Nevada was on the board early again, taking a 5-0 lead in the third off Lobo starter Jensen Main. But the Lobos rallied and responded with a run in the bottom half of the inning. With one out, Cheyenne Smith drew a walk. She advanced to second on Shelbie Franc‘s sacrifice bunt and scored on D’Andra DeFlora‘s single to right center.
Jensen, who went the distance for the Lobos, held off Nevada in the fourth but gave up three more runs in the fifth. She kept them scoreless the rest of the way but the Lobo offense struggled to make things happen, leaving seven on base for the game.
The Lobos did put a run across in the fifth. Franc led off the inning with a single to left field and advanced all the way to third on DeFlora’s sacrifice bunt. Jasmine Casados drew a walk and Chelsea Johnson followed with a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Franc from third.
New Mexico went down in order the next two innings on offense.
Main took the loss in the circle, dropping to 6-5 on the year. She allowed eight runs off 13 hits , while striking out two and walking four.
The Lobos will look to take the series finale on Sunday against the Wolf Pack. First pitch is scheduled for noon, and the game will air on the Mountain West Network. A Easter Egg Hunt will take place at Sunday‘s game.
Box score: Nevada 8, UNM 2