Feb. 12, 2010
SAN MARCOS, Texas -- Despite dominating the University of Texas-Arlington and outhitting the Mavericks seven to four, the New Mexico softball team dropped their season opener 3-2 at the CenturyLink Softball Classic in San Marcos, Texas. Sophomore center fielder Kerry Hodgins came up big for the Lobos offensively, but her two RBIs and three stolen bases weren't enough to propel the Lobos to victory. New Mexico led 2-0 through the fifth inning, but a three-run home run by the Mavericks' Cara Hulme broke up the no-hitter by Lobo sophomore Kaela DeBroeck. In addition to Hodgins 2-2 performance, senior second baseman Cristin Anderson went 3-4 as the Lobos' leadoff batter.
"I thought we did a really good job of executing and moving runners to the next bag," said Lobo head coach Ty Singleton. "We just didn't drive them in when they got to third, and we need to do a better job of that tomorrow. We did a good job of being aggressive on offense and defense. The bad news is that it took us too many pitches to recover from the breakup of the no-hitter in the sixth inning. We got knocked back tonight, but I'm looking forward to seeing how the team is going to respond tomorrow."
New Mexico jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning. Senior designated player Katie Gilmore started the inning with a leadoff walk and advanced to second on a groundout by freshman shortstop Stefanie Carramusa. Hodgins then singled to first base, pushing Gilmore across the plate for the Lobos' first run of the 2010 season. Hodgins lit up the base paths, stealing both second and third base, but was left stranded at third by an inning-ending groundout.
The same group of Lobos came together to manufacture a second run in the bottom of the fourth. Gilmore singled up the middle this time, advancing to second base on a Carramusa groundout. Hodgins came through in the clutch for a second time, notching her second RBI of the game by singling with two outs. Gilmore scored to put the Lobos up 2-0 and Hodgins advanced to second on the throw. Hodgins picked up her third stolen base of the game a play later, but was left standing on third base for a second time to end the inning.
Despite their relatively silent bats, UT-Arlington answered back with a big sixth inning to quickly erase New Mexico's 2-0 lead. Courtney Zink reached on an error after a single by Brittany Washington. Washington then took third on a fielder's choice to by Heather Fortenberry. With two outs and runners at first and third, Hulme homered to left field for all three of the Mavericks' runs.
DeBroeck took the loss on the mound and was relieved by freshman Kari Gutierrez in the seventh inning. DeBroeck gave up four hits in 24 batters faced and struck out four.
New Mexico will face defending Southland Conference champions and hosts Texas State tomorrow at 4 p.m. MT tomorrow before playing NCAA Regional Qualifiers Oklahoma State at 6 p.m. MT. The Lobos will match up against Northern Illinois at 8 a.m. MT on Sunday in their last game of the tournament. Live stats will be available for all games, and a radio broadcast will be provided for New Mexico's game against Texas State tomorrow. All links and recaps can be found on GoLobos.com.