ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The University of New Mexico Softball team made a run in the third and fourth inning but wasn’t enough, dropping the series finale 13-5 in five innings to Colorado State on Wednesday afternoon at Rams Field.
The Rams got off to a hot start with six runs in the first inning and two runs in the second to take a quick 8-0 lead.
The Lobos answered the next three innings and Carrie Sheehan came in to relieve Lisa Rodrigues and kept the Rams scoreless in the third and fourth inning. With two outs in the third, Mariah Rimmer doubled to center field to score Shelbie Franc and Naomi Tellez.
In the fourth, the Lobos put up two more runs to cut the CSU lead to 8-4. Jordan Sjostrand led off the inning with a double to left field. Michala Erickson put down a bunt and was safe at first, advancing Sjostrand to third. Willow Kalinen moved Erickson over on a bunt and was also safe at first, loading the bases. Brandi Heimburg reached on a fielder’s choice to score Sjostrand. Heimburg then stole on the next play and Erickson scored on the throw down to second.
New Mexico put up its final run in the fifth, starting with a double through the left side from Tellez. She then moved to third on Rimmer’s ground out to second and later scored on Sjostrand’s single up the middle.
CSU had a big fifth inning, scoring five runs and ending the game on the mercy rule with a three-run home run.
The Lobos pounded out 11 hits, including a perfect performance at the plate from Tellez, going 3-for-3 with two runs scored. Rimmer went 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Sjostrand was also 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.
Rodrigues suffered the loss in the circle, dropping to 4-9 on the season. She allowed five runs off three hits with two walks. Sheehan allowed eight runs off 12 hits in 4.1 innings of relief work. She struck out three and walked one.
The Lobos drop to 14-31 on the season and 5-13 in the Mountain West conference. Colorado State is now 29-11 overall and 10-5 in conference play. New Mexico will play its final series at home this weekend, playing host to Utah State. The three Lobo seniors will be nominated on Sunday.