March 25, 2012
New Mexico Lobos Softball - at SpringHill Suites Invitational - Boise, Idaho
Friday: Lobos 13, Weber State 5 (5); Lobos 6, Seattle 5
Saturday: Lobos 8 vs. Seattle 5
Sunday: Lobos 8, UTSA 0; Lobos 12, Weber State 1 (6)
BOISE, Idaho--New Mexico softball got back to its winning ways this weekend, finishing the third day of the SpringHill Suites Invitational in Boise, Idaho with an 8-0 victory over UT-San Antonio and a 12-1 run-rule defeat of Weber State. The Lobos finished the weekend in Boise undefeated and improve to 22-6.
New Mexico was sharp in all aspects of the game on Sunday and head coach Erica Beach was thrilled with her Lobos' performances.
Kari Gutierrez pitched the entire game and got the shutout against the Roadrunners. The junior faced 23 batters, striking out three, walking none and scattering four hits. Gutierrez improves to 4-1.
Kaela DeBroeck threw to the Wildcats and improved to 11-3. The junior faced 24 batters, striking out five, allowing three hits and one earned run.
"Our pitching showed up today. Kari and Kaela minimized walks and hit by pitches and were both hitting their spots really well," said Beach. "Our defense was stellar behind them and it made for a fun day of softball."
The Lobo bats were productive in both games, pummeling nine hits against UTSA and 12 against Weber State while doling out a combined six home runs.
"We are hitting the ball hard to all fields and the team is picking each other up," Beach said. "It has been so fun to watch."
Jessica Garcia led New Mexico at the plate for the day. The senior went 3-for-4 and had four RBIs in the first game and was 2-for-2 with four RBIs in the second. She also hit a home run in each game to put her season total at 11.
Other home run hitters included Jordan Sjostrand.
"My favorite aspect of our offense is the fact that we get production from all parts of our lineup," Beach said.
The Lobos travel to Austin, Texas next weekend for three games against No. 6 Texas and one game against Tulsa, who is receiving votes but not ranked in the top 25.
Lobos 8, UTSA 0
Jessica Garcia hit a two-run home run to right center in the top of the first inning to put New Mexico on the board. The Lobos added one run in the fourth, three in the fifth and two more in the seventh and only allowed two Roadrunners to get on base.
The Lobo runs in the fifth inning were courtesy of a Chelsea Anaya three-run homer.
New Mexico strung together three hits in the seventh to put up the final two runs. Stefanie Carramusa reached on a single to left center. She was advanced to second off a single up the middle by Anaya and then Garcia hit her second double of the game to send the runners home.
Lobos 12, Weber State 1 (6)
New Mexico was first on the board against the Wildcats, putting up one run in the top of the second inning. Weber State added a run of its own in the fourth to tie the game at 1-1, but the Lobos answered with two runs in the fifth and nine runs in the sixth to end the game one inning early 12-1.
Garcia drew a walk to lead off the second inning and advanced to second off a sacrifice bunt by Lujan-Dresslar. Danielle Castro knocked a one-bagger through the right side, advancing Garcia to third and then Castro stole second. Sheryl Guillermo drove in Garcia with a single to center field. The next two Lobo batters flied out and popped out to end the inning.
Weber State put together two hits in the fourth to score one run. The Lobos didn't let the tie last long as Jordan Sjostrand led off the fifth inning with a home run on a 2-2 count. Carramusa followed Sjostrand with a single to left field, prompting the Wildcats to change pitchers. Shenise Cox was hit by a pitch, advancing Carramusa to second. Shortly after, Garcia hit a single to left center to drive in Carramusa. The inning ended with a 3-2 score in favor of the Cherry and Silver.
The Lobos batted through their lineup and then some in the sixth inning, using six hits--including three homers--and capitalizing on two errors by Weber State to put up nine runs. Jessica Garcia, Jessica Lujan-Dresslar and Jordyn Bledsoe were the long ball hitters in the final inning of the weekend.