The Lobos swept Yavapai Community College by scores of 13-3 and 5-2 on Sept. 28 before splitting with Western New Mexico on Sept. 29. UNM dropped the first game against WNMU, 3-7, and won the second, 8-3.
"Overall I am really pleased at our starting point this year," head coach Erica Beach said. " We have a very athletic and versatile team. I was proud of our offensive output and overall our defense was very good. We made some amazing defensive plays.
"Our pitching overall threw well, but was challenged, so we have a great chance at improving on our weaknesses. I think we learned a lot about our team and can now have a better focus of what we need to do in this offseason to get ready for the start of season in February. I can tell our girls are getting stronger in the weight room and it is definitely translating onto the field. I look forward to see how much we grow over the next few months."
Lobos 13, Yavapai CC 3 - Sept. 28
The Lobos used six hits to take a 6-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning against the Roughriders in the opening game of the fall ball weekend. UNM capitalized on an error and used a hit to add a run in the third inning before putting up six more in the fourth off another six-hit inning.
Yavapai scored one run in the fourth inning and two in the fifth, but after 5 1/2 innings New Mexico held a 10-run advantage and run ruled Yavapai, 13-3.
Junior Carrie Sheehan started in circle for the Lobos and threw a complete game. She gave up seven hits, struck out one and walked two while allowing three earned runs.
Lobos 5, Yavapai CC 2
In the second contest, the Lobos again opened with a strong first inning as they used three hits and drew three walks to score five runs. New Mexico didn't score any more runs in the game, but was able to hold the Roughriders to just two runs to finish the game, 5-2. Freshman Shelbie Franc went 2-for-4 in game two to lead the Lobos. Sophomore Lisa Rodrigues threw all seven innings of the game. She allowed four hits, struck out four, walked one and allowed two earned runs. Western New Mexico 7, Lobos 3
Western New Mexico used three hits -- including a two-run homer -- and drew two walks to put four runs on the board in the top of the first inning.
The Lobos put up one run in the bottom of the first thanks to a single and aggressive base running by Rimmer.
The score stayed 4-1 in favor of the visitors through five innings before WNMU used two hits and capitalized on a Lobo miscue to add three runs in the top of the sixth.
New Mexico responded with four hits in the bottom of the frame, but were only able to bring two runs across.
Neither team scored in the seventh and the Mustangs took the opening game, 7-3.
Newcomer Tess McPherson threw all seven innings. She gave up six hits and seven runs while walking two and striking out six.
Lobos 8, Western New Mexico 3
New Mexico regrouped for its second game in the double header and used nine hits to score score eight runs.
Several Lobos saw playing time in the final contest of the weekend.
Rodrigues threw the first five innings of the game giving up six hits and three runs while striking out three.
Sheehan came in on relief for the final two innings. She allowed just one hit and struck out two.