March 13, 2018
Boise State (13-8) vs Utah Valley (7-10)
Dona Larsen Park | Boise, Idaho
Game One- Noon (MT) | | Live Stream
Game Two- 2 p.m. (MT) | | Live Stream
BOISE, Idaho -- The Broncos (13-8) will host regional foe Utah Valley (7-10) in a doubleheader, Wednesday at Dona Larsen Park. The first game at new-look Dona Larsen Park is scheduled for noon (MT), with the second game to begin approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first. This will be the first home game of 2018 for Boise State.
TICKETS & PARKING: Free admission will be available to all fans atteneding either game of the doubleheader.
Limited parking will be available for $5 in the parking lot at Dona Larsen Park. Due to parking changes stemming from the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament being held at Taco Bell Arena, a shuttle from campus will not be available for Wednesday's doubleheader.
SERIES HISTORY: Boise State holds a 4-3 advantage over Utah Valley, but lost to the Wolverines earlier this season at the Red Desert Classic (March 3). Four of the previous seven meetings have been decided by two or fewer runs, with both teams splitting those four games.
A DECADE AT HOME: Through the first nine years of Boise State softball, the program is 5-4 in home openers. The Broncos won their home opener against Colorado State last season, but have only won home openers in consecutive seasons once before (2011 & 2012).
HIDE YOUR BASES: Junior outfield Kora Wade has been a menace running the bases this season for the Broncos. Wade is a perfect 16-for-16 on stolen base attempts, and her 0.76 stolen bases per game leads the Mountain West and is good for 17th nationally. Her 17 stolen bases -- only 21 games into the season -- is tied for seventh on the single-season school record book. The school record is 36 by Tara Glover in the 2014 season.
MANCHA PHENOMEONAL IN THE CIRCLE: Freshman Gianna Mancha has quickly established herself as Boise State's ace through three tournaments. The Fresno, Calif. native is 7-2 on the season with four complete games and two shutouts under her belt. Mancha went 2-1 at the Marucci Desert Classic, 2-0 at the Red Desert Classic, and a perfect 3-0 this past weekend at the UCR Classic. On the season, Mancha is averaging 1.09 strikeouts per inning, and her nine strikeouts against Hawai'i (Feb. 18) were the most strikeouts any Boise State pitcher has had in a game since Kelsey Broadus fanned 10 last season against Utah State (April 2, 2017).
Mancha's 7.7 strikeouts per seven innings is currently first in the Mountain West, and 71stnationally.
BACK-TO-BACK SHUTOUTS: Boise State recorded back-to-back shutouts behind the arms of Gianna Mancha and Kelsey Broadus in wins over North Dakota State and Columbia on March 9. It is the first time Boise State has shutout opponents in back-to-back games since Christina Washington and Paige Reimann held New Mexico scoreless last season (May 11-12, 2017). It's also the first time Boise State has shutout two opponents on the same day since doing so against Maryland Eastshore and South Carolina State (Feb. 25, 2017)
STRONG WEEKEND IN CALIFORNIA: The Broncos posted a record of 4-1 at the UCR Classic, their second-consecutive weekend finishing a tournament with a winning record. Boise State outscored opponents 29-12 enroute to ending the tournament on a 3-0 record
WADE GARNES A MW HONOR: Junior outfielder Kora Wade was named the Mountain West Player of the Week for games played through March 4. This is the first weekly honor Wade has received. Wade had a career weekend at the Red Desert Classic, going 11-for-17 with seven runs, two doubles and four RBIs. She was phenomenal running the bases, going a perfect seven-for-seven running the bases, including a career high three over Montana (March 2) - tied for the second-highest single game total in program history.