March 23, 2012
New Mexico Lobos Softball - at SpringHill Suites Invitational - Boise, Idaho
Friday: Lobos 13, Weber State 5 (5); Lobos 6, Seattle 5
Saturday: 10 a.m., vs. Seattle University - Live Stats
Sunday: 10 a.m., vs. Texas-San Antonio - Live Stats; Noon vs. Weber State - Live Stats
GoLobos.com: Game Recap, Statistics
UNM opened the day with a 13-5 run-rule victory over the Wildcats. While the score suggests it was an easy game for New Mexico, the Lobos actually trailed 5-4 after three innings thanks to back-to-back-to-back home runs and a walked in run by Weber State in the top of that inning.
New Mexico quickly recovered, pulling ahead off a two-run home run by Danielle Castro in the fourth, and then adding seven runs in the fifth -- four of which came off a grand slam by Jordan Sjostrand--to end the game two innings early, 13-5.
Kari Gutierrez got the start and the win against Weber State to improve to 2-1. The junior threw nearly a complete game with Kaela DeBroeck making a 10-pitch appearance in the third inning. In five innings, Gutierrez gave up five hits and four earned runs while striking out two. Debroeck allowed one hit and one earned run.
"Kari started the game strong," head coach Erica Beach said. "Her pitches were moving well and she was keeping them off balance.
"Our pitching staff as whole needs to continue to work on not giving up walks and free bases. If we can improve on that, we should be in good shape."
The Lobos also found themselves behind by one run after three innings of play in their second game against Seattle. The Redhawks used a Lobo miscue and a three-run homer by Bubba Morrow to put up four runs in the bottom of the third and take the lead, 4-3.
Neither team scored in the fourth or fifth innings, but in the top of the sixth the Lobos strung together three hits to take the lead for good. With one out already accounted for, Jessica Lujan-Dresslar singled to center and was advanced to second on a single up the middle by Danielle Castro. Sheryl Guillermo grounded out to the short stop, but both Lujan-Dresslar and Castro advanced. Up next was Jordan Bledsoe who battled to a full count before hitting a three-run homer, giving the Lobos the 6-4 advantage. Seattle switched pitchers after Bledsoe's long ball and two batters later, got the third out.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Redhawks had the bases loaded with one out when Jenny Hurst hit a single through the right side to send one run in and keep a runner on every bag. Carrie Sheehan struck out the next batter and the Lobos got out No. 3 on a fly ball to right field.
Neither team scored in the seventh--Seattle put some pressure on the Lobos, getting a runner on third base with two outs, but UNM's defense clamped down and secured the game, 6-5.
"We hit the ball really well and we got some timely hitting in a close game against Seattle," Beach said. "Jordyn Bledsoe hit her first home run of the year and those turned out to be crucial runs.
"Our defense played really well all day and got us out of some tough situations. Overall, I'm proud of how our team fought."
Carrie Sheehan improved to 7-2 with the win over Seattle. The freshman threw 6.1 innings before Gutierrez came in for the final two outs of the game. Sheehan struck out seven while allowing nine hits and four earned runs.
Danielle Castro led UNM at the plate against Weber State. Castro went 3-for-3, scored three runs and notched three RBIs. The senior also hit her first home run of the season.
Two others homered against the Wildcats--Shenise Cox hit her 11th of the season and Jordan Sjostrand came up big with a grand slam in the bottom of the fifth inning, her third home run of the season.
Jessica Lujan-Dresslar went 2-for-4 against Seattle, driving in one run. Three Lobos hit dingers against the Redhawks--Stefanie Carramusa recorded her 11th homer, Chelsea Anaya reached No. 6, and Jordyn Bledsoe's three-run blast was her first of the season. The senior became Lobo No. 10 to hit a home run in 2012.
New Mexico plays one game Saturday at 10 a.m. against Seattle. The Lobos have two games--a 10 a.m. bout with Texas-San Antonio and a game at 12 p.m. with Weber State.