#33 Boise State Softball 2021 Preview

Boise State Broncos
Overall Rank: #33
Conference Rank: #2 Mountain West
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Boise State continued to emerge on the national stage in college softball last season. The Broncos earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament and were sent to the Gainesville Regional. They beat Stanford twice in impressive fashion to make it to the regional final where they fell to Florida 5-0. Head Coach Maggie Huffaker and her staff did an excellent job in year one of enhancing a winning culture by returning to the NCAA Tournament. Looking ahead to 2021 it will be interesting to see how the Broncos respond as they won’t be able to sneak up on anyone.
2019: 36-16, 12-12
2019 Postseason: NCAA
Coach: Maggie Huffaker
Key Departed Players:
Kora Wade, OF, .401 BA, 3 HR, 18 RBI, 25 SB
Rebekah Cervantes, INF, .359 BA, 12 HR, 49 RBI, 7 SB
Gianna Mancha, P, 4.09 ERA, 12-8 W/L, 114.1 IP, 48 BB, 67 SO
Bradie Fillmore, UTIL, .348 BA, 15 HR, 50 RBI
Jessica McKay, OF, .323 BA, 9 HR, 38 RBI, 4 SB
Kelsey Broadus, P, 3.88 ERA, 15-7 W-L, 134.2 IP, 64 BB, 100 SO
Micaela Leal, P, 4.06 ERA, 2-0 W-L, 37.2 IP, 17 BB, 22 SO
Veronica Lynch, P, 4.84 ERA, 2-0 W-L, 22.1 IP, 7 BB, 7 SO
Key Returning Players:
Ashlyn Adams, OF, .349 BA, 5 HR, 38 RBI
Alison Seng, INF, .297 BA, 3 HR, 35 RBI
Karlee Johnson, INF/OF, .273 BA, 4 HR, 25 RBI
Serena Huchingson, C/1B, .246 BA, 4 HR, 15 RBI
This Boise State team is going to rely on its offense as Ashlyn Adams, Alison Seng, Karlee Johnson and Serena Huchingson will form a strong core within the lineup. Adams provides a nice mix of hitting for a high average along with some power as she hit .349, with five homeruns and 38 runs batted in. Seng, Johnson and Huchingson will lengthen this lineup and have the ability to chip in some timely homeruns along the way. The pitching staff lost Gianna Mancha after the 2019 campaign and Kelsey Broadus, Micaela Leal and Veronica Lynch are not returning for the 2021 season. That leaves Jordan Schuring and Hannah Bailey as the only experienced options in the circle. Coach Huffaker has attempted to add more experience to her pitching staff with the addition of Towson transfer Sara Johnson and Creighton transfer Kiele Miller. But this group should be about offense and if they live up to their potential, Boise State will be back in the NCAA Tournament.
Projected Postseason: NCAA Softball Tournament