Feb. 13, 2010
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SAN MARCOS, Texas--The University of New Mexico softball team bounced back at the CenturyLink Classic today, splitting a pair of games to move to 1-2 on the season. The Lobos mercy-ruled tourney hosts Texas State by a margin of 8-0 in the first game before falling to Oklahoma State 2-1 in the nightcap. New Mexico was leading OSU 1-0 through six innings, but the Cowgirls tied the game in the bottom of the seventh to force extra innings. OSU scored their last run in the 10th inning through the international tiebreaker rule, setting the final score at 2-1. New Mexico faces Northern Illinois at 8 a.m. MT tomorrow to close out the tournament.
"I'm pleased with the first game and our response, based on how difficult the loss was yesterday," said Lobo head coach Ty Singleton. "It was nice to see our players come out the way they did against a good team. A lot of players hit the ball hard. In the second game, Kaela [DeBroeck] pitched beautifully and the defense was solid. The good news is that we should have won the game, but the bad news is that we didn't execute with runners at third."
Freshman shortstop Stefanie Carramusa had a huge game at the plate in New Mexico's 8-0 drubbing of defending Southland Conference champions Texas State. Carramusa was 2-2 and had 5 RBI in the game, including a three-run homer to left center to put the Lobos up 3-0 in the bottom of the second inning.
The Lobos added a run two innings later, as senior right fielder Shaunte Duarte tripled to left center to lead off in the bottom of the fourth. Freshman third baseman Jordyn Bledsoe pushed Duarte across the plate with a sacrifice fly to center field.
Senior second baseman Cristin Anderson led off the fifth inning with a solo home run to left field. Freshman Cassie Kalapsa was given the nod to pinch hit, promptly sending a solo shot of her own over the left field fence in her first collegiate at-bat for the Lobos.
With the score standing at 6-0, the Bobcats sent relief in for starting pitcher Anne Marie Taylor. Carramusa tripled with runners on first and second to notch two more RBI and end the game by mercy rule.
Freshman Kari Gutierrez pitched a complete game in her first start on the mound as a Lobo, scattering four hits and striking out one. Taylor took the loss, giving up seven hits and six earned runs in 20 batters faced.
Sophomore first baseman Shenise Cox chipped in for the Lobos as well, going 2-3 at the plate. Anderson and Kalapsa were 1-3 and 1-1, respectively, notching an RBI each in the Texas State game.
Sophomore left fielder Jessica Lujan-Dresslar scored New Mexico's only run in the third inning against Oklahoma State. Lujan-Dresslar stole third base and was sent home when the ball got away from the third baseman.
The Cowgirls tied the game up 1-1 in the bottom of the seventh inning on a base hit up the middle with a runner at second base. After two scoreless innings, runners were placed on second base for each team as a result of the international tiebreaker rule. The Cowgirls moved their runner to third on a hard ground ball to first base, then closed the game with a sacrifice fly to right field which set the final score at 2-1.
DeBroeck took the loss for the Lobos, scattering five hits and striking out four in 9.2 innings pitched. Anderson and Lujan-Dresslar led the Lobos at the plate, as each went 2-4.
Texas State and Oklahoma State both qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 2009 before bowing out in their respective regionals. The Bobcats fall to 1-2 on the 2010 season after today's games, while the Cowgirls improve to 4-0.
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