Boise State Swept In New Mexico
May 3, 2015

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - For the second day in a row, a big inning for New Mexico doomed Boise State as a 10-run fourth-inning paced the Lobos to an 11-3, five-inning win to finish the sweep at Lobo Softball Field.

Boise State (12-39, 4-17 MW) led 3-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth, but the Lobos (28-23, 12-9 MW) would send 13 batters to the plate and come out with 10 runs by the time their half-inning was through.

Lisa Rodrigues would end the game with a solo home run leading off the bottom of the fifth. She went 2-for-3 with three RBI Sunday while Chelsea Johnson, also 2-for-3, drove in four runs including a three-run home run in the fourth.

The New Mexico fourth began ominously as Mariah Rimmer singled off of Bronco starter Nicole Wilson to start the frame and came around with the Lobos' first run on Karissa Haleman's double off the wall in right. Chelsea Johnson knocked a single to center, scoring Haleman, followed by a Mia Hignojos double and a two-run single from Rodrigues which put the Lobos in front, 4-3.

Wilson' day would be done after hitting Michala Erickson with a pitch, bringing Rachel Rodriguez into the circle. Brandi Heimburg welcomed Rodriguez to the game with a single, loading the bases, and the Lobos would get two more runs over the next two at-bats as an error at short by Sara Ketelsleger and a bases-loaded walk by Jasmine Casados kept the inning going.

Two batters after Rimmer's sacrifice fly plated Heimburg, Johnson capped the frame with a three-run homer to right-center, her fifth of the season.

Wilson would take the loss for the Broncos, falling to 3-10 after giving up six runs on six hits over three-plus innings. Rodriguez was charged with five runs, only two being earned, on three hits over the final inning-plus.

Things had looked positive for Boise State early on, as Devon Bridges drove in Jordan Kreiger with a base hit in the first for a 1-0 lead. Wilson got out of a two-on, one-out jam in the second en route to holding New Mexico scoreless over the first three innings, and the Broncos added a pair in the fourth on Ketelsleger's third homer of the campaign, a two-run job with one out after Lindsey Nicholson's leadoff walk.

Boise State returns home for the final series of the season, hosting Utah State for a three-game, Thursday-Saturday set beginning Thursday at 4 p.m.


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