Oct. 1, 2011
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M--The University of New Mexico softball team recorded two fall ball victories Saturday, sweeping El Paso Community College 21-0 and 20-0 at Lobo Field.
Lobo ace Kaela DeBroeck threw a five-inning no-hitter in game one. The junior faced 17 batters and struck out 11.
New Mexico was relentless on offense, pounding out 16 hits with nearly every Lobo reaching first base at least once.
Second-year head coach Erica Beach was pleased with her squad's offensive effort and the level of play she saw from her Lobos.
"Last fall the staff and the team were still getting to know each other," Beach said. "The players were still getting to know our philosophy and the style we take on hitting. We have many returners this year and they're starting at a much higher level. They've taken what we've been working on and are applying it. It was really nice to see that much offensive production."
Shortstop Stefanie Carramusa tallied five RBIs and was a single short of hitting for the cycle. Carramusa knocked one over the right field fence in the first inning. The junior went on to hit a triple to left in her fourth plate appearance and a double in her fifth at-bat.
Lobo catcher Jessica Garcia also homered in the first game, sending the ball sharp down the right field line and with just enough power to clear the fence. Garcia was 3-for-4 on the day, hitting two doubles and driving in six runs.
Jessica Lujan-Dresslar was 3-for-3, including a double and a triple and notching five RBI.
Freshman Carrie Sheehan started game two in the circle for New Mexico and picked up the win. Sheehan faced 13 batters in three innings, striking out three and only allowing five scattered hits. Junior Kari Gutierrez pitched the final two innings. Gutierrez faced six batters and struck out four.
The Lobos were even more offensively charged in the second game, hammering out 22 hits. Left fielder Kerry Hodgins hit 4-for-5, including three doubles. The senior drove in three runs and crossed the plate four times herself.
Newcomer Mia Hignojos hit 3-for-4, including two doubles.
"Kaela threw a no-hitter, which is always great for a pitcher and we only let two runners on base in the first game," Beach said. "We gave our freshman pitcher a chance to get on the mound for the first time and she did well. It was great to have a lot of people play in different positions. We were really happy with the output and the production that we got."
New Mexico wraps up the weekend at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2 against Eastern New Mexico University.