April 8, 2011
By Chelsea Einerwold, Writer/GoLobos.com
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.--The University of New Mexico softball team dropped its first Mountain West Conference contest of the season, 8-0, against San Diego State on Friday evening at Lobo Field. New Mexico is now 14-16 overall and 0-1 in conference play. This was the tenth consecutive win for the Aztecs as they improved to 25-14 overall and 1-0 in the MWC.
SDSU jumped to an early advantage off a three-run homerun hit down the left field line by senior shortstop Jen Wisneski in the first inning. The Aztecs kept things rolling in the second, using four hits and a New Mexico error to double their runs and make it 6-0 early on.
It was a deep hole for the Lobos to dig themselves out of.
"We definitely set the tone by giving up some runs," said head coach Erica Beach of the first and second innings. "We just couldn't recover. We tried a little too hard at the plate and we weren't able to put some things together until late in the game." In the third inning SDSU freshman Lorena Klopp hit her 12th homerun of the season, making it 7-0 in favor of the Aztecs.
Things started looking a little better for the Lobos in the bottom of the third. With one out, sophomore Sheryl Guillermo stepped up to the plate and ripped a single past the Aztecs' third baseman. Following Guillermo was Jessica Lujan-Dresslar, who knocked a grounder back to SDSU pitcher Bailey Micetich. Micetich fielded the ball and got out number two with the force at second base.
Lujan-Dresslar stole second base, but the Lobos couldn't produce another hit and ended the inning with one left on base.
In the fifth inning the Aztecs' used one hit and another Lobo error to score their eighth and final run.
The Lobos were able to string together two hits in the bottom of the fifth as Stefanie Carramusa hit a single up the middle and Chelsea Anaya singled with a shot down the third base line. However, the small rally was short-lived as Micetich struck out the next two New Mexico batters and Anaya was called out at second on a fielder's choice to end the game.
Sophomore Kaela DeBroeck (7-10) started pitching for New Mexico and took the loss. Kari Gutierrez (6-6) replaced DeBroeck in the second inning. Gutierrez, also a sophomore, faced 18 batters, gave up six hits and three earned runs.
SDSU's Micetich (13-7) faced 18 batters, allowed three hits and no runs.
"She's got some great ball players," said SDSU head coach Kathy Van Wyk of Beach. "I think, given time and once she gets a chance to recruit the players that she wants and as she keeps working these players hard, she's going to do great things with this program."
In light of the disappointing loss, Beach appreciated the tenacity she saw in her team.
"I like that we fought at the end of the game and that we tried to make things happen, but we need to do that earlier in the game," she said. "Our focus is on tomorrow. Softball is a game of needing a short memory. No matter what you do, whether it is good or bad, you have to move on and look forward. You learn from what happened, make yourselves better and then step it up the next game."
The Lobos host UNLV at 5 p.m., Saturday and at 1 p.m., Sunday at. The Rebels pounded out 15 hits in a 9-8 victory over Colorado State 9-8 in Fort Collins, Colo., Friday evening to improve their record to 19-13 overall and 1-0 in conference play.