March 3, 2012
University of New Mexico Invitational -- Lobo Field
Friday: Lobos 8, North Dakota 0 (6); Lobos 8, CSU Bakersfield 0 (6)
Saturday: Lobos 13, North Dakota 8; Lobos 18, CSU Bakersfield 11
Sunday: Lobos vs. Utah at 11 a.m.
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - No. 24 New Mexico improved to 17-2 on Saturday with a 13-8 win over North Dakota and an 18-11 victory against CSU Bakersfield in the second day of the UNM Invitational at Lobo Field.
The Lobos belted out 26 hits and put up 28 runs in Saturday's games. New Mexico also had eight errors--four in each contest.
"Today was a day where the offense really had to carry the team," Beach said. "We were absolutely relentless at the plate today. The fact that we were able to get such offensive output is really a testament to this team and its personality. They stuck together through some tough innings."
Freshman Carrie Sheehan started in the circle against UND, completing 3.2 innings before Kari Gutierrez came in to relieve her. Gutierrez earned the win and is now 1-1. The junior faced 14 batters, giving up four hits and allowing no earned runs. Junior Kaela DeBroeck stayed perfect at 10-0 with the win against CSU Bakersfield. DeBroeck faced 42 batters, giving up 15 hits and striking out six.
The Lobos trailed, 8-5, going in to the sixth inning against North Dakota. The Lobos used four hits to score three runs in the top of the sixth and then notched five runs on five hits and on Sioux error in the top of the seventh to claim the game, 13-8.
New Mexico's game with CSU Bakersfield lasted nearly three hours. The Lobos put up one run in the bottom of the first inning, but the `Runners batted through their line up in the top of the second, recording seven runs off seven hits, and taking a commanding 7-1.
Innings four, five and six were all UNM as the Lobos pawed their way back to claiming the lead, recording five runs in both the fourth and fifth, and six runs in the sixth, claiming the 11-18 victory.
Cox went 4-for-6 over both games, including a double against North Dakota and a home run against CSU Bakersfield. The senior scored five runs total and had seven RBIs. Garcia hit 5-for-9, including two doubles, a triple and one home run while crossing home four times and driving in six runs.
Anaya was 4-for-8, with a double and a triple, scoring six runs and driving in four, while Carramusa hit three doubles, scored six runs and notched three RBIs.
Freshman Nykilah Torres saw her first innings as a Lobo in game two. The Albuquerque native hit 2-for-5 against the `Runners, including her first home run.
"She got her first hit as a Lobo and her first home run as a Lobo--we are just so proud of her," Beach said of Torres. "She's a great kid and she made the most of her first opportunity."
New Mexico faces yet another great challenge late Sunday morning, taking on former Mountain West foe Utah at 11 a.m. It will be the Lobos final game of the UNM Invite and Beach is expecting a battle.
"It`s going to be tough game with Utah," she said. "They hit the ball well, pitch well and field well. I think it's going to be a back-and-forth battle all game. I have a feeling it's going to be a fun one."
Sunday's action starts at 9 a.m. with North Dakota vs. Utah. The Lobos and the Utes take the field at 11 a.m., and the Roadrunners and North Dakota close out the UNM Invitational at 1 p.m.