April 15, 2010
Friday: Utah at Lobos, 6 p.m.
By Richard Stevens - Senior Writer/GoLobos.com
It would have been nice for the Lobos - and UNM's Stefanie Carramusa - if her savage blast that disappeared into the calm Thursday night embracing Lobo Field had been a walk-off home run.
Instead, it was more of a limp-off, and it wasn't enough to propel New Mexico into a come-from-behind win.
"I just wanted to crush her," Carramusa said of Brigham Young's ace pitcher, Paige Affleck.
The young Lobo got her wish in New Mexico's 10-5 loss to BYU Thursday night. But there were two pops when the UNM freshman powered an Affleck fastball deep over center field.
There was the loud pop of bat on ball. "I like them down the middle," Carramusa said of the fastball. There was another pop in Carramusa's shoulder.
As she jogged out her three-run blast, Carramusa bent over, and tucked her left arm close to her body. The Lobo was in obvious pain - and joy.
"It happens all the time," said the shortstop from Tucson, Ariz. "I'll probably have surgery over the summer."
Carramusa said the shoulder injury is a little like the trick shoulder on the character Mel Gibson played in the "Lethal Weapon." Gibson (Officer Riggs) popped out his shoulder to escape a strait jacket; and then popped it back in.
Carramusa popped her shoulder back into place after her homer, threw on an ice bag, and plans to be back in the Lobo lineup for Friday's 6 p.m. tip with Utah.
It's "Pack The Park" night for the 10-24 Lobos vs. Utah. All tickets are $2 and can be purchased at the gate. Carramusa said come and watch a Lobo team "that never gives up."
Unfortunately for the Lobos, they did give away too many runs to BYU on Thursday. The Lobos fell into a quick 4-0 hole in the top of the first inning. Two walks, a hard seeing-eye grounder, and a UNM throwing error aided the Cougars' rally.
"That's four runs on two hits," said Lobo coach Ty Singleton. "That just kills us."
UNM's All-MWC candidate, Cristin Anderson, then killed an Affleck pitch, bouncing it off a light pole in left to start the batting for the Lobos. The senior's blast cut BYU's lead to 4-1. BYU added two runs in the top of the fifth - off one hit. The Lobos walked three batters in that inning.
"We came back," said Singleton. "I'll give them (Lobos) praise for that. But it's difficult on a team mentally when you walk batters and have to climb a mountain."
The 6-1 mountain UNM was looking at going into the seventh inning was an odd one in the hitting category. The Lobos had five hits to four for BYU, but UNM trailed by five runs.
"Kaela (DeBroeck) had three solid innings," said Singleton. "We need her to have more."
DeBroeck had the circle in the top of the fifth, but a walk and a double convinced Singleton to bring in Kari Gutierrez. Gutierrez walked the first batter she faced. BYU left the inning up 6-1.
The Cougars got to Gutierrez for four runs in the top of the seventh off two two-run homers. BYU definitely earned their runs in that frame with four runs off four hits.
The Lobos' rally in the bottom of the seventh was started off Hannah Howell, who came in for Affleck. The Lobos got a little payback in the "giving" column from BYU. UNM's rally was aided by a walk, a passed ball and an error.
Anderson drove in Jessica Garcia on a fielder's choice. That brought Affleck back into the circle. The Cougar was touched hard by Carramusa's blast and then cleaned up for BYU. The Lobos got four runs on one hit.
Anderson went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Carramusa went 2-of-4 with three RBIs and one run scored. Those two Lobos did most of the damage as the only other UNM hits came from Shenise Cox and Cassandra Kalapsa.
UNM had five runs on six hits with six Lobos left on the bags. BYU had 10 runs on eight hits with six left on base.
The BYU game was the first in an eight-game home stand for UNM. Utah leads the series with the Lobos 70-38-1, but the Lobos have won eight of the past 11 games. Utah is 0-2 in Mountain West play.