San Jose State 10, New Mexico 1
San Jose, Calif. -- The New Mexico Lobos fell into a deep 9-0- hole in the bottom of the first inning, managed to score only a single run over the next four innings and lost a Mountain West game 10-1 Saturday to the San Jose State Spartans.
The Lobos were able to rally on Friday for a 9-4 win in extra innings, but didn’t have enough answers at the plate on Saturday to crawl out of a 10-0 deficit after two innings.
The Lobos scored their lone run in the top of the fourth inning when Jasmine Casados singled home Mariah Rimmer. Rimmer had reached base on a fielder’s choice that forced Naomi Tellez out at second. Tellez opened the frame with a single. Rimmer stole second and scored from that bag on Casados’ hit up the middle.
The Lobos Lisa Rodriguez got the start and faced seven batters before giving up the circle to Carrie Sheehan, who came in down 7-0 with no outs. Rodriguez gave up three hits and three walks and took the loss.
Sheehan gave up another two runs in the first inning, but only allowed the Spartans a single run over the next three innings. The game was called after the fifth inning with UNM down 10-1 (8-run rule after five).
The Spartans pounded out eight hits and also took advantage of four walks and four New Mexico errors. The Lobos were held to three hits and had no walks, but avoided the shutout with two hits in the fourth inning. Brandi Heimburg, who led off for UNM in the MW contest, also joined Casados and Tellez in the hit column.
Spartan Madison Fish got the win for San Jose State. The teams are now tied 1-1 in the three-game series with the final game Sunday at 1 p.m. The Lobos return to Lobo Field next Thursday, Friday and Saturday for a three-game Mountain West series with UNLV.