LOCAL ROUNDUP: BSU lands Oregon State transfer

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Former Caldwell High School left-handed pitcher Jordan Britton has signed a Financial Aid Agreement and will join the Boise State baseball program as a graduate transfer this fall.

Britton played three years (2016-18) at Oregon State and was a member of the Beavers’ national championship in 2018.

“You never know when opportunity knocks and when it does you better answer the door," Boise State head coach Gary Van Tol said. “We’re thrilled to have Jordan come back home to finish his college career in a Broncos’ uniform. To have someone with a national championship ring in our clubhouse will help set the tone as we build our own championship culture. Jordan understands what it takes to compete at the highest level. His presence will make an immediate impact on and off the field.”

At Oregon State, Britton appeared in 31 games, including nine starts. He was 4-2 with one save, a 3.63 ERA, a 1.255 WHIP, 5.97 strikeouts per nine innings, and a .240 batting average against.

Boise State’s roster now consists of 31 student-athletes, including 14 pitchers.

BSU SOCCER PICKED TO WIN: For the first time in program history, the Boise State women’s soccer team has been selected to finish first in the Mountain West, according to a preseason coaches' poll.

Boise State finished with 109 points and four first-place votes to edge out San Jose State by four points and one first-place vote.

New Mexico grabbed three first-place votes and 104 points while San Diego State recorded the final two first-place votes and 96 points. UNLV and Wyoming (70 points) tied for fifth. Fresno State (62), Colorado College (59), and Utah State (40) finished sixth, seventh, and eighth respectively.

Boise State returns 21 letterwinners led by two-time MW Offensive Player of the Year Raimee Sherle. Sherle, netted a Mountain West record 20 goals in 2018. She will be joined by fellow 2018 MW First Teamer McKenna Kynett as well as Macie Nelson, a member of the 2018 MW All-Newcomer Team.

The Broncos kick off their regular season, Aug. 23 in Moscow, Idaho against Idaho. Their first home game will come Aug. 25 against Eastern Washington.

SAUCERMAN RETURNS TO STEELHEADS: Defenseman Colton Saucerman has agreed to terms with the Idaho Steelheads for the 2019-20 season, joining the organization for his fourth professional season.

“After the trade happened last year and seeing the setup with how the organization is run, I think how everything is handled on a day-to-day basis makes your life easier and makes you look forward to playing in spots like [Boise],” said Saucerman. “It’s rare to play in a spot like that with such a huge fan base, so I’m excited about coming back.”

Saucerman, 27, played 10 games for the Steelheads last season, scoring three goals and five assists for eight points with one power play goal and one shorthanded goal. The Colorado Springs, Colorado, native was acquired by the Steelheads on Nov. 13 from the Manchester Monarchs and between the two teams posted four goals and eight assists for 12 points through 22 games.

The acquisition of the 5-foot-9, 191-pound defenseman created an immediate impact for the organization and the Steelheads fan base from his physical appearance to his on-ice play.

“We are ecstatic to have Colton back this season,” said Idaho coach Everett Sheen said. “He’s a very dynamic defenseman who does everything you could ask of a top defenseman. He’s a vocal leader on the backend that will help us get up and running from where we left off last season with our defensive core.”

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