April 27, 2012
New Mexico Lobos Softball - On The Mountain West Road
Friday: Boise State 8, New Mexico 5
Saturday: 3 p.m., Lobos at Broncos - - Live Audio, Live Stats
Sunday: 1 p.m., Lobos at Broncos - Live Audio, Live Stats
Key Fact: Boise State has won 26 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 -- Despite a three-run Lobo rally in the top of the seventh inning, Aubray Zell and the Boise State Broncos handed New Mexico its seventh-straight loss--fourth in Mountain West conference play--on Friday afternoon,8-5, at the Mountain Cove Softball Facility in Boise, Idaho.
The Lobos (24-17, 0-4) recorded 11 hits, but the Broncos (31-15, 5-2) pounded out 12 -- nine from its first five batters in the lineup -- and took advantage of three walks and three Lobo miscues to seal the game.
Garcia's two-run homer in the seventh inning was her 16th long ball of the season. Jessica Lujan-Dresslar's home run in the final frame was her 8th and second in MW play.
Carrie Sheehan pitched all six innings of Friday's contest and takes to loss to move to an 8-5 mark. The freshman face 39 batters, allowing 12 hits, seven earned runs, walking three and striking out one.
Zell improved to 19-9. The senior struck out three, allowed 11 hits and three earned runs.
The Lobos and the Broncos play at 3 p.m. on Saturday and wrap up the series at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
Boise State 8, Lobos 2
It was three up, three down for the Lobos in the first and the Broncos took full advantage in the bottom half of the inning, jumping to an early 3-0 lead after the first inning of play. Boise State's leadoff Tara Glover reached on a Lobo error and made it to third off a bunt down first base by Kellie Caplan. BSU loaded the bases as Christina Capobianco drew a walk and then Devon Bridges hit a single to left field, sending Glover across home. Allie Crump followed with another single, this time to center, which allowed two more runs to score.
Jessica Garcia led off the second inning with a single through the left side and advanced to second on a wild pitch. With two outs, Sheryl Guillermo reached first on an error by the Broncos' first baseman and Garcia ran home, putting the Lobos on the board and making the score 3-1 heading into the bottom of the inning.
It was the top of the order for Boise State and Glover led off with a double to center field and advanced to third as Caplan singled to left. Both runners eventually scored -- Glover was driven in off a sacrifice fly to right field by Capobianco, and Caplan stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch and was driven in on a ground-out to the short stop by Bridges. After two innings, the Broncos had a 5-1 advantage.
Neither team scored in the third. Stefanie Carramusa hit a double to right center, but no other Lobo reached.
Sheryl Guillermo reached on a single and Chelsea Anaya drew a walk in the fourth, but the Lobos ended the inning with two left on base. Boise State strung together four hits and used another Lobo error to add three runs in the fourth and increase its lead, 8-1.
New Mexico put up one run off three hits and a Bronco error in the top of the fifth. With one out, Carramusa hit a single through the left side and was advanced by a single to right field by Shenise Cox. Chelsea Anaya singled with a slap to the pitcher and Zell made a throwing error, which allowed Carramusa to score and both Cox and Anaya to take an extra base. The Broncos squelched any chance for more Lobo runs however as Garcia hit a line drive to the second baseman who then threw the ball to the short stop and tagged Anaya out.
The sixth inning was another scoreless one for both teams. With two outs away, UNM got back-to-back singles from Guillermo and Jessica Lujan-Dresslar, but left both runners stranded.
The Lobos found life in their bats in the top of the seventh. Having trailed the entire game and having entered the final frame down, 8-2, Garcia stepped up to the plate with two outs and one runner on. The senior watched a ball go by and then sent the second pitch sailing over the left field fence, putting the Lobos a bit closer to the Broncos, 8-4.
Lujan-Dresslar stepped into the batter's box next and she crushed the second pitch, hitting a long ball over the center field fence and putting one more run up in the visitor's column to make it 8-5.
UNM's rally ended three runs short as the next Lobo batter grounded out.