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Broncos Win MW Title and earn NCAA tourney bid

Posted: 9:07 PM, May 12, 2018
Updated: 2018-05-12 23:14:59-04

 

 

The Boise State Broncos are the Mountain West champions after sweeping New Mexico 3-0.  Boise State celebrated the program’s first-ever conference title, as well as the team’s four seniors this season.

The Broncos (40-14, 18-6), clinched the Mountain West title with a 10-1, five-inning win over New Mexico in the first game on the day, and earned the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Regionals. The team’s destination will be announced during the NCAA Selection Show, Sunday night at 8 p.m. MT (ESPN2).

The conference title is the first in the program’s 10 years of existence, as Boise State posted the highest win total in conference games to finish two games ahead of second-place San José State. The Broncos finished six spots ahead of their preseason conference ranking which is the largest outperformance for any conference champion in MW softball history.

Last time a team won the conference after being predicted to finish in the bottom half of the coaches' poll in 2001.  Boise State closed the season an absolute tear, finishing the season on a 13-1 run with three sweeps in their final four series.

“We’re super excited about celebrating our Mountain West title, but I don’t know if it’s fully set in for me personally,” head coach Cindy Ball said. “It’s crazy to think how far we’ve come. To have that much faith ourselves and stick with the process is incredible to accomplish our goal.”