March 29, 2013
New Mexico Lobos Softball - On The Mountain West Road - At San Diego State
SAN DIEGO -- The University of New Mexico softball team dropped a 5-0 decision at San Diego State on Friday night in Mountain West play. The Lobos drop to 16-22 overall and 0-2 in league play while the Aztecs improve to 21-12 overall and 2-0 in MW contests.
UNM and San Diego State will play the final game of the weekend series tomorrow at 2 p.m. MT.
Friday's game was scoreless through five and a half innings until a Lobo error in the bottom of the sixth with two outs away and three runners on allowed two Aztecs to score. The next SDSU batter, Kaitlin Connors, cleared the bases with a homer to left center bringing in three more unearned runs and putting San Diego State up, 5-0. Lobo senior Kaela DeBroeckended the inning by striking out the next batter, but the damage had been done.
It's the second night in a row that a Lobo miscue has occurred when the game is locked at 0-0, and then was succeeded by a three-run home run by San Diego State.
Six Lobos got a hit apiece off the Aztecs' Danielle O'Toole - Mariah Rimmer, Karissa Haleman, Jordyn Bledsoe, Jordan Sjostrand, Courtney Geith and Naomi Tellez. New Mexico had a runner on in each inning except the seventh and left seven runs on the field.
"Kaela DeBroeck threw a great game and we battled offensively all game," head coach Erica Beach said. "We werne't able to pull out a clutch hit, and unfortunately, made a costly error on defense late in teh game.
"We went toe-to-toe with them all game and were so close to pulling out a good win."
The top of the fifth would've been UNM's time to put up runs as the Lobos loaded the bases with one out thanks to back-to-back-to-back singles by Bledsoe, Sjostrand and Ingram. However, SDSU threw out Guillermo (who pinch ran for Bledsoe) at home on a fielder's choice for the second out, and ended the Lobos' chances of scoring a run by throwing out Ingram on another fielder's choice.
San Diego State recorded seven hits off DeBroeck (4-6). She walked just one and struck out four in 28 batters faced.
The Aztecs' O'Toole and Rebecca Arbino combined for the shutout. O'Toole threw the first five innings and Arbino came in for the final two and earned the win. O'Toole tallied five strikeouts while Arbino fanned four.