New Mexico Hosts Seattle In Home Opener
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  02/17/2010
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Feb. 17, 2010

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The University of New Mexico softball team opens their home schedule Saturday, Feb. 20, as they host Seattle University at Noon MT for a doubleheader at Lobo Field. The Lobos complete the four game homestand against the Redhawks on Sunday, Feb. 21 with an 11 a.m. doubleheader. GameTracker and live video streaming will be available for all four games. An audio broadcast will be provided for Sunday's 11 a.m. game only. All links can be found on GoLobos.com.

Saturday will be the third meeting between the Lobos and the Redhawks, who hold a 2-0 lead in the series. The teams last played a doubleheader at Logan Field in March of 2009, in which the Redhawks won 3-2 and 14-8. Seattle commences play in their first full season in Division I as a member of the Pacific Coast Softball Conference (PCSC). Joining the PCSC marks Seattle's first season as a member of a DI conference during their decade of play.

New Mexico is 2-2 after last weekend's CenturyLink Classic hosted by Texas State in San Marcos, Texas. The Lobos notched wins over Texas State and Northern Illinois by scores of 8-0 (5) and 7-2, respectively, and lost to Oklahoma State, 2-1 (9), and UT-Arlington, 3-2. New Mexico had a strong overall showing, establishing themselves at the top of a tournament field that included 2009 NCAA Tournament teams Texas State and Oklahoma State. New Mexico's losses were both one-run games in which they dominated, but let slip away in late innings. The Lobos outhit their opponents 31-19 over the course of the tourney.

Seattle is 0-5 after opening their season on the road at the Red Desert Classic in St. George, Utah, last weekend. The Redhawks lost to Northern Colorado and BYU on Friday by scores of 8-7 and 3-2, respectively. Their Saturday losses were handed out by San Jose State (7-3) and Utah (9-1), while they closed out the tournament with a 4-3 loss to Utah State on Sunday.

The Redhawks return 11 letterwinners and five starters from their 2009 squad. Seattle ended last season 18-20, and was picked to finish second in the PCSC in 2010 behind defending conference champions Portland State. Top returners are senior outfielder Katie Antich, senior outfielder Katie Peterson, and junior catcher Jessica Amador. Antich leads all returners with a .380 batting average from the 2009 season, while Peterson and Amador hit .303 and .281, respectively. Amador is at the top of Seattle's 2010 hitting charts, having posted a .417 average in five games played.

Expect to see senior Kelsey Reynolds and sophomore Hannah Klein on the mound for the Redhawks. Reynolds went 9-11 in the circle last year, including 45 strikeout and two shutouts, while Klein posted nine wins and was voted Freshman of the Year for Independent Schools. Rounding out the trio of SU pitchers is freshman Jessica Ulrich, who will most likely see time in relief.

Location: Seattle, Wash.
Conference: Pacific Coast Softball
Head Coach: Dan Powers
Record at Seattle: 185-111 (7)
Career Record: Same
Starters Returning/Lost: 5/4
Lettermen Returning/Lost: 11/7
2009 Record: 18-20
2009 Conference Record: n/a
NM vs. Seattle: Redhawks lead, 2-0
Last Time: Redhawks won 3-2 and 14-8 (3/19/09)
Web Site: GoSeattleU.com

The University of New Mexico softball team closed out the weekend on a high note, dropping Northern Illinois 7-2 in the last game of the CenturyLink Classic for both teams. The tournament was hosted by the Texas State Bobcats and was held in San Marcos, Texas. New Mexico improved to 2-2 on the season.

Despite dominating the University of Texas-Arlington and outhitting the Mavericks seven to four, the Lobos dropped their season opener 3-2 at the Classic on Friday. New Mexico led 2-0 through the fifth inning, but a three-run home run by the Mavericks broke up the no-hitter by Lobo sophomore Kaela DeBroeck. Senior second baseman Cristin Anderson went 3-4 as the Lobos' leadoff batter.

The Lobos bounced back on Saturday, splitting a pair of games to move to 1-2 on the season. The Lobos mercy-ruled 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.

Senior second baseman Cristin Anderson proved her worth as the Lobos' leadoff batter this weekend, going 7-14 to hit .500 over the course of four games. Anderson had a great approach to the plate and strong at-bats no matter the pitcher, opponent, or situation. She went 3-4 at the plate in the Lobos' season opener against UT-Arlington and sent a solo shot over the left field fence against Texas State for her first home run of the season.

Freshman pitchers Kaela DeBroeck and Kari Gutierrez split time on the mound this weekend, starting two games apiece. Gutierrez came away with two wins on the weekend while DeBroeck was credited with the Lobos' two losses, but both looked extremely strong inside the circle. DeBroeck scattered 10 hits in 17 innings pitched, only allowing one earned run for an ERA of 0.53. Gutierrez gave up nine hits and one earned run in 11.2 innings pitched for an ERA of 0.77. Sophomore transfer Samantha Gatson was missing from the lineup due to injury, but is expected to make an impact on the mound in her first season as a Lobo.

Freshman outfielder Cassandra Kalapsa hit a home run in her first collegiate at-bat this weekend against Texas State. Anderson led off the fifth inning with a solo home run to left field. Kalapsa was then given the nod to pinch hit, promptly sending a solo shot of her own over the left field fence. Kalapsa went 3-7 on the weekend, posting an average of .429.

Tucson, Arizona native Stefanie Carramusa came away from the CenturyLink Classic with a double, a triple, and a home run to her credit. The freshman shortstop 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. With the score standing at 6-0, the Bobcats sent relief in for starting pitcher Anne Marie Taylor. Carramusa then tripled with runners on first and second to notch two more RBI and end the game by mercy rule. She started all four games for the Lobos in San Marcos and is currently third on the hitting charts with a .308 average. Carramusa leads New Mexico in the RBI category with five.

The Lobos outhit their opponents 31-19 over the course of four games this weekend. Despite losing to UT-Arlington 3-2 in the season opener on Friday, the Lobos outhit the Mavericks 7-4. New Mexico recorded nine hits to Texas State's four in the 8-0 win, then outhit Oklahoma State 6-5 despite losing to the Cowgirls 2-1 in nine innings. The Lobos closed the weekend out by topping Northern Illinois 9-6 in the hit column in their 7-2 win.

The newly renovated softball facility has given Lobo Field a new look and the players a comfortable space to call their own. The clubhouses connects to New Mexico's dugout and houses the Lobo locker room, coaches offices, bathroom and shower facilities and indoor batting cages. Improvements made in 2008 include 500 seat grandstands behind the left and right field fences, new electronic scoreboards, luxury box seating behind home plate, an eleveated centerfield berm, and new bullpens located along the home foul line.