BOISE, Idaho – The University of New Mexico softball team tied the game in the seventh inning and held off Boise State to push the game into extra innings but the Broncos used a walk-off home run to claim the second game of the series 7-5 on Saturday.
With one out, Shelbie Franc singled to the infield and later scored on Mariah Rimmer’s single center field to start the comeback and bring the score to 5-3. Rimmer and Shelby Lucero, who pinch ran for Naomi Tellez, both scored on Michala Erickson’s game-tying single to right center that helped push the game into extra innings.
"I really like how we fought back in the seventh," said head coach Erica Beach. "It showed great character and resilience."
Carrie Sheehan held the Broncos scoreless in the seventh but a walk-off home run gave the Broncos the win. Sheehan went the distance for the Lobos, pitching all eight innings. She allowed seven runs off six hits while walking four and striking out six.
“Carrie threw a great game,” said Beach. “She kept them off balance. Our offense fought hard and it was a great game.”
The Lobos were on the board first in the first inning. With one out, Franc and Tellez drew back-to-back walks. Rimmer singled to left to load the bases. Jasmine Casados drew a walk and scored Franc. The Lobos started their comeback in the fifth with one run off a Franc single through the left side that scored Gabrielle Stacey.
The Broncos were on the board in the bottom half of the first inning with one run. They pushed four across in the second inning off a grand slam to take a 5-1 lead.
Rimmer led the Lobos at the plate, going 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored. Erickson was 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Franc and Brandi Heimburg also had two apiece for the Lobos.
New Mexico drops to 16-35 on the season and 7-16 in the Mountain West. Boise State improves to 29-19 overall and 13-7 in the conference. The Lobos and the Broncos will finish up the series tomorrow at 1 p.m. MT. The game will be the final game of the 2014 season for New Mexico.