Boise State softball season underway
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The Boise State softball team opened its season with a 2-3 mark at the Kajikawa classic in Tempe. Four of the six teams that played in the tournament made the postseason last year.
Despite dropping their last two contests, head coach Erin Thorpe and her players were just happy to get out of the cold and back on the basepaths.
"We've been stuck in the indoor (facility) all year, so it was a lot different playing on an actual field," said senior outfielder Holly Bourke.
"It was great to get some rust off and be able to actually see dirt, see the field, see opponents and play some ball," commented Thorpe.
Some Broncos saw playing time a little sooner than they expected. All eight Bronco freshman and both junior college transfers made it onto the diamond over the weekend.
"I think everybody should have that role under their belt, knowing that any time you should step up," said freshman pitcher Sarah Barnes, who hit her first collegiate homerun in Tempe.
"We knew it was going to have to happen," Thorpe said in reference to underclassmen having to step up.
"It's just the makeup of our team this year. It's going to be interesting, we're going to see who steps up, and who can handle the pressure the quickest."