Tuesday, April 14, 2015

TUESDAY: Lobos battle NMSU tough in road loss; USU loses

There were two non-conference games involving Mountain West softball teams Tuesday, and in both games the MW came up two runs short.  New Mexico played well and battled in-state rival New Mexico State tough, but ultimately fell 4-2 on the road in Las Cruces.  The Aggies got a 3-run home run from Fiana Finau to take an early 4-0 lead and withstood a late Lobos rally.  UNM got a 2-run home run from Mariah Rimmer in the sixth to cut the deficit in half, but could get no closer.  NMSU, leading the WAC and unbeaten at 9-0, improved to 35-12 overall.  The Lobos dropped to 24-21 overall after giving New Mexico State a battle where both teams finished with just four hits.  The Aggies entered the game with one of the nation's leading offenses but were held in check by a trio of UNM pitchers ... Meanwhile, Utah State dropped a disappointing 8-6 decision at home to Utah Valley when the Aggies were just one out away from a 2-run victory.  Alleyah Armendariz gave up a 3-run home run with two outs in the seventh inning to relinquish a 6-4 lead, and then allowed another home run immediately after that to take the loss.  Utah State started this game without five of its top seven hitters in the lineup.  Sarah Chow (team-leading .426 batting average), Noelle Johnson (.318), Hailey Froton (.362), Paxton Provost (.274) and Victoria Saucedo (.280) did not start.  Provost entered with two outs in the bottom of the seventh in a pinch-hitting role and struck out.