Stevens: Lobos Win Series But Drop Finale To Boise State
April 7, 2013
New Mexico Lobos Softball - Mountain West -- At Lobo Field
Sunday: Boise State 13, New Mexico 0
By Richard Stevens - Senior Writer/GoLobos.com
It was a Mountain West game of coaching theatrics that included a splash of ump baiting and a dash of controversy. However, in the end it came down to putting the bat on the ball.
The Boise State Broncos won that battle, too.
Boise State pounded out 14 hits to produce 13 runs as the visitors from Idaho left Lobo Field Sunday with a convincing 13-0 mercy-run win that allowed Boise State to avoid being swept by the New Mexico Lobos.
"We won the series," said Lobo Coach Erica Beach. "We fought hard for two wins and I'm happy to leave here with a two-and-one record. Now, we are looking forward to UNLV and getting prepared for that."
The game featured some coaching theatrics early as Boise State continued to harp on the game umpires about the pitching style of UNM freshman Lauren Soles. The Boise side of the field kept begging for illegal pitches and finally got their way.
Beach quickly defended her young hurler and the game was stopped for several minutes with an on-the-field discussion.
"It completely changed the game," said Beach. "When your pitcher is deemed legal for two games and then suddenly deemed illegal, it changes her game, changes the way she throw. I have no doubt it affected the outcome of the game and I'm disappointed about it.
"(Boise State) was complaining about the illegal pitch all game until they (umps) call it. That's what (Boise) has been doing the last two days and they started calling it. I feel bad for Lauren. That's kind of the breaks that come with the game. You never know what you are going to get."
The Lobos and the Broncos played the first inning at 0-0 but Boise State erupted for four run in the top of the second to throw UNM into a quick hole. Bronco Brittany McCray hit a two-run homer to give Boise State a 2-0 lead. The Broncos used a double by Devon Bridges, a high-bouncing grounder down third base line, to push two more runs across the plate.
Bridges ended the game with five RBIs on three hits and McCray had three RBIs on three hits. The Lobos ended the game with three hits - two by Courtney Geith and one by Jordan Sjostrand. UNM stranded six runners.
UNM's best chance to reach the scoreboard came in the bottom of the third inning when Mia Hignojos walked and Sjostrand and Geith singled with one out. But UNM could not push across any of those Lobos.
"I think Boise State put the bat on the ball really well and we had a hard time battling back," said Beach. "I thought we played a great series. It was back and forth all series so I knew it would be a tough game again. They (Broncos) are not a team that is going to back down by any means."
Boise State put the game pretty much out of reach in the top of the third inning by pushing five runs across the plate on five hits. The Broncos scored another five runs in the fifth inning. A collegiate game is ended after five innings if either team is up by eight or more runs.
Soles picked up the loss for UNM and dropped to 8-11 on the year. The Lobos are 18-24 overall and 2-4 in Mountain West play. Boise State is 17-19 and the series with UNM was the Broncos first taste of MW play. They are 1-2 in league play.
"We'll keep refocusing and keep fighting," said Beach.
The Lobos play a three-game series at UNLV this weekend and then return home to Lobo Field for five games - three vs. Nevada (April 19-20-21) and two vs. UTEP (April 24).