Feb. 14, 2010
SAN MARCOS, Texas -- 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 Lobos pounced on the Huskies early. UNM scored four runs in their first at-bat and followed it up with three in the bottom of the second inning to go up 7-0. New Mexico improves to 2-2 on the season, while NIU drops to 0-5.
"If we had done better job of finishing, we would be 4-0 right now," said Lobo head coach Ty Singleton. "It was encouraging to see what our pitching did to keep us in the ballgame. We can do a better job of executing with runners at third base, but it's great that there were so many other positives to put us in a good position."
Katie Gilmore tripled down the right field line to score Stefanie Carramusa and Cristin Anderson with no outs in the first inning. Jordyn Bledsoe reached base on an error by first base, driving in Gilmore, while Cassie Kalapsa pushed Shaunte Duarte across the plate with a single to put the Lobos up 4-0.
New Mexico added three runs in their next at-bat. Kerry Hodgins led off the inning with a single through the left side and advanced to third base on a single by Anderson. Gilmore hit a sacrifice fly to center field, driving in Hodgins. Erin Brandow notched a single and took second base on a catching error. Anderson and Brandow scored when the ball ended up in the outfield on the throw, going up 7-0 in the second inning.
Freshman pitcher Kari Gutierrez improves to 2-0 on the year with the win. Gutierrez scattered four hits and struck out two in 5.2 innings pitched for the Lobos before she was relieved by sophomore Kaela DeBroeck in the bottom of the sixth inning.
New Mexico was led at the plate by Gilmore, who recorded three RBI in her 1 for 3 outing. Carramusa was 2 for 4, while Kalapsa was 1 for 2 with one RBI. Brandow chipped in with two RBI and was 1 for 4.
The Lobos had a strong showing this weekend, establishing themselves at the top of a tournament field which 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.
New Mexico returns to action next weekend, when they match up against Seattle University in the home opener. The Lobos will play four games against the Redhawks, starting with a doubleheader at 12 p.m. MT on Saturday, Feb. 20. The teams will close out the four-game series with a doubleheader beginning at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 21. Stay tuned for more information on GoLobos.com.