Feb. 19, 2012
LOBO SOFTBALL DROPS FIRST GAME OF SEASON
Purdue beats UNM 10-6 Sunday in five-inning game
ALBUQUERQUE -- The Purdue Boilermakers might have found the perfect solution to stop Erica Beach's Lobos from staging yet another dramatic, come-from-behind, last-inning rally.
Leave for the airport.
The New Mexico Lobos suffered their first loss of the young season Sunday at Lobo Field when the game - that started late - was called so the Boilermakers could catch their flight back to the North. The game was called after five innings with Purdue up 10-6. The game is official, so the Lobos' once unblemished record now has a stain at 9-1.
"We're not going to worry about one loss out of ten games," said Beach. "Everything that we have done up to this point is about prep for down the road. We have to continue to work hard and continue to get better."
Purdue jumped on the Lobos quickly with two runs in the top of the first and three in the second to grab a 5-0 lead. The Lobos then roared back with four in the bottom of the second and two in the bottom of the third to grab a short-lived 6-5 lead. The Lobos didn't score again.
Purdue exploded for four runs in the top of the fourth and added a run in the top of the fifth to form the 10-6 final.
"You always want to play seven and I really do think that if we play seven, we'll win this ball games," said Beach. "Sometimes things don't go in your favor.
"We knew going into the game that we might have to end early. It's not something that caught us by surprise. It's part of the game."
The Lobos might not have had the opportunity to go the full seven innings, but they had good plate production early getting hits from Jordan Sjostrand.
Sjostrand went 3-for-3 against Purdue and Shenise Cox had three RBIs and scored a run off her three-run homer in the second.
"I thought we did really well," said Cox of UNM's 4-1 record in their Lobo Classic. "It's disappointing to lose after a nine-game winning streak. They (Purdue) put out our fire, but that doesn't mean we can't start a new one."
The Lobos' rally in the second was a beauty and again showed the tenacity and confidence of this club. It began with two outs.
Bledsoe and Sjostrand started the rally with singles and the Carramusa stayed hot with a savage double down the left field line. That blast scored Bledsoe. Cox then came up to the plate and smashed a pitch over the right field wall. The senior hit a home run in every game of the Lobo Classic.
The Lobos took the lead in the bottom of the third with two runs. Lujan-Dresslar lashed a single through the right side and then Chelsea Anaya reached base on an error by Purdue's third baseman. Kalapsa then walked to load the bases.
Lujan-Dresslar scored when Bledsoe was hit by a pitch. Anaya scored on a single by Sjostrand. Purdue made a big play by throwing Kalapsa out at third from left field. That rally put the Lobos up, but Purdue got the win with its four-run fourth inning.
The Lobos ended the game with nine hits and six runs. Purdue scored its 10 runs on 11 hits, but two Boilermakers really put the hurt on UNM. Erika Petruzzi and Lindsey Rains both blasted home runs. Petruzzi had four RBIs and scored three runs. Rains had three RBIs and scored two runs.
The four games at Lobo Field also continued to show the plate production and power that UNM showed a week back in Tempe, Ariz., where they posted a 5-0 record.
"We don't try to hit home runs. We just try to hit the ball well," said Beach. "We have a lot of power potential on this team. That's part of our game. We are a powerful lineup."
The Lobos probably could use some of that power this coming weekend. Coach Beach's schedule is designed to challenge her Lobos and make them tough for Mountain West play. UNM travels to the Cathedral City Classic next week in Palm Springs, Calif. The Lobos open with Texas A&M on Feb. 23 and play Oregon State that same day.
The Lobos also have to battle California talent with games against Cal State Fullerton, UC Davis and Cal Poly.