Broncos Can't Finish Rally In 7-6 Loss
April 30, 2016

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    BOISE, Idaho - For the second-straight day, Boise State put the tying run on base in the bottom of the seventh but could not finish the rally, falling 7-6 to New Mexico Saturday at Dona Larsen Park.

    A one-out single from Teauna Hughes followed by a double from Kayla Clausen put runners on second and third. Hughes came in on Morgan Lamb's sacrifice fly to center and Clausen scored on Kora Wade's RBI single to left, and Cassidy Edwards walked to put two on with two out for Makenzie Sullivan. Facing Lobo closer Krissy Fortner, Sullivan grounded out to short to end the rally.

    Fortner picked up her sixth save of the season and second of the series, getting the final two outs despite giving up two inherited baserunners from Lobo starter Lauren Soles.

    Fielding errors early on by Boise State (12-33, 4-13 MW) put the Broncos in a four-run hole, helping New Mexico (22-20, 7-9 MW) to a 4-1 lead after two innings.

    New Mexico's first four runs of the game were unearned against Bronco starter Paige Reimann. It was Reimann's throwing error on a Cheyenne Smith bunt, though, that led to New Mexico's run in the opening frame, as Smith wound up scoring on a bases-loaded single from Jasmine Casados. Clausen, in center, prevented a second run from scoring on the play by throwing out Michala Erickson at the plate.

    After the Broncos tied it in the bottom of the first on Teauna Hughes' RBI groundout, New Mexico (22-20, 7-9 MW) loaded the bases with one out in the second. Reimann got a ground ball from Casados but Bronco shortstop Rebekah Cervantes couldn't come up with it, and all three runs scored to make it 4-1 New Mexico.

    The teams got a run each in the third, as New Mexico got an RBI triple from Karissa Haleman and the Broncos responded with an RBI double from Clausen. New Mexico, however, answered that Bronco run with two more in the top of the fourth, as Erickson led off the frame with her sixth homer of the year, and Chelsea Johnson brought in Rimmer with a sacrifice fly three batters later.

    Boise State loaded the bases with none out in the sixth and got a pair of runs out of it. After Corey Hendrickson's fielder's choice resulted in Clausen being forced out at home, Makenzie Sullivan plated Morgan Lamb with a grounder to short followed by Tatiana Sorokina's RBI single to right that scored Wade.

    Clausen, Sorokina and Wade each had two hits and an RBI Saturday while Cervantes went 2-for-4 with a double to pace the Broncos. For New Mexico, Erickson went 2-for-4 with the solo homer and Rimmer was 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored.

    Reimann took the loss to fall to 0-6 on the year, giving up seven runs (three earned) on eight hits and five walks over five and two-thirds innings. Shawna Burke held the Lobos scoreless and hitless over the final inning and a third.

    For New Mexico, Soles improved to 5-7, going six and one-third innings and giving up six runs (five earned) on 10 hits with four strikeouts.

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