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UNM Splits Games in Day Two of Lobo Classic
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  02/16/2013
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Feb. 16, 2013

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Head coach Erica Beach and her New Mexico Lobos split games on Saturday in Lobo Classic action, dropping the first game of the day, 7-2, to Hampton, and picking up a 3-1 win over Bradley in the following game. New Mexico is now 3-8 overall.

Seniors Cassandra Kalapsa and Kaity Ingram led UNM at the plate. Kalapsa was 3-for-6 over the two games, including a two-run homer in the top of the fourth against Bradley that scored the tying and go-ahead run of the game.

Ingram went 2-for-6 on Saturday, scored two runs and drove in one.

Senior Kari Gutierrez (0-2) got the start and took the loss against Hampton. The right-handed hurler threw 2.1 innings, giving up six hits and four earned runs while striking out two and walking two.

Lisa Rodrigues threw 4.0 innings and Kaela DeBroeck threw 0.2 of relief pitching against the Lady Pirates. Rodrigues, a freshman, scattered four hits, gave up two earned runs and struck out four. Senior DeBroeck allowed one hit and walked one in four batters faced.

Freshman Lauren Soles (1-1) threw a complete game against Bradley, allowing just four hits in 7.0 innings while walking three and striking out seven. The one run the Braves scored was unearned.

The Lobos play IPFW at 11 a.m. MT and face Central Michigan at 1 p.m. MT on Sunday -- the final day of the Lobo Classic. New Mexico topped Central Michigan on Friday evening, 4-1.

Hampton 7, Lobos 2

Freshman Mariah Rimmer led off the bottom of the first inning with a single and then stole second and third. Ingram singled through the left side and RImmer reached home to give the Cherry and Silver a 1-0 lead.

It became a tie ball game in the top of the second inning as Hampton's lead off drew a walk, was advanced off a sacrifice bunt and was driven in off a single through the right side.

The contest remained tied at one run apiece until the top of the third when five hits by the Lady Pirates resulted in three runs. Hampton picked up another run off a hit and a Lobo miscue in the top of the fourth frame to make it 4-1 in favor of the visitors.

In the bottom of the fifth, with two outs accounted for, Ingram drew a walk and was driven in off a double to center by Chelsea Anaya to push the Lobos to within two runs, 5-2.

Two hit-by-pitches, a walk and two hits for Hampton in the top of the seventh, however, allowed for two runs and Hampton led 7-2 in the final frame. Anaya drew a walk in the bottom of the seventh, but was never brought home and the game ended 7-2, Hampton.

Lobos 3, Bradley 1

New Mexico quickly regrouped for its second game of the day. The Lobos outhit the Braves, 8-4, and played error-free ball in pursuit of picking up their third win of the season.

The Lobos were designated as the visiting team and had the first at-bat. A single up the middle by Ingram translated to a 1-0 Lobo lead as she was driven in off a double from Naomi Tellez in the first inning.

Bradley answered with a run in the bottom of the inning, as the Braves led off with a single and loaded the bases with a walk and a hit-by-pitch. The runner reached home on a passed ball and going into the second, it was 1-1.

The Lobos struck in the top of the fourth inning with one out away. Karissa Haleman was hit by a pitch and then brought around off a homer to center field by Cassandra Kalapsa. It was Kalapsa's second homer of the season and made the score 3-1 in favor of UNM.

Neither team managed to add more runs throughout the final 3.5 innings and stellar pitching by Soles only allowed three batters to reach the rest of the game. The Lobos held on for the 3-1 win.

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