BOISE, Idaho-New Mexico scored in each of the final five innings, including a leadoff home run in the eighth for a 6-5 win in extra innings against Boise State Sunday, at Mountain Cove Softball Field in the finale of a Mountain West series. The loss snaps the Broncos' home winning streak at 28 games.
Jessica Garcia drove the game winner to center field in the top of the eighth. It was Lobos' third home run of the game and eighth of the series. They used another long ball to get the game to the eighth inning. Down to its final strike, New Mexico (25-18, 1-5 MW) tied the game in the top of the seventh on Stefanie Carramusa's 20th home run of the year.
The Broncos (32-16, 6-3 MW) set up a chance to win the game in regulation with singles by the first two batters of the seventh inning. A fielder's choice, a strikeout and a fly out ended the threat with the winning run stranded at third.
Boise State hit three home runs of its own. Tara Glover led off the bottom of the first with her seventh blast of the year and got the Broncos out to an early lead. Two batters later Christina Capobianco followed with her sixth round tripper and Boise State took a 2-0 lead after one.
The third bomb put the Broncos on top 5-4 in the sixth inning. With two outs and a runner at first, Jordan Kreiger worked a 0-2 count to 2-2 before fouling off the next offering. Kreiger took the sixth pitch of the at bat deep to center field for the second home run of her career.
It is the first time this season the Broncos have lost a game in which they hit multiple homers (9-1).
Kreiger also provided a big hit in the fourth inning. After the Lobos tied the game in the top of the frame on two hits and an error, Allie Crump dropped a single on the left field line to start the home half. Crump moved to second on a ground out before Kreiger ripped a single off the fence in right center to score the go-ahead run.
New Mexico answered immediately with a leadoff home run from Jordyn Bledsoe in the fifth. A sacrifice fly in the sixth inning gave the Lobos their first lead of the series. It was short lived as Kreiger's home run made a bid to stretch Boise State's home winning streak to 29. Instead, Carramusa and Garcia delivered the dramatics and the Broncos fell at Mountain Cove Softball Field for the first time since May 1, 2010.
Aubray Zell took the complete-game loss for Boise State, falling to 19-10 on the year. Zell allowed six runs (five earned) on 11 hits. She walked just one and struck out three.
Kaela DeBroeck went the distance for the Lobos to earn her 12th win. DeBroeck scattered eight hits, walked four and struck out four.
Glover notched her 26th multi-hit game of the season and upped her hitting streak to 11 games with a 2-for-4 performance.
Boise State will head to Mountain West-leading San Diego State May 4-6, for its final conference series. The Aztecs will enter the series with a 6-0 mark in conference play. The Broncos can clinch a share of the conference title with a sweep.