April 13, 2013
University of New Mexico Lobo Softball - on the Mountain West Road - @ UNLV
Friday, April 12: UNLV def. Lobos, 8-0 (6 inn.)
Saturday, April 13: Lobos def, UNLV, 10-0 (5 inn.)
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LAS VEGAS -- Not even a full 24 hours after suffering a six-inning 8-0 loss to UNLV, the University of New Mexico softball team turned the tables on the Rebels, pounding out 11 hits en route to a 10-0 five-inning victory in Mountain West play on Saturday afternoon at Eller Media Stadium in Las Vegas.
Sunday's game begins at 2 p.m. MT with the winner taking the conference weekend series. Should the Lobos win, it will be the first time New Mexico has won two league series in a season since the 2008 campaign.
"We executed well in the circle and from all areas of the lineup today," head coach Erica Beach said. "It was great to get clutch hits and Kari Gutierrez's grand slam in the fourth was icing on the cake."
Senior Kari Gutierrez started as the Lobos' designated player for the seventh time this season and in the fourth inning, with the bases loaded, she stepped up to the plate for her 15th at-bat of 2013 and sent the ball soaring over the center-field fence. It was the first home run of her collegiate career and the four RBIs gave UNM the runs they'd need to secure the run-rule victory after five complete innings.
Gutierrez was one of eight Lobos to get at least one hit in Saturday's win, a drastic turnaround from Friday night when UNM recorded just four hits from three players.
"Our whole lineup was productive and that was a huge difference," Beach said.
Freshman Mariah Rimmer went 3-for-4 and score two runs while driving in one.
Junior Jordan Sjostrand joined Rimmer in recording multiple hits as she went 2-for-3 and scored one run.
Sophomore Mia Hignojos drove in two runs as she recorded an RBI single in the second inning and hit a sacrifice fly to right field in the third.
Senior Kaela DeBroeck was in circle all five innings for New Mexico. The veteran pitcher held the Rebels to just five hits, gave up no walks and struck out one. DeBroeck's record improves to an even 6-6.
"Kaela was spotting the ball well and really kept UNLV off balance," Beach said.
Francesca Foti took the loss for UNLV and drops to 2-9. Fot allowed 10 earned runs on 11 hits while walking five and striking out none.
New Mexico 10, UNLV 0 (5 inn.)
The Lobos were the first on the board as they used three hits to score two runs in the second inning.
Freshman catcher Naomi Tellez led off the inning with a single to right field and moved to second as senior rightfielder Cassandra Kalapsa reached on a hit by a pitch. Both runners advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Gutierrez and then a single to center field by Hignojos sent Tellez home. Kalapsa followed off a single up the middle by Jordyn Bledsoe. Two runs were all UNM got as the inning ended on a ground out and a pop out.
New Mexico struck wtih two runs again in the top of the third as freshman centerfielder led off with a single through the left side and was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Tellez. A single to left field by Kalapsa allowed Rimmer to reach third before a wild pitch allowed RImmer to score and move the Lobos' lead to 3-0.
With one out away, Kalapsa stood on third and Gutierrez at first as she had drawn a walk. A sacrifice fly to right field by Hignojos followed and Kalapsa scored, making it 4-0 in favor of UNM. Gutierrez was thrown out at second on a fielder's choice to end New Mexico's at bat.
The fourth inning proved the be the most exciting of the game for the Lobos as four hits yielded six runs and moved the visitor's lead to 10-0.
A single through the right side by Sjostrand got the inning started. Freshman Courtney Geith followed with an RBI double to left field and then the Lobo leftfielder advanced to third on a wild pitch. A popup by senior Kaity Ingram accounted for the first out of the inning but UNM got right back on track with another RBI double, this time by Rimmer.
Tellez drew a walk next and then Rimmer advanced to third and Tellez to second on a wild pitch. Kalapsa drew a walk to load the bases and then pitcher turned designated player Gutierrez hit a grand slam over the center-field fence -- the first homer of her career. The inning ended two batters later on a double play by the Rebels, but the damage had been done as UNM led 10-0, enough to cut the game short if the defense could hold UNLV through one and a half more innings.
DeBroeck and the Lobos retired the Rebels one-two-three in the bottom of the fourth and only gave up one hit in the bottom of the fifth to secure the run-rule victory.
Notes: First career home run for Kari Gutierrez...if UNM wins on Sunday, it will be the first time they've won two Mountain West series in a season since 2008 (under Ty Singleton)...that year, the Lobos topped Utah 2-1 and Colorado State 2-1.