Can Bronco Softball Team Compete in the WAC?

Seven conference games ago, the Boise State softball team was in first place in the WAC. But then, that was seven losses ago. Now, the first-year program that is reeling in next-to-last place finds itself hosting mighty Fresno State. Action gets underway at Mountain Cove Field today at 3, with a doubleheader slated for 1 p.m. tomorrow.

Every new program needs a start, a goal, a direction.  For Boise State's softball team, a good place to begin is to emulate Fresno State.  The Lady Bulldogs have been one of the top teams in the country for several years and just happen to be the visiting team for a three-game weekend series at Mountain Cove field.

This will be the Broncos' final homestand of the season and there are numerous implications with just six games remaining in the Western Athletic Conference season.  Boise State (21-22, 4-10 in the WAC) is currently in seventh place in the WAC in their inaugural season, holding a slim lead over last place Utah State (3-12 in league play).  Since only seven teams make the WAC Tournament at the end of the season, the Broncos need to keep winning.  The team can also catch sixth-place San Jose State (5-10 in the league) if they can catch fire.

Further, these two schools are battling it out once again for the WAC Commissioner's Cup along with Nevada.  Any head-to-head meeting, therefore, is critical to the Cup hopes of both schools.  Every point or position gained can be crucial down the stretch.

Fresno State (28-18 and 10-5) is tied for second with Hawai'i and just a half a game behind 10-4 Nevada.  All-American pitcher Morgan Melloh leads the 'Dogs with a 22-14 record and sensational 1.39 earned-run average.  She has 13 shutouts and 364 strikeouts this season.  Offensively, Haley Perkins leads Fresno State with a .314 batting average while Michelle Moses has parked seven homers and Caitlin Stiglich has knocked in 29 runs. 

Will Boise State prove that they belong as a team in the WAC or will they bow down to the mighty Bulldogs?  Action gets underway at 3 today with a doubleheader scheduled for 1 p.m. tomorrow.


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