March 22, 2013
New Mexico Softball Invitational - March 22-24 - Lobo Field
Friday, March 22: Game 1: Oklahoma St. def. Lobos, 11-0 (5 inn.); Game 2: Oklahoma St. def. Lobos, 6-1
Saturday, March 23: Lobos vs. Siena, 2 p.m. MT
Sunday, March 24: Lobos vs. Siena, 11 a.m. MT - Easter Egg Hunt (post game)
Tickets & Parking: $5 day pass, Park in Pit West
Looking ahead: Lobos open Mountain West play at San Diego State, March 28-30
GoLobos.com: Live streaming, GameTracker, box scores, recaps and LoboTV highlights
FANS PLEASE NOTE: PBR is happening at The Pit and Lobo baseball has a home series this weekend. Parking will be more congested than usual.
PARKING (New in 2013) - All fans, media, visiting teams and attendees should park in Pit West parking lot (via University Blvd.) and enter through the gate on the north side of Lobo Field. To see a map of parking near The Pit, please click here. Pit West is #3 on the map. Due to construction, Baseball South is not a public parking area.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The University of New Mexico softball team dropped to 14-20 on Friday night with two losses, 11-0 (5 inn.) and 6-1, against Oklahoma State at Lobo Field.
"We were uninspired today," head coach Erica Beach said of her team's performance on Friday.
"We need to be better; we're going to be better. This team is a fighting team so we will recover, but the energy wasn't there today and the focus wasn't there. We need to make a change and start coming out with more heart. We've got the talent, but if we don't come focused and ready to play then we won't compete with teams."
New Mexico managed just four hits in the doubleheader while the Cowgirls pounded out 26. OSU improves to 21-13 overall.
In addition to less than perfect focus and lack of pep, Beach believes her 'Bos are still recovering from the loss of a key leader and offensive star.
"I really still think that we're affected by the loss of Chelsea Anaya," Beach said.
The junior second baseman suffered a season-ending injury on March 10 in UNM's game with Yale at the University of Washington Husky Classic in Seattle, Wash. She was second on the team in batting average (.367), and had driven in a team-high 20 runs. Hitting with runners on, Anaya had a .415 average, and with runners in scoring position, she hit .480.
Since losing Anaya, the Lobos are 1-7, with their last win coming at No. 23/RV Oregon State on March 14.
"It's a big hit to our lineup and I think everyone is trying to do more than they usually do, and unfortunately in this sport, when you try harder you don't necessarily see results," Beach said. "You have to be smart, you have to do what makes you successful and our team has to realize that not just one person can do it, but that they have to work together to make up for the loss of Chelsea. I think as soon as we figure that out, we'll be fine."
From the get-go against the Cowgirls, things were tough. The Lobos gave up five runs on four consecutive hits -- a single, a double and back-to-back homers -- in the first inning of game one.
"That's a tough deficit to bounce back from," Beach said. "Carrie Sheehan threw decent but it was just too little too late."
OSU put up two runs in the fourth and added four in the fifth to run-rule UNM.
The Lobos' lone hit of the game came in the fourth inning with two outs away when senior Kaity Ingram slapped the ball over the third baseman's head. The next batter, however, popped up to second base.
Kaela DeBroeck started in circle for New Mexico and threw 1/3 of an inning. The senior faced five batters and allowed four hits and four earned runs. Sophomore Carrie Sheehan came in as the reliever. In 28 batters faced she allowed 10 hits and seven earned runs while walking three and striking out one.
Oklahoma State's Kat Espinosa tossed all five innings and struck out seven of the 17 batters she faced while walking none and only give up Ingram's single.
The Lobos had freshman Lauren Soles in circle for the second game. The lefty held OSU to a 12 hits and five earned runs while walking just one and striking out two.
Bledsoe scored UNM's lone run in the sixth inning as she reached on a single to right field, was moved to second on Sjostrand's single through the left side and to third on a sacrifice bunt by Courtney Geith. An error by the shortstop who failed to cleanly field a slap by Ingram allowed Bledsoe to reach home and erase the Lobos' goose egg on the score board.
The Cowgirls scored two runs in the first, a run in the second and another in the third, before capping things off with two in the fourth.
"Oklahoma State is solid offensively and they make plays defensively," Beach said. "Their pitchers threw well -- hats off to them. I think they played a great game. Unfortunately, we didn't give them as good of a game as we should have. It should have been a much closer ball game.
"We need to play two good games against Siena before conference play starts next weekend."
New Mexico faces Siena (5-8) at 2 p.m. MT, on Saturday and again at 11 a.m. MT on Sunday.
The Lobos open Mountain West play at league favorite San Diego State, March 28-30.