BOISE, Idaho – The University of New Mexico softball team fought hard again but a home run proved the difference, suffering a 5-4 loss to Boise State in the final game of the season Sunday afternoon.
“We showed a lot of fight again this game,” said head coach Erica Beach. “Lisa threw well and we had some great timely hitting. We just put a few too many free runners on base and they capitalized on it.”
After a scoreless first inning for both teams, New Mexico was on the board first in the second inning. Mariah Rimmer led off the inning with a triple to right center. Jasmine Casados followed with a walk and Jordan Sjostrand bunted to score Rimmer for the Lobos first run of the game.
Lisa Rodrigues, the starting pitcher for the Lobos, held the Broncs in the third inning but the Broncos figured Rodgrigues out and scored four runs to take a 4-1 lead in the fourth.
New Mexico responded in the top of the fifth with three runs to tie the game at 4-4. Karissa Haleman led off the inning with a single to left center. Mia Hignojos reached base on an error but Haleman was out at second. Hignojos moved up as Erickson reached on an error. Hignojos later scored on Brandi Heimburg’s single through the right side. Tess McPherson, who pinch hit for Shelbie Franc, single to right center to load the bases. Naomi Tellez reached on a fielder’s choice and a throwing error by the Boise State shortstop scored Erickson and Heimburg to tie the game.
Lauren Soles came into the game to relieve Rodrigues and kept the Broncos off balance in the fifth and the sixth until Boise State homered in the seventh to claim the victory. Soles took the loss for New Mexico, dropping her record to 6-8 on the season. She allowed one run off two hits while walking two. Rodrigues allowed four runs off three hits while walking six and striking out one.
Heimburg led the Lobos at the plate, collecting two of the Lobos’ five hits. She also had one RBI and a run scored. Tellez and Sjostrand each had an RBI while McPherson, Rimmer and Haleman had the other three hits for New Mexico.
The Lobos end the 2014 season with a 16-36 overall record and 7-17 in the Mountain West conference. Boise State improves to 30-19 on the season and 14-7 in the league.