May 16, 2018
Mountain West Release
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Boise State's historic season reached new levels, as the Mountain West announced individual honors and the two All-Mountain West teams for the 2018 season. The Broncos landed a record six players on the All-Mountain West teams - including a record four on the first-team - while also taking home Player of the Year, Pitcher of the Year, Freshman of the Year and Coach of the Year.
Player of the Year: Rebekah Cervantes, Jr., SS, Boise State
Pitcher of the Year: Kelsey Broadus, So., P, Boise State
Freshman of the Year: Alison Seng, Fr., INF, Boise State
Coach of the Year: Cindy Ball, Boise State
First-Team All-Mountain West: Madison Anthony, Kelsey Broadus, Rebekah Cervantes, Alison Seng
Second-Team All-Mountain West: Shaelee Pearson, Makenzie Sullivan
Cervantes became the first Boise State player to win conference player of the year since Tara Glover took home Co-Mountain West Player of the Year in the 2012 season. The junior shortstop also landed on the All-Mountain West first-team for the third-straight season. Cervantes has now tied herself with Devon Bridges, Glover and Aubray Zell for the most All-Mountain West honors in a career, and is one shy of tying Bridges with four all-conference honors.
The junior was electric during the conference season, leading the league in batting average (.476), runs (24) and hits (40) in Mountain West games. Her 40 hits in conference play ranks tied for third on the Mountain West record book.
Broadus became the first Boise State pitcher to win conference Pitcher of the Year honors -- in either the WAC or Mountain West. The sophomore and Albany, Ore. native entered Mountain West play on March 16 with a 4-3 record and an ERA of 2.68. Over the final two months of the season, Broadus would be lights-out in the circle, going 10-3 with 77 strikeouts and an ERA of 1.66 in conference play.
Her wins and strikeouts in the conference season rank second in the Mountain West, while she led the league with an ERA of 1.66 and opposing batting average of .205.
Seng became the second Bronco to be named Freshman of the Year (Cervantes, 2016). She became the first player in Mountain West history to be named a top 25 finalist for the NFCA/Schutt Sports Freshman of the Year. Seng batted .439 in conference play, while her 29 hits is one shy of tying Cervantes' conference freshman record.
Ball became the first Bronco coach to win Coach of the Year honors. She led a historic turnaround for the Broncos, posting program records for overall wins (40) and conference wins (18) in leading Boise State to the school's first-ever conference title. The Broncos finished six spots ahead of their preseason conference ranking (No. 7) - the largest outperformance for any conference champion in Mountain West softball history. The last time a team won the conference after being predicted to finish in the bottom half of the coaches' poll was BYU in 2001, when they were predicted to finish fifth out of six teams.
In her lone season with the Broncos, Anthony set a school record for doubles in a season with 18, and her 11 doubles in conference play is second on the Mountain West record book. The senior batted .406 on the season, ranking second on the team with eight home runs, and tying for first with 36 RBIs.
Sullivan and Pearson were named to the All-Mountain West after capping their Bronco careers with their best seasons. Pearson rose her batting average to .385 on the year - eighth in the conference season in conference play. Her on-base percentage of .462 is the highest she's recorded.
Sullivan set a new season-best with 11 home runs on the year, and had a slugging percentage of .667 in conference games - good for seventh in the league. The senior provided a spark for the Broncos, hitting a walk-off home run over UNLV in the ninth inning to close the series with a win, as well as recording the final out of the second game against New Mexico to clinch the conference for Boise State.
The Broncos will continue their historic season this weekend at the Seattle Regional of the NCAA Tournament. Boise State will open the regional against No. 5 Washington - the Regional-host - Friday at 9:30 p.m. MT. The game will air on ESPNU. Also in the Regional will be Minnesota and Texas.