Boise State, Nevada and Utah State Conclude Play at National Invitational Softball Championship
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Boise State, Nevada and Utah State each wrapped up play this week in the regional round of the inaugural National Invitational Softball Championship. The three squads combined to go 6-6 during the tournament with both the Broncos and Wolf Pack advancing to the title contest of the Ogden and Stockton Regionals, respectively.
The Broncos opened the Ogden Regional with a 19-10 setback against host Weber State on Tuesday. Boise State bounced back on day two of the double-elimination tournament with victories over San Diego (7-3) and Mountain West foe Utah State (10-6, 6 innings) to advance to Thursday’s title contest and a rematch with Weber State. The Broncos captured a 5-1 victory against the Wildcats to force a winner-take-all final game. Weber State prevailed in the final matchup, defeating Boise State (8-0, 5 innings) to move on to the NISC Championship Round in Lynchburg, Virginia. The Broncos concluded the 2017 season with a 33-20 overall record, one win shy of tying the program’s single-season mark of 34 set in 2012.
On day one of the Stockton Regional, the Wolf Pack ousted UC Santa Barbara (6-3) to advance in the winners’ bracket to face Cal Poly on Wednesday. The Mustangs shut down Nevada’s offense in a 1-0 Cal Poly victory. The Wolf Pack bounced back by defeating host Pacific in come-from-behind fashion (9-8) to move into the title contest on Thursday against Cal Poly. Once again, Nevada’s offense was stymied by the Mustangs’ pitching staff, as Cal Poly captured the regional championship with a 3-0 win. Nevada closed the 2017 campaign with a 30-24 overall record, marking the first time since 2008 and 2009 the Wolf Pack have reached the 30-win plateau in back-to-back seasons.
Making their first postseason appearance since 1993, the Aggies opened the Ogden Regional with a dominating 8-0 victory over San Diego in five innings. On Wednesday, Utah State faced in-state foe Weber State in the winners’ bracket, falling to the Wildcats by a final score of 2-0. The Aggies then concluded their season with a 10-2 setback to MW rival Boise State in six innings. Utah State finished the 2017 season with its best highest percentage since 1993 at .647 (33-18).