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Lobos Drop Series to Rams

FORT COLLINS, Colo.— The Colorado State Rams broke the scoreless Mountain West contest with three runs in the third and added four runs in the fourth as the Lobos dropped the final game of the series 8-0 in five innings on Sunday.

UNM finished with six hits in the game, led by two from Andrea Howard that included a double, and extended the Lobo’s on-base streak to 20 games.

The Lobos had chances early, with Ashley Archuleta leading off with a single and Howard following two at-bats later with a single to put a runner in scoring position with one out. However, a fielder’s choice that resulted in an out at third and a lineout ended the inning with two left on base.

In the second, the bottom of the lineup worked to put the Lobos on the board with Reyan Tuck drawing a walk, Sydney Broderick reaching on an infield single and Peyton Robinson loading the bases with a perfectly placed hit between first and second that allowed everyone to advance safely. The Lobos couldn’t keep the momentum and left the bases loaded.

After leaving another runner on base in the top of the third, CSU broke the tie in the bottom half of the inning on a one-out single through the left side that scored the runner on second. A walk loaded the bases on the next at-bat, and a fly ball to Howard in center produced another run as the Ram tagged from third. CSU added another run before the inning came to a close.

CSU added to its lead with four runs in the fourth, and UNM tried to get a run of its own in the top of the fifth with Howard hitting a standup double down the left-field line with one out. Taryn Young singled to the shortstop to put runners on the corners, but the Lobos couldn’t push a run across, leaving two more runners stranded.

In the home half, the Rams had runners reach on a hit-by-pitch, a fielder’s choice that eliminated the lead runner and a single just out of reach of Amber Linton that put runners on the corners. A two-out single to right field scored the runner from third to end the game.

UNM threw two pitchers in the game, with Linton going 4.1 innings and Brianna Sanchez going 0.1.

Following the series with CSU, the Lobos are 22-16 on the season, 2-7 in the Mountain West. UNM hosts Fresno State for a three-game series starting Thursday, April 14.