April 28, 2009
Tuesday: New Mexico State 13, Lobos 8
Saturday: Lobos vs. Colorado State
When/Where: 4 p.m. Lobo Field
Online: GameTracker, live video, recap on GoLobos.com
By Richard Stevens - Senior Writer/GoLobos.com
Who says there isn't enough scoring in college softball? Maybe when Lobos and Aggies get together, you need to push the plate up and not back.
The scoreboard at Lobo Field lit up like a broken pinball machine Tuesday night as New Mexico and New Mexico State took turns hammering away at the plate and at the pitchers. Unfortunately, for the Lobos, the Aggies came up with three more hits and five more runs in a 13-8 NMSU win.
The numbers across the Aggie side of the board went 4-2-2-0-0-2-3--13. The Lobos countered with a nice string of 2-0-2-1-1-0-2--8. The Aggies had 16 hits and the Lobos had 13 hits.
"The team continued to battle," said Lobo coach Ty Singleton. "We got down 4-0 and then 8-2 and it was nice to see them continue to battle back, battle back. But we gave them too many runs. New Mexico State did a nice job and we were unable to stop their offense."
The Lobos might have come up on the short end of the scoreboard, but probably the best play of the game came from UNM first baseman Katie Gilmore, who chased down a sinking, foul ball - dove to make the catch and then scrambled to her knees to gun down an Aggie trying to tag up from first base.
"I was pleased with our effort defensively and what we did at the plate," said Singleton. "The only thing I was discouraged about (in pitching) was getting behind on the count. I think we got behind 16 times. I would like to see us do a better job of that."
The Aggies jumped on Lobo starter Danielle Castro for four runs in the first inning. "New Mexico State is the second leading team in the country in batting average and they showed it tonight," said Singleton.
UNM scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning off singles by Cristin Anderson, Samantha Hughes and Jessica Lujan-Dresslar. Lujan-Dresslar's single was a towering pop up in front of the plate that the Aggie catcher misplayed and it dropped in for a single, scoring Hughes and Anderson.
The Lobos tried to mount a winning rally in the bottom of the seventh by plating Duarte and Lujan-Dresslar. The Lobos had the bases loaded with two outs when Rubalcava fouled out near third base to end the game.
The Lobos had multi-hit games from Anderson, Rubalcava, Hughes, Duarte and Lujan-Dresslar. Jessica Garcia and Shenise Cox also came up with hits. Duarte went 3-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Castro picked up the loss and the Lobos struck out only one Aggie batter in 32 at-bats. The Lobos struck out only three times in 31 at-bats.
The loss dropped the Lobos to 11-33 on the year and the Aggies jumped to 31-17.
The Lobos final home game is 4 p.m. Saturday in a Mountain West Conference game with Colorado State. It's also Senior Day. UNM has only two seniors: Hughes and Rubalcava.
"What I hope to see on Saturday and the remainder of the season is that we stay true to our guiding principles," said Singleton. "And that's to continue to play with a team-first attitude, work our tails off, and do it with great enthusiasm and joy of the game."
The crowd for Tuesday's game with the Aggies was 1,083.