Feb. 25, 2012
Cathedral City Classic
Thursday: Lobos 15, Texas A&M 3 (6); Lobos 10, Oregon State 6
Friday: Lobos 5, Cal State Fullerton 4
Saturday: Lobos 7, UC Davis, 5
Sunday: Lobos vs. Cal Poly, 2 p.m. MT
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PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - The University of New Mexico softball team improved to 13-1 Saturday afternoon with a 7-5 victory over UC Davis in the third day of the Cathedral City Classic in Palm Springs, Calif.
Carrie Sheehan pitched a complete game for the Lobos, scattering seven hits and allowing one earned run while striking out three in seven innings.
New Mexico's defense was a bit shaky, committing a four errors in the field, but the Lobos were able to lean on their performance at the plate, getting 12 hits en route to claiming their 13th victory of the season.
Head coach Erica Beach was proud of the tenacity of her Lobo squad and saw the bumps as necessary growing pains.
"Today was another good test for our team," she said. "UC Davis fought hard the entire game and we had to step up. This team is playing hard for each other. We have amazing chemistry and I am having a blast on this journey with them."
Beach was also complimentary of Sheehan's resilience in the circle.
"Carrie Sheehan pitched through some tough situations and is continuing to mature on the mound," Beach said. "I'm very proud of her progress."
New Mexico wraps up the Cathedral City Classic tomorrow at 2 p.m. MT against Cal Poly.
Lobos 7, UC Davis 5
New Mexico was first on the scoreboard, using four hits to record two runs in the bottom of the second inning.
Chelsea Anaya led off with a single through the right side and was advanced on a single by Sheryl Guillermo. Stefanie Carramusa followed with a single up the middle, allowing Anaya to cross home plate and Guillermo to reach third.
The Lobos got one more single up the middle from Shenise Cox before the inning's end to make it 2-0, New Mexico after two innings.
UC Davis scored four runs in the top of the third inning using three hits and benefiting off one Lobo miscue.
However, New Mexico tied the game in the bottom of the inning, using two hits and an Aggie error to score two runs.
Jessica Garcia started things off with a single through the left side and advanced to second when Jessica Lujan-Dresslar reached on an error by the second baseman. Anaya followed, laying a slow grounder to first--she was out on the play but both Lobo runners advanced.
The next Lobo batter grounded out, but Jordyn Bledsoe singled to right field and both Garcia and Lujan-Dresslar scored making it 4-4 going into the fourth inning.
UC Davis capitalized on two Lobo errors in the fourth to score one run and reclaim the lead, 5-4. New Mexico was able to get runners on in the bottom of the frame, but left two stranded and still trailed heading into the fifth.
Sheehan didn't allow any hits by the Aggies in the fifth inning and when the Lobos came to bat, they came with fire.
New Mexico used five hits in the bottom of the fifth to score three runs and regain the lead--this time for good, 7-5.
UC Davis was able to get a hit in each of the final two innings, but couldn't advance its runners.