11-straight losses, but built some momentum as conference season approached. There, the Broncos improved to six wins including series victories over UNLV and Colorado State.
At the end of the season, freshman shortstop Rebekah Cervantes was named Mountain West Freshman of the Year while she, along with senior first baseman Teauna Hughes, earned spots on the All-Mountain West First Team.
Tournaments On The Non-Conference Slate
The 2017 non-conference slate offers plenty of travel for Boise State, as it will hit the ends of the east-west spectrum of the U.S.
The Broncos opened the campaign in Honolulu at the Paradise Classic, and, after a weekend in Las Vegas, travel to the opposite coast for the Willie Jewell's Invitational in Charleston, S.C.
The annual Springhill Suites Invitational at Dona Larsen Park follows, with the non-conference tournament portion of the schedule closing March 10-12 in Southern California at the CSUN/LMU Tournament.
Boise State opens its 2017 Mountain West slate at Dona Larsen Park March 17-19 against Colorado State.
Broncos Tabbed Ninth in Preseason Poll
The Mountain West Preseason Coaches Poll was released earlier this month, and Boise State was tabbed to finish ninth in 2016, receiving eight points worth of votes.
Defending Mountain West champion Fresno State topped the poll with four of the nine first-place votes and 59 points overall, while San Diego State (57 points) received three first-place votes to take second, and San Jose State got two first-place votes to finish third with 55 points.
Utah State (33 points), Nevada (32), Colorado State (27), UNLV (27) and New Mexico (26) made up slots four through eight.