ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The University of New Mexico softball team did just what head coach Erica Beach wanted and that was to come out early and score runs.
Before the doubleheader today, the Lobos came from behind in the last four out of five wins. Today they were on top 3-0 in the first game and allowed one run in the top of the first in the second game but rallied in the bottom of the inning and scored four to take the lead the rest of the way.
“It felt great to score first and be in the driver’s seat,” said Beach. “We need to continue to come out intense and confident early in the game.”
The Lobos definitely were confident throughout the entire doubleheader today, pounding out 13 extra base hits on the day. Eight of those extra base hits came in the second game, including five doubles, a triple and two home runs.
“The girls are putting a good swing on a good pitch,” said Beach. “They are dialed in. They are just ready to hit every pitch instead of second guessing themselves like they were earlier in the season.”
GAME 1: New Mexico 10, Detroit 3
In game one, the Lobos were on the board first with three runs. Chelsea Anaya drew a walk to start the Lobo rally. She advanced to second on Shelbie Franc’s ground out to the infield and advanced to first on a pass ball. Anaya then scored on Mariah Rimmer’s single to right field. Jasmine Casados came up big with a two RBI double to right center that scored Rimmer and Naomi Tellez, who reached on a walk.
New Mexico added four more runs in the third. Franc led off the inning with a single to right field and advance to second on a wild pitch. Back-to-back-to-back singles up the middle by Tellez, Rimmer and Mia Hignojos scored Franc and loaded the bases. Jordan Sjostrand doubled down the left field line to clear the bases.
Lisa Rodrigues kept Detroit off balance, keeping them scoreless through the first three innings. The Titans finally figured her out scoring three runs in the fourth. Lauren Soles came in relief, recorded three outs and kept the Titans scoreless for the rest of the game. Soles recorded two strikeouts, two walks and allowed three hits.
New Mexico added three more runs in the fourth to take a 7-0 lead off Rimmer’s three-RBI homer to the left field pole that scored Anaya and Franc and capped the scoring for the game.
GAME 2: New Mexico 13, Detroit 3
In game two, the Titans were on the board first, scoring one run off Lobo starter Tess McPherson. The Lobos didn’t let that bother them as they scored four runs in the bottom half of the inning. Anaya led off with a triple on the first pitch and scored off Franc’s single to second base. Bases were loaded when Tellez singled to right field, Rimmer reached on an error and Casados singled up the middle. Michala Erickson put a ball down the left field line for a double that scored Tellez and Rimmer. Casados later scored on Sjostrand’s sacrifice fly to right field.
Detroit posted a run in the top of the second and third innings, but the Lobos came back with another four run inning in the third. With one out, Rimmer singled to the infield and Casados came up and homered to left field. The Lobos then saw back-to-back-to-back doubles by Sjostrand, Hignojos and Brandi Heimburg to scored the final two runs on the inning.
Rodrigues came in to pitch in the third inning and again kept Detroit off balance. She recorded three strikeouts and one walk.
New Mexico added two more runs in the fourth and ended the game with the mercy rule off Tellez’s walk-off bomb to centerfield that scored Heimburg and Anaya.