Broncos prepare for San Diego State with conference title on the line

Broncos prepare for San Diego State with conference title on the line

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Well wouldn’t you know it, the Boise State softball team has the opportunity to win the Mountain West conference championship.

“They bought into a team goal,” head coach Erin Thorpe said. “Now it’s in our hands to be able to achieve it and I’m really excited to see what these last three games have in store for us.”

The Broncos have their final series of the season when they visit San Diego State with the conference championship hanging on the line.

“It always seems to come down to our last series,” senior outfielder Tara Glover said. “San Diego State always seems to be a really big series for us every year and they are a strong team but as long as we can set them down it will go well for us.”

The Broncos are currently tied for first place in the conference with Fresno State and need a sweep of San Diego State to capture the conference title and punch their ticket to the postseason.

“It will be a challenge,” Glover said. “I think our team is ready for this challenge because it’s a goal we have had all year long and for us it’s something that is achievable.”

Boise State has rapidly climbed its way to the top of the conference by winning 12 of its last 13 games and they are currently on an eight game winning streak.

“It’s been our focus and confidence that we can win games,” Thorpe said. “We are just trusting in the fact that if we go out and work hard and prepare hard that we are going to play well and win.”

The rise to the top is even more impressive considering the Broncos slow start to the season and the fact that the Broncos were fifth in the standings just a few weeks ago.

“We faced a lot of adversity,” Glover said. “But as the season has gone on we settled in and are playing very well.”

The Broncos are trying to reach the postseason for the first time in the program’s six-year history.

The program has come a long way in such a short time and has already ascended to being one of the top teams in the conference

“It’s about creating a culture and creating an atmosphere of expecting to win,” Thorpe said. “We are getting to where we want to be.”

A huge part of their success has been the leadership demonstrated by this year’s senior class.

“This year’s team is packed with five seniors that are completely passionate and just relentless,” Thorpe said. “We are going to rely on them to lead us through this.”

Perhaps no senior has had a bigger impact than Glover who has already set a number of school records for hits and runs this season.

“It’s something I don’t really think about,” Glover said. “I focus more on the team and what were are doing, they are what matters most to me.”

After coming so close so many times, the Broncos are hoping that this year is finally the year.

“I want to go out with a bang,” Glover said. “I want this team, who has faced so much adversity this season, to win that conference championship for the first time ever.”

Boise State knows what they have to do in order to make their ultimate goal become a reality.

“We have to continue to be strong, focused, and disciplined,” Thorpe said. “We have to learn how to win in these situations and how to learn how to put
it away.”

 

Brandon Walton
Brandon is a senior at Boise State where he is majoring in communication. He transferred to Boise State in 2012 from TVCC in Ontario, Oregon. Brandon has been writing sports for The Arbiter since Spring 2013 and just recently became the Assistant Sports Editor for The Arbiter. He is also involved with the Boise State radio station the Pulse and has several radio shows. His dream job is to work as a sports broadcaster for a big network such as ESPN as well as continuing writing sports for a major newspaper or magazine. In his spare time he watches sports, movies, plays video games, and owns people in ping pong.