Lobos Battle with Boise State for first MW Victory, 6-5
April 29, 2012
New Mexico Lobos Softball - On The Mountain West Road
Friday: Boise State 8, Lobos 5
BOISE, Idaho -- The Lobos fought tooth and nail with Boise State to snap an eight-game losing streak, squelch the Broncos' 28-0 home record, and earn their first Mountain West victory of the 2012 campaign on Sunday afternoon, 6-5 in eight innings, at Mountain Cove Softball Field.
New Mexico (25-18, 1-5) got five extra-base hits and 11 hits total to Boise State's (32-16, 6-3) eight hits. Three Lobos hit long balls -- Jordyn Bledsoe, Stefanie Carramusa and Jessica Garcia. Carramusa's game-tying homer in the seventh was her 20th homer of the season and the 36th of her career. The junior shares the No. 1 spot in UNM history books with Kathy Moore (1998-2001) for career home runs.
The Lobos were error free on Sunday -- the first game without a miscue since April 8. The Broncos had one error in the fourth inning, which allowed one unearned run.
Kaela DeBroeck (12-6) made the start in the circle for New Mexico and pitched all eight innings. The junior faced 36 batters, allowing eight hits and five earned runs. DeBroeck walked four and struck out four.
Aubray Zell (19-10) took the loss for Boise State. The senior also threw the entire game, allowing 11 hits and five earned runs. In 36 batters faced, Zell struck out three and walked one.
Six different Lobos recorded a hit with Jessica Garcia leading the pack, going a perfect 4-for-4 with two RBIs and scoring two runs.
Carramusa went 2-for-4 and Danielle Castro was 1-for-3 with two RBIs.
New Mexico takes a break from MW play for a three-game series at UTEP, May 1-2. The Lobos and the Miners (14-36, 3-21 C-USA) play one game on Tuesday at 4 p.m. MT, and play a doubleheader on Wednesday with the first game starting at 11 a.m. MT.
UNM hosts UNLV May 4-6 for a three-game MW series.
Lobos 6, Boise State 5 (8)
Boise State jumped to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning as Tara Glover led off with a homer to center field and one out later, Christina Capobianco sent a ball over the left field fence.
The Lobos tied the game in the top of the third using two hits and an error by Boise State to score two runs. Chelsea Anaya reached with a double down the left field line and was driven in by a single to right field by Jessica Garcia. BSU's right fielder committed the error, which allowed Garcia to advance to second. Kerry Hodgins came in to pinch run for the Lobos' catcher and was moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Jessica Lujan-Dresslar and then ran home on a ground out up the middle by Danielle Castro.
The Broncos reclaimed the lead with two hits in the bottom of the inning, putting the score at 3-2 after three innings. That lead didn't last long, however, as Jordyn Bledsoe led off the fourth with a homer to left center. The Broncos didn't get a hit in the bottom of the inning giving New Mexico an opportunity to pull ahead in the fifth.
Garcia started the inning with a single to left field and was advanced to third on a double to left by Lujan-Dresslar. Castro was next and hit a sacrifice fly to left field, allowing Garcia to touch home and give the Lobos the go-ahead run. New Mexico entered the sixth inning with a 4-3 lead -- it was the first time the Lobos had a lead over the Broncos in this series.
The tides quickly changed in the bottom of the frame, however, and not in favor of New Mexico. With one out away and a runner on first, Anaya scooped up a grounder and threw it to Bledsoe who came over to cover second base. UNM got the out, but Bledsoe took the brunt of the slide by the Broncos' runner and freshman Mia Hignojos was called upon to replace the Lobo short stop. The next BSU batter hit a home run to center giving the Broncos the lead, 5-4.
Head coach Erica Beach has said all year her Lobos have tremendous fight--and they showed just that in the seventh, getting a homer from Stefanie Carramusa to tie the game at 5-all and holding off Boise State in the bottom of the inning to send the contest into extra innings.
Garcia stepped into the batter's box in the top of the eighth, watched a ball go by and got a hold of the second pitch, sending it over the center field fence. The Lobos managed to get two more hits-- a single through the left side by Castro and a slapped single by Guillermo. The runners made it to second and third off a wild pitch, but both were left stranded. Garcia's homer gave New Mexico a 6-5 advantage heading into the bottom of the inning.
BSU's first batter flied out to left but Holly Bourke reached on a single to third. The Broncos didn't manage another hit and the Lobos clinched the eight-inning victory, 6-5