Oct. 16, 2011
TUCSON, Ariz. - The University of New Mexico was 1-1 on Sunday, the final day of the Arizona Fall Classic. The Lobos fell, 10-8, to Phoenix College in game one and defeated Arizona Central, 5-0, in game two. The pair of games concludes New Mexico's offseason contests for 2011.
The Lobos started out strong in game one against the Bears, scoring four runs in the top of the first inning. Kerry Hodgins reached on a bunt down the third baseline and was advanced to second when Jessica Garcia reached on a Phoenix error. With two runners on and only one out, Stefanie Carramusa hit a home run to left field and put three runs up on the board for New Mexico. Jessica Lujan-Dresslar followed, also hitting a homer over left center.
The Bears answered, scoring two runs on two hits in the first inning and one run on two hits in the second, making it 4-3 in favor of the Lobos after two innings.
In the top of the third, Hodgins was again an offensive spark for New Mexico. The senior hit a single through the right side, advanced to second on a wild pitch and made it to third when Garcia flied out to center. Carramusa followed, hitting a double down the third base line and driving in Hodgins. Lujan-Dresslar stepped up to the plate next and hit a single to left field, allowing Carramusa to reach home and putting the Lobos up 6-3.
New Mexico's lead was brief as the Bears added four runs on three hits and a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the third to capture the lead, 6-7.
The Lobos reclaimed the lead in the top of the fifth as Hodgins again reached on a single, this time to left field. Garcia hit a two-run homer to left center, making it 8-7 New Mexico.
The lead didn't last long, as Phoenix used one hit and a Lobo miscue to tie the game at 8 apiece after five innings of play.
The game stayed locked at 8-8 until the bottom of the seventh. The Bears' thirdbaseman Jamie Morgan led off with a walk, stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch. With one out, Phoenix's Rachel Meyer ended the game with a two-run homer over the right field fence.
Three pitchers split time in the circle for New Mexico. Kari Gutierrez threw the first two innings. Carrie Sheehan pitched for four, facing 20 batters and striking out four. Kaela DeBroeck entered in the bottom of the seventh.
The Lobos' number two, three, four and five batters -- Hodgins, Garcia, Carramusa and Lujan-Dresslar - each had an exceptional game at the plate. Hodgins was 3-for-4 and scored three runs, while Garcia had a home run, scored two runs and drove in two. Carramusa also had a homer and a double in three at-bats, crossed the plate twice and tallied four RBIs. Lujan-Dresslar hit a home run and a single, scored one run and had two RBIs. Game two against Central Arizona went much better for New Mexico and ended with a 4-0 Lobo victory.
Carramusa remained consistent at the plate, going 2-for-3 and hitting one home run--her fifth of the tournament.
Freshman Adriana Correa also hit a long ball in the Lobos' final game of the tournament, en route to going 1-for-2, scoring two runs and driving in two.
DeBroeck was in the circle for New Mexico for all seven innings. The junior faced 26 batters, striking out six and only giving up two hits.
The Lobos scored runs in the second, fourth and sixth innings.
In the second inning, Lujan-Dresslar reached on a fielder's choice and was driven in by a Chelsea Anaya double to right field.
Garcia and Correa scored runs number two and three in the fourth as Garcia led off the inning with a double to right and was advanced to third on a Lujan-Dresslar foul out to right field. Correa's homer to right center made it 3-0 Lobos heading in to the fifth inning.
New Mexico's final run of the day came from a Carramusa solo home run down the left field line.
The Lobos were 2-2-1 over the three-day Arizona Fall Classic. New Mexico tied with Pima Community College (tourney games had a two hour time limit) and defeated Cypress College on Friday, lost to Arizona on Saturday and split games with Phoenix College and Central Arizona College on Sunday.
New Mexico finished 5-2-1 overall in the offseason, having swept El Paso Community College in a double header and defeating Eastern New Mexico University the first weekend of October.
The Lobos will begin the regular season with the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz., February 10-12, 2012.