ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – As the Lobos were on a eight-run comeback in the bottom of the fifth inning, the game was called after the top of the sixth, due to Idaho State having to catch a flight back home, putting the Lobos four runs short of being on top.
“I think we were going to keep fighting and win the game,” said head coach Erica Beach. “I love the fight that we showed. It shows our character and it shows that we are not going to just lay down for anybody and we’re going to fight.”
Idaho State produced three runs early in the first inning off starert Tess McPherson. The Lobos came back in the bottom of the first to score one run off Jasmine Casados’ single through the right side that scored Shelbie Franc, who reached bas off a single to the right side of the infield.
After the Lobos saw six Bengals cross the plate and three scoreless innings for their offense, they put their rally caps on and started stringing hits together in the bottom of the fifth.
Franc reached base after an error by the second baseman to start the rally. Franc was moved to second on Naomi Tellez’s single up the middle and later scored on Mariah Rimmer’s single up the middle. Shelby Lucero, who pinch ran for Tellez, advanced to third on the play. Casados came up and knocked a dinger over the centerfield wall to bring the score to 11-5.
“It was all a rush,” said Casados. “We were all relaxed, we all hit and we just wanted to keep that rally going.”
Four more runs came across the plate for the Lobos. After getting on base by drawing a walk, Michala Erickson scored off back-to-back hit-by-pitches. Franc came up for the second time and grounded out to the second baseman but earned an RBI for scoring Jordan Sjostrand. Karissa Haleman and Mia Hignojos were both plated by Tellez’s double to right center.
“We were really disappointed that the game ended early,” Casados said. “We had a rally going and hitting is contagious.”
Idaho State put up one run in the top of the sixth before the game was called.
“This is a great tournament and we had some great teams come in,” said Beach. “It’s always competitive and we love playing in front of our own fans. This was our first tournament at home, so it was exciting to sleep in our own beds, play on our own field and show Albuquerque what we can do. Our team really stepped up this weekend.”