April 28, 2012
New Mexico Lobos Softball - On The Mountain West Road
Friday: Boise State 8, Lobos 5
Saturday: Boise State 8, Lobos 6
Sunday: 1 p.m., Lobos at Broncos - Live Audio, Live Stats
Key Fact: Boise State has won 28 straight games at Mountain Cove Softball Field, the second-longest active home win streak in the nation, trailing only Louisiana (36).
GoLobos.com: Game recaps, statistics
BOISE, Idaho -- Three Lobos hit home runs in Saturday's Mountain West contest at Boise State, but New Mexico was unable to fully recover from an early 6-0 deficit and dropped its eighth-consecutive game, 8-6, at Mountain Cove Softball Field in Boise, Idaho.
Stefanie Carramusa hit a two-run homer in the third inning, Chelsea Anaya led off the fourth with a solo shot to center and Danielle Castro led off the seventh inning with a homer to left center. Carramusa now has 19 home runs in 2012 and 35 for the junior's career, putting her one away from matching UNM's career home run record of 36 set by Kathy Moore who donned the Cherry and Silver from 1998-2001.
Boise State (32-15, 6-2) outhit the Lobos (24-18, 0-5) 13 to eight. Both teams had two miscues, but UNM's two errors translated to five unearned runs while BSU's only resulted in one.
Kari Gutierrez (5-7) pitched all six innings. The junior faced 32 batters, allowing 13 hits and three earned runs. Gutierrez didn't give up any walks and struck out two.
Lela Work (5-2) was in the circle for the Broncos. She allowed eight hits, five earned runs, struck out eight and walked just one.
Carramusa and Anaya both went 2-for-4 on the afternoon. Carramusa notched three RBIs and recorded a double --her 13th of the season-- in addition to the homer.
Jordan Sjostrand also had a double, finishing the day 1-for-2 with one RBI.
New Mexico and Boise State wrap up the weekend series at 1 p.m. on Sunday. The Lobos take a short break from Conference play as they travel to El Paso, Texas May 1-2 for a three game series at UTEP. UNM will host UNLV May 4-6 for its final regular-season homestand.
Boise State 8, Lobos 6
The Broncos claimed a 1-0 lead after the first inning and added five more runs in the second to take a 6-0 advantage after two innings of play. Five of Boise State's early runs were unearned as the Lobos committed an error in both the first and second frames. Tara Glover led off with a single, was advanced on a bunt by Kellie Caplan and made it to third on a Lobo miscue. Christina Capobianco knocked a single through the left side and Glover reached home.
Boise State started the bottom of the second inning with back-to-back singles and the third batter laid down a sacrifice bunt, putting runners on second and third. It was back to the top of the order and Glover recorded a single and drove in one run. The Broncos' center fielder then stole second --the Lobos recorded the second out of a foul out to third -- but then the second UNM miscue happened, allowing two runs to score and the inning to continue with a runner on.
Devon Bridges stepped up to the plate next and hit a home run to center field, driving in two more runs and giving the Broncos a 6-0 lead.
A two-run homer over the left field fence by Stefanie Carramusa in the top of the third got the Lobos on the board. Sheryl Guillermo reached on a single, advanced on a ground out and was driven in by Carramusa's long ball -- her 19th of the season.
Boise State managed a hit in the bottom of the inning, but didn't score any runs to make it 6-2 Broncos heading into the fourth.
Chelsea Anaya led off with a homer to center field--putting the score at 6-3. It was the only hit for UNM in the fourth. Glover responded in the bottom of the inning, leading off with a long ball to center and tacking on another Bronco run, moving the score to 7-3.
With two outs accounted for in the top of the fifth, Sjostrand drew a walk, but was left stranded as the next Lobo batter hit a pop fly to the first baseman. BSU's Jordan Kreiger doubled in the inning and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Mackenzie White drove her home with a single to second base, making it 8-3.
Neither team scored in the sixth--the Lobos' Jessica Garcia hit a single with two outs on, but she was left stranded. The Broncos had two hits in the sixth, but left both runners on.
Castro led off the final frame with a homer to left center. The Lobos used three hits and two Bronco errors to put up two more runs and come within two runs of Boise State, but just like Friday's game, UNM's seventh-inning rally ended too soon and resulted in a BSU victory, 8-6.