ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Fresno State used runs in four of the five innings to take the three-game series with a 20-0 win over the University of New Mexico softball team on Sunday afternoon at the Lobo Softball Field.
“We just put a lot of extra pressure on ourselves,” said head coach Erica Beach “We were trying to do too much and that’s not a good way to play ball.”
The Bulldogs plated two runs in the first inning, 10 in the second, five in the third and three in the fourth. They also used solid pitching to keep the Lobos off balance at the plate.
The Lobos only tallied two hits, coming from Brandi Heimburg and Willow Kalinen. Heimburg’s hit came in the first inning, when she led off the Lobos with a double to right center. Heimburg was then moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Shelbie Franc but was stranded as Fresno State recorded the final two out. Kalinen’s hit came in the third inning, a single through the left side.
“Their pitcher’s threw really well those second two games and kept us off balance,” said Beach. “You give credit to them as well because I think they stepped up after a rough first day.”
New Mexico’s pitching staff gave up a total of 10 walks, 18 hits and only struck out one. Lisa Rodrigues took the loss, pitching 1.1 innings and giving up 9 runs, all earned and walking seven. Her record drops to 4-7 on the season. Carrie Sheehan came in for two-thirds of an inning and Tess McPherson pitched the final three innings.
“We had way too many walks and way too many free batters,” Beach said.” It just didn’t come together for us in the circle. Honestly, it’s really hard for the offense to put 12 runs up on the board to win a ball game.”
The Lobos drop to 11-25 on the season and 2-7 in the Mountain West conference. Fresno State improves to 21-13 overall and 6-3 in conference action. Next weekend, the Lobos will be on the road, visiting San Jose State for a three-game conference series. The first game on Friday will be at 4 p.m. MT.