With two outs in the third, Lopez drove the ball over the left center field fence to tie the game at 1-1. Her 10th home run is just three short of the season record of 13 set by Brittany McConnell in 2008. Lopez now has 16 career home runs, cementing her into third place on the list.
The Spartans had just three hits in the game - Lopez's home run in the third, a Cheryl Freitas single to right in the fourth and a BranDee Garcia single to center in the seventh.
In the circle, Amanda Pridmore dropped her record to 18-14 on the season as she pitched her 24th complete game. She struck out seven but walked five in the loss. Pridmore now has 195 strikeouts on the season.
San Jose State faces Fresno State later Thursday night in an elimination game. The game could start any time after 8 p.m. MDT/7 p.m. PDT.
Las Cruces, N.M.
Hawaii 5 San Jose State 1
San Jose State 001 000 0 -- 1 3 2
Hawaii 103 010 x -- 5 5 3
Pridmore and J. Garcia. Ricketts and Wartner. WP - Rickets (28-3). LP - Pridmore (18-14). HR - B. Lopez (SJS). 2B - Wartner (H). 2 RBI - Iwata (H). Records - San Jose State 28-27; Hawaii 44-5.
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