Mercy Rule Queens: Boise State softball collects its fourth straight mercy rule win

Claire Keener | The Arbiter

The red hot Boise State softball team has been crushing opponents and taking names. 

With the season drawing to a close and the Mountain West tournament around the corner, the Lady Broncos have been a dominant force to be reckoned with. 

On April 26, Boise State defeated Idaho State 11-0, recording their fourth-straight mercy-rule win and eighth straight win.

In NCAA softball, there is a run-ahead rule or “mercy rule” that states if one team is up by eight or more runs after five or more equal innings, the plate umpire may declare the run-ahead rule and call for the end of the game.

Before the single non-conference game against Idaho State, the Broncos faced Utah State at Dona Larsen Park. 

Boise State softball swept Utah State in a three-game Mountain West series with an 11-2 mercy-rule victory on April 21, a 9-1 mercy-rule victory on April 22 and closed it out with a 11-3 mercy-rule win on April 23. 

 “I think the biggest thing for us is that we are taking it one game at a time,” head coach Justin Shults said. “We have a huge series this week against San Diego State, and we have to play good softball. We’ve been setting the tone consistently and I’m proud of the team.”

Over the weekend, Boise State softball set a program record in series attendance with a fan attendance of 2,038.

The Broncos currently hold a 28-12 record overall and 13-2 in the Mountain West Conference.

 Boise State softball can potentially clinch a top-two spot in the Mountain West conference tournament if it wins one of its next six games. 

 “We’re focused on one game at a time [ahead of the conference tournament],” Shults said. “Our job is to keep putting pressure on the selection committee by building our overall resume, and not really worrying about the one- or two-seed [in the conference tournament] because that will take care of itself by us playing good softball.”

Boise State will host San Diego State for its final Mountain West series April 28-30 at Dona Larsen Park.

[Boise State’s softball team competes against Fresno State, 2022.]
Claire Keener | The Arbiter

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