Lobos Hit Three Home Runs in Saturday Loss to UNLV
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— The Lobos hit three home runs in Saturday’s game against UNLV and battled to tie the game in the third and pull within one in the fourth, but ultimately lost 16-6 in six innings.
Taryn Young, Andrea Howard and Janae Cameron each added to their season home run total, with Young hitting her seventh, Howard her 17th and Cameron her second.
Further, Howard has hit at least one home run in the last six series and her second home run in three games, while Young has hit four home runs in the last five games and five home runs in the last eight.
UNLV took an early 3-0 lead in the top of the second with a two-out rally, but UNM was quick to respond with two runs on four hits in the bottom of the inning. Young led off the inning with a home run to the bleachers in left field, the first hit of the game for the Lobos, and Emma Bramson reached on a walk following a full count. Briana Martinez sacrificed her over to second, setting up a Reyan Tuck RBI on a hit through the right side of the infield to score Bramson from second. Cameron and Ashley Archuleta reached on singles, to load the bases but left the loaded trailing 3-2.
Amber Linton worked around a Lobo error to keep the Rebels off the board in the third, and the Lobos manufactured a run in the bottom of the third on three hits to tie the game. Leslie Romero started off the home half with a single to center field and Bramson hit a one-out single to second to put Romero in scoring position. Martinez singled up the middle on the following at-bat to score Romero.
However, the Rebels pulled back ahead in the fourth with three runs, and like the second inning, the Lobos answered with two runs in their half at the plate.
UNM used a two-out rally with Archuleta hitting a single to center, and Howard hitting the second pitch she saw to the bleachers in right to bring the Lobos back within one.
The Rebels capitalized on two Lobo errors in the fifth to score six runs and added four runs in the sixth to put into play the run-rule. Cameron led off the sixth inning with a home run to left field for the final run of the game.
Linton struck out six in 4.2 innings of work, with Brianna Sanchez entering to pitch the final 1.1 innings.
Bramson finished 2-for-2 at the plate, Cameron was 2-for-3, while Howard led with two RBI. As a team, the Lobos finished with 11 hits, the ninth time this season finishing with double-digit hits. It was also the 14th time this season that the Lobos have hit multiple home runs in a game.
UNM closes out the series with UNLV on Sunday at noon.