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Bronco fans were treated to a beautiful weekend of fall baseball as we swept our inter state rivals from Idaho State University. All 3 games were close battles to the end and nice victories over a really tough Bengal squad. Game one started a little rocky for the Broncos with several errors behind a solid pitching performance from Nick Patla. Nick left the game in the 5th with a 6-4 lead thanks to his 2 out, 2 RBI double. Thats when Angelo Romeo came in and shut down the Bengals in the final 2 innings. Trey Treasure and Trent Straehle teamed up from the bump for the 6-5 victory with Trent getting the win. The offense was lead by several Broncos with key hits, Curtis Davidson went 2-4 and a RBI, Nick Plaskett was 3-4, but none larger than the 2 out walk-off single provided by Taylor Archuleta in the bottom of the 7th. Game 3 was a thiller to the end, with the Broncos again winning in the bottom of the 9th inning 8-7. Jake Chamberlain had a hot stick all weekend going 2-4 with a sac fly and scored twice. But Karel Wade was just a beast at the plate going 4-4, with 3 doubles, 5 RBI`s and a game tying 2 run blast in the 7th. This was a great end to the fall season for the Broncos who played by far their hardest fall schedule ever going 7-5 overall and 6-0 against conferance foes.
The Broncos were just rewarded the at large berth for the Regional tournament that is being held in Boise, Idaho this year. After a strong second place finish in their division and playing a tough non conference schedule that included 3 nationally ranked teams, the NCBA committee selected our Boise State Broncos. What a great opportunity to show off our Team, University and City to the other teams and their fans. I have attached a tournament bracket with game times and lets see how many fans from Bronco Nation we can put into the stands of Hawks Memorial Stadium for our first game on May 13th at noon!
Broncos pitchers only gave up 11 hits this weekend in the 3 game series with Montana State. Kjell Holmes, Nick Patla and Ryan Sheridian all pitched complete game shutouts against the Bobcats. The Broncos had 3 players with a multi hit game, in the game one 9-0 victory. Cooper Thomas was 2-2 with 3 runs, Rich Hoppe topped that with a 3-3 performance and Angelo Romeo clean up from the 4 hole with a 2-4, 4 RBI`s game. Game two was a 10-0 win, with 5 Broncos having a multi hit game. Cooper Thomas went 2-4, Angelo Romeo 3-4 with 2 more RBI`s, Christian Bautista 2-3 with a huge triple, Taylor Archuleta 2-2 and Ryan Sheridan came up big with a 3-4 game. Game three was a hit parade for the Broncos as they pounded out 15 hits on their way to a 16-0 victory. Taylor Archuleta hit a 2 run bomb to break open the floodgates on his way to a 2-2, 5 RBI day. The top of the order was not to be out done! Cooper Thomas 4-5 and Rich Hoppe 3-5 were on fire and the Bobcats had no answer for them as they also teamed up 4 RBI`s . Great weekend of Bronco Baseball!
Boise State got 3 wins from the first place Weber State. Game one was 12-4 win for the Broncos, with Nick Patla getting us off to a good start from the mound throwing a complete game. Nick spread 5 hits around while striking out 7 guys. The offense was lead by Cooper Thomas, Christian Bautista, Angelo Romeo, Joel Perry and Scott “Scooter” Lyness with 2 hits a piece. Game two was much the same with the Broncos pounding out 10 hits in the 9-2 victory. Again Angelo Romeo continued his hot streak with 2 more hits. Nick Patla and Kjell Holmes also had 2 hit games against a much improved Wildcat defense. Angelo Romeo, Taylor Archuleta and Alec Wilson combined to keep Weber State from getting their offense going, holding them to 4 hits while striking out 6. Game 3 was great game to watch as the Broncos jump out to a 6-0 lead, but the Wildcats battle back to tie the game 8-8 in the top of the 6th. Thats when Curtis “Dad” Davidson started the inning with a triple, followed by hits from Rich Hoppe and Angelo Romeo to get the 3 spot in the bottom of the inning. From there Taylor Archulela and Nick Patla took over in relief to shut down them down for the 11-8 win. Rich Hoppe had 4-5 day at the plate, with 2 RBI`s and 2 stolen bases. The Wildcats couldn`t keep Angelo Romeo off the bases this weekend as he went 7-8, with 3 doubles, a triple and 7 RBI`s, he also had a Sac Fly, walk and reach base on a error. Angelo`s work at the plate earned him conference honors as the “Player of the Week”.
The Broncos started conference play with a bang, taking 2 games from interstate rival Idaho State. Nick Patla pitched 5 innings against a very tough hitting Bengal team, leaving the contest in the 5th with a 11-3 lead. Christian Bautista followed up 2 innings of relief pitching in the 11-6 win. Taylor Archuleta lead the charge on offense going 3-4 with 3 RBI`s and Joel Perry piled on with a 2-4 game and 3 RBI`s. Game 2 was much the same, with Kjell Holmes throwing a complete game from the bump. KJ only used 69 pitches to mow down the Bengals in the 7 inning contest. Ryan Sheridan, Curtis (Dad) Davidson and Scott Lyness all had 2 hits to lead the Broncos, but every hitter in the line-up recorded a hit in the 10-3 victory. Game 3 on Sunday was a reversal for the teams as ISU used a good 7 inning outing from their starting pitcher and timely team hits for the 10-2 win.