Second Half Starts Up In Silicon Valley

April 12, 2017

Boise State (24-12, 6-6 MW) at San Jose State (24-14, 4-5 MW)
Thursday-Saturday (April 13-15)
Mission College | Santa Clara, Calif.

Thursday (April 13) - 1 p.m. MT
Friday (April 14) - 1 p.m. MT
Saturday (April 15) - 1 p.m. MT

BOISE, Idaho - Boise State (24-12, 6-6 MW) makes its second trip to California during this conference season as it faces San Jose State (24-14, 4-5 MW) for a three-game series. The series will take place at Mission College in Santa Clara, with game time for all three contests set for 1 p.m. MT Thursday-Saturday.

About The Opposition
San Jose State (24-14, 4-5 MW) has dropped four of its last six in conference play heading into this weekend's series with Boise State. Two weekends ago, the Spartans dropped two of three at San Diego State before only capturing one game this past weekend against Colorado State.

Cassidy Clark leads the Spartans with a .396 batting average, while Georgia Blair is batting .395 with team highs in home runs (five) and RBIs (20, tied with two others). Casey Watt leads the team with 37 hits in addition to four triples and 20 RBIs).

In the circle, Katelyn Linford is 15-6 with a 2.48 ERA and 152 strikeouts. Behind her, Collette Riggsis 6-3 with a 2.41 ERA and 38 strikeouts.

Boise State is 9-11 all-time against San Jose State, and has dropped the last six meetings with the Spartans.

Last Time Out
Boise State snapped a streak of two-straight series losses in conference play last weekend, taking two of three at UNLV.

The Broncos took advantage of 11 Rebel errors over the weekend, with seven coming in Sunday's 6-1, series-clinching victory.

Christina Washington went 2-0 over the weekend, allowing just two runs over 13.2 innings of work, picking up the 5-1 win Friday and a 6-1 decision Sunday to improve to 13-5 on the year.

At the plate, Shaelee Pearson and Cassidy Edwards each hit .556 (5-for-9), while Makenzie Sullivan doubled three times and drove in three runs, with Kora Wade knocking in five runs of her own.

Among The National Leaders
Boise State has produced some big numbers on both offense and defense, and gotten the Broncos among the national leaders in numerous categories.

Through April 10, Boise State ranked in the national top 25 in batting (.324, 18th).

Individually, Rebekah Cervantes is 24th in batting average (.442).

In the circle, freshman Kelsey Broadus ranks 15th in strikeouts per seven innings pitched (9.7) and 17th in the country with three saves.

Perfect On Sundays, Working On Saturdays
Boise State, 6-6 in conference play, has been riding a bit of a roller coaster during its weekend conference series.

While the Broncos are 2-2 in the opening games of the series, they are 0-4 in game two. However, Boise State is 4-0 in the series finales, which has come in handy as twice these victories have helped the Broncos avert a three-game sweep.

Washington Carries The Load
Senior pitcher Christina Washington came up big for the Broncos in their weekend series win at UNLV, going 2-0 from the circle.

Washington allowed just two runs and struck out three batters over 13.2 innings of work against the Rebels. Friday, she went 6.2 innings, allowing just one run in the 5-1 Bronco win then came back Sunday to go the distance in the 6-1 series-clinching victory.

For the year, Washington in 13-5 with a 2.52 ERA and 54 strikeouts over 102.2 innings of work.

Edwards And Pearson Lead Way In Conference
At the halfway point of the Mountain West season, junior Shaelee Pearson and senior Cassidy Edwards are among the top Bronco batters. Pearson is batting .333 while Edwards is batting .324 with four RBIs.

This weekend in Las Vegas, the pair paced the Broncos at the plate, each batting .556 (5-for-9) while Edwards scored three runs in the series.

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