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Broncos put out a gutsy performance this weekend in Missoula, Montana but came up a bit short in the series. Game one was tight with Mark McElroy pitching a solid game, but the Broncos just couldn`t get the offense going against a good Montana pitching staff, resulting in a 7-2 loss. The second game was just the opposite as the Broncos exploded for 15 runs and ended the game in the 5th. Carson Wooten keep the Montana hitters frustrated and this resulted in a 15-5 win, the only loss the Griz would have in conference play. The Broncos were paced by Blake Scherer and Cooper Thomas at the plate. Blake hit .500 for the weekend with a .691 on base percentage. Cooper was 5-9 or a .555 batting average, with 4 runs scored and 4 stolen bases. The Broncos just couldn`t get that key hit on Sunday, stranding 15 runners in 8 innings in the 13-3 loss.
Game one was shorten to 5 innings due to the 10 run mercy rule after the 5th, final score 12-1. Mark McElroy was dominating on the mound, he never let Montana State get going. Mark fanned 8 of the 20 batters he faced and only allowed 3 hits in the game. Trevor Freese was a beast at the plate with 2 triples and 3 RBI`s. Grant Labbe also had 3 RBI`s on 2 hits in the game. Game 2 was much the same as Carson Wooten kept the Bobcats off balance at the plate spreading out 6 hits over the course of the game. Carson only needed 52 pitches to get through the 5th inning and another 11-0 victory for the Bronco`s. Cooper Thomas had 2 hits to lead the offensive attack as 8 different Broncos scored. Game 3 was an explosion of runs as the Broncos pounded out 15 hits and scored 17 runs in the shortened game. Trevor Freese and Blake Scherer each had 3 hits and Mike McNeight slammed the door shut with a huge homerun. Kyler Knieriem pitched the last game keeping the Bobcats from scoring several times with great location on his pitches never letting them get ahold of anything solid.
Saturday`s was tight until the 6th inning when the Broncos jump all over the Eagles. We were able to score 10 runs in the inning to put the game away. Key hits by John Albi and Grant Labbe fueled the out burst of runs. Mark McElroy pitched a great game, with 8 strike outs and spreading 5 hits around in his 6 innings. Kyler K. came in and shut the door on Eastern Washington in the 7th to end the game on the 10 run mercy rule. Sunday`s game was shorten due to lightning and rain and the second game was postponed. The Broncos started much like the weather COLD. The Eagles scored 6 in the 1st and went on to get the 8-2 win on the shorten game, to bad because when it was called the Broncos had 2 runners in scoring position and were getting the mojo going. Mark McElroy`s performance has earned him the Pitcher of the week for our conference, congrats and lets get 3 from the Vandals this week!
The Broncos jumped all over the CWI in the 1st inning, pushing 9 runs across the plate. The win was a complete team effort as 8 different Broncos chipped in with at least 1 hit for the game. Boise States` Alex Jangard had a solid day from the mound. He faced 28 batters in 7 innings, allowing only 5 hits while strking out 9 hitters. He also hit .400 with a triple, RBI and a .500 on base %.
Game 1 with the Rebels was a hard fought game going into the 6th inning with the Broncos up 5-4, when Taylor Williamson broke it open with a 2 run double to the fence. Broncos held on for a 8-4 victory. Game 2 was also a close game through the 5th inning with the Rebels holding onto a 5-3 lead. The Broncos exploded in the bottom of the inning with 10 runs fueled by a 2 run double by Brian Begerow. The Broncos coasted the rest of the game for a 13-7 win. Kyler Knieriem had a very good complete game from the bump. He sprayed 12 hits around only giving up 5 earned runs while striking out 4.