May 11, 2012
New Mexico Lobos Softball -- Final Series
Thursday: Game 1 - Colorado State 8, Lobos 0 (5); Game 2 - Colorado State 6, Lobos 5
Friday: Colorado State 10, Lobos 5
FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- The Lobos softball team dropped its final game of the season at Mountain West foe Colorado State on Friday, 10-5. New Mexico finished 27-25 and 2-10 in MW play, while the Rams' ended with a 29-22 overall mark and an 8-4 league record. Colorado State finishes second in the conference.
Garcia hit a homer in her first at-bat, was walked twice and grounded out in the sixth frame. The senior ends the season with 24 home runs -- a new single-season record for New Mexico. Junior Stefanie Carramusa was the first to break the previous school record of 13 (tied by Garcia last year) and lead the home run race a majority of the 2012 campaign. She finished with 23 long balls.
Lobo hurler Sheehan (8-9) got the start and threw 3.1 innings. The freshman faced 21 batters, allowing seven hits and eight earned runs while walking five and striking out two. Gutierrez (6-10) relieved Sheehan in the fourth inning. The junior threw 2.2 innings, allowing seven hits and two earned runs while walking one and striking out one.
The Rams' Kelli Eubanks (2-8) got the start and the win for CSU. She gave up eight hits and five earned runs while walking four and striking out five. Kacie McCarthy --winner of both of Thursday's games -- relieved Eubanks in the top of the sixth. The junior didn't allow any hits or runs, walked two and struck out two.
Erica Beach's 2012 Lobos made their mark in program history -- setting a new record for best start to a season (17-2), being ranked in the top-25 USAToday/NFCA poll for the first time since May 12, 1999, finishing with a winning record for the first time since 2001 and setting a new MW record for home runs in a single season with 95.
New Mexico will celebrate its season with a small banquet on Sunday evening.
Colorado State 10, Lobos 5
CSU was first on the scoreboard, using three hits to put up two runs in the first inning. The Lobos managed one run in both the second and third innings -- thanks to a lead off homer by Jessica Garcia and a single by Shenise Cox followed by an RBI triple to right center by Chelsea Anaya.
The Ram's increased their lead to 4-2 after three innings and after the fourth inning the score ballooned to 9-3.
The Lobos managed a run in the fourth and two runs in the fifth, but the Rams' had already done enough damage with their five-run fourth inning. CSU added a run in the bottom of the fifth, neither team scored in the sixth or seventh and the game ended, 10-5 in favor of the home team.