ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Both teams pounded out a total of 31 hits but the University of New Mexico softball team came up short, suffering a 12-9 final game loss to UNLV on Saturday afternoon at Lobo Softball Field.
After a scoreless first inning for both teams, UNLV was on the board in the second after a solo shot over the center field wall. The Lobos responded in the bottom half of the inning with Jordan Sjostrand’s first home run of the season, a two-RBI shot over left field after Jasmine Casados doubled down the left field line.
New Mexico wasn’t in the lead for long as the Rebels put it right back over the fence in the third, a three-run shot to left field. But once again the Lobos came back swinging. Mariah Rimmer blasted a three-run homer to centerfield, fourth home run of the season, to take a 5-4 Lobo lead.
The next inning the Rebels put up six more runs and the game fell back into UNLV’s hands. The Lobos came back swinging again but only put up three runs in the fourth. They scored the three runs on back-to-back singles up the middle from Naomi Tellez and Rimmer.
Carrie Sheehan, the Lobos second pitcher of the game, held the Rebels scoreless in the fifth. New Mexico’s offense wasn’t quite finished as they posted one more on the board, bringing the score to 10-9 in UNLV’s favor. Michala Erickson led off the inning with a single up the middle and later scored on Brandi Heimburg’s single through the right side.
UNLV was also not finished for the game as they put up two more runs in the sixth and shut down the Lobo offense for the next two innings, claiming the series victory.
Heimburg led the Lobos at the plate, going 4-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Rimmer was 2-for-4 with four RBIs. Sjostrand, Erickson and Willow Kalinen each had two hits apiece. Tess McPherson took the loss for UNM, walking just two and striking out one. She allowed nine runs off 10 hits in 3.1 innings of work. Sheehan allowed three runs off five hits while striking out one in 3.2 innings of work.
New Mexico drops to 13-29 on the season and 4-11 in the Mountain West. UNLV improves to 19-24 overall and 9-6 in the conference. The Lobos have a full schedule next week as they travel to Colorado State during the week and return home for their final home conference series against Utah State.