Feb. 21, 2010
Sunday: Seattle 9, Lobos 3; Lobos 9, Seattle 0
Up Next: Lobos at UTEP Invitational, Feb. 26-28
By Richard Stevens - Senior Writer/GoLobos.com
There were a few messages kicked around at Lobo Field Sunday in the doubleheader New Mexico split with the Seattle Redhawks. Maybe the most telling message is you don't want to make these Lobos mad.
UNM dropped the first game of the doubleheader 9-3 reaching the Redhawks' pitching combination of Kelsey Reynolds and Hannah Klein for only seven hits. The Lobos also hurt themselves with two errors.
You could tell it wasn't a happy bunch of Lobos, who trotted off the field between games. You could tell the Lobo team that took the field for Game Two was a different team. The Lobos spanked Seattle 9-0 in a run-rule shortened five innings.
"The first game we kind of rolled over. There was no fight in us," said UNM senior Katie Gilmore. "We came out the second game mad. We knew we were better than that and we wanted to show it."
The Lobos definitely showed it. They pounded out four runs in the third and four more in the fourth to grab the 9-0 lead. Gilmore went a massive 3-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored.
"We all think we should have gone 4-0 (this weekend), but that' our fault," said Gilmore. "We need to stay consistent in our attitude and in our focus."
The Lobos' 9-0 win handed UNM a 3-1 edge in the series. UNM won 6-1 and 9-8 on Saturday. The Lobos play Friday, Saturday and Sunday at a UTEP tourney in El Paso. UNM is 5-3 on the season.
Lobo coach Ty Singleton was happy with the second game on Sunday, not so happy with the first.
"We have to make adjustments during a game to hitting," said Singleton. "We didn't make good adjustments at the plate. We needed to put some runs on the board and you can't do that if you don't hit."
The Lobos came out in the second game and pounded out 13 hits in only four innings of work. The game was called after the top of the fifth due to the 8-0 run rule.
"It was good that we were able to put the first game behind us and ended the second game in five," said Singleton. "We came up more focused at the plate.
"We saw three different pitchers and made the necessary adjustments."
"We came out the second game mad. We knew we were better than that and we wanted to show it."
Lobo senior Katie Gilmore
"It was just so great to finally be on the field with my teammates," said Gatson. "I struggled a bit. I didn't pitch great. But I tried not to let anything bother me and I just buckled down. The defense I have behind me makes things a lot easier."
"We were mad because we knew we were better than that," said Gatson. "So we were determined to come out and show how good we are. We needed to come out harder and get into the game right away."
Singleton agrees: "It was nice to see that response, but what I want now is to see that attitude for a whole series."