Feb. 15, 2013
New Mexico Lobos Softball - Lobo Classic - Lobo Field
Friday: New Mexico 11, Hampton 3; New Mexico 4, Central Michigan 1
Saturday: 9 a.m., Lobos vs. Hampton; 11:15 a.m., Lobos vs. Bradley
Sunday: 11 a.m., Lobos vs. IPFW; 1 p.m., Lobos vs. Central Michigan
By Richard Stevens -- Senior Writer/GoLobos.com
Lobo Coach Erica Beach spoke of their importance going into the 2013 Lobo Classic being held at Lobo field.
In UNM's first seven games, the Lobos didn't get them. On Friday, they came in bunches in the Lobos' seven-run fifth and their three-run sixth which led to an 11-3 mercy rule win over Hampton.
The timely hitting came again in Friday's second game, a 4-1 win over Central Michigan. The Lobos also got some timely pitching on the mound as Carrie Sheehan went the distance in game one and senior Kaela DeBroeck got a complete game in UNM's win over Central Michigan.
"It feels good to get those first wins under our belts. We made improvements but there's still a ways to go. We need to continue to step it up for the next few days," Beach said. "We've been needing timely hitting from this lineup and so it was really nice to see some of that and also see new people getting some big hits and taking advantage of opportunities.
"Cassie came in and hit a home run, Nykilah hit a walk-off home run - those are really big moments for them and they've worked hard for those moments."
The first day of the Lobo Classic was good for the Lobos as they cracked into the winner's circle in 2013 and take a 2-7 mark into Saturday's action.
The Lobos and Central Michigan each got eight hits on a chilly Friday night, but the Lobos got some key hits with runners on base. Central Michigan wasn't so timely.
New Mexico 11, Hampton 3
The Lobos were helpful to Hampton in the top of the second and fell into a shallow 2-1 hole. The visitors from Virginia plated two runs with the help of two walks, two errors, a wild pitch, and UNM failing to cover third after the second error. It could have been worse as Hampton left two runners on base.
The Lobos then went three innings without being timely. Then the Lobo bats woke up.
The Lobos exploded in the fifth to take an 8-2 lead and used a three-run, walk-off homer by Nykilah Torres down the left field line to produce UNM's first win of the young season. Torres' blast also scored Chelsea Anaya, who reached base on a single, and Karissa Haleman, who walked off a 3-2 count.
The Lobos found a nice comfort zone in the fifth scoring their seven runs off seven hits coming off the bats of Kaity Ingram, Anaya, Haleman, Torres, Cassandra Kalapsa, Jordyn Bledsoe and Mariah Rimmer, who led off the inning with a swinging strikeout.
The Lobos got six solid innings on the plate from Carrie Sheehan, who limited Hampton to five hits and a single earned run. Sheehan walked five and struck out three facing 31 batters. The Lobos' runs-to-hits ratio accented their timeliness at the plate. UNM scored its 11 runs off 11 hits and left only five runners on base.
Anaya led UNM with three hits, two RBIs and two runs scored. Torres had two hits, four RBIs and scored twice. Haleman also had two hits for UNM and Rimmer and Bledsoe each had two RBIs.
New Mexico 4, Central Michigan 1
To score runs, timely hits don't always have to come in bunches like they did in UNM's 11-3 roll over Hampton. Sometimes they just need to come with a runner in scoring position.
Mariah Rimmer led off the first with a single and stole second. She was punched home off a single by Chelsea Anaya. In the fifth, Mia Hignojos and Rimmer singled and Kaity Ingram loaded the bases with another one-base hit. Karissa Haleman then singled and Hignojos and Rimmer scored on the action.
The Lobos got their fourth run in the top of the sixth which reminded UNM of the convenience of power. Cassandra Kalapsa opened the inning with a blast over the center field fence. It was UNM's second home run of the season.
DeBroeck got her first win striking out three and walking only one. Rimmer was the only Lobo in game two to get multiple hits as she went 2-for-4 and scored twice. Anaya, Haleman and Kalapsa had single RBIs.
"Kaela threw a great game," Beach said. "She was hitting her spots really well. When the time came and the pressure was on, she really came through for us.
"We had a lot of learning moments today. Our defense stepped up and made some great plays, but it also fell apart at different times. If we can play off the strengths that we had with our defense today, we'll be fine tomorrow."