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. 

Boise State
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.  

Utah State
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).