Lobo Softball Opens UTEP Invitational With Split
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  02/26/2010
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Feb. 26, 2010

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EL PASO, Texas - The New Mexico softball team split a pair of games Friday at the UTEP Invitational held at the Helen of Troy Field. The Lobos opened the tournament with a 12-5 victory over Northern Colorado before falling to San Jose State, 6-1, in the nightcap. New Mexico improved to 6-4 on the season and will play two games Saturday. GameTracker will be available on GoLobos.com.

In the first game of the tournament, New Mexico dominated Northern Colorado. The Lobos scored nine runs in the first inning and never looked back. UNM had eight different players get a hit and five of those eight had multiple hits. Altogether, New Mexico outhit the Bears, 15-5.

Sophomore Samantha Gatson improved to 2-0 with the win against UNC. Gatson came on in relief to pitch the final 5.1 innings. She held the Bears scoreless and only allowed one hit. Kaela DeBroeck started for the Lobos but only lasted 1.2 innings.

Senior Shaunte Duarte led the way offensively going 3-for-5 with two runs scored and three RBI.

In the evening game, New Mexico never got its bats going and didn't have the pitching to come through. The Lobos gave up a run in the top of the third and five more runs in the fourth to fall behind 6-0.

The Lobos plated its only run in the bottom of the seventh inning. Seniors Cristin Anderson and Katie Gilmore had two hits for New Mexico along with Jordyn Bledsoe. Gilmore had the only RBI scoring Bledsoe.

Kari Gutierrez (2-2) took the loss after giving up three runs in three innings of work. Kaela DeBroeck came on in relief but gave up three more runs.

The Lobos will battle Weber State at 9 a.m. Saturday before playing San Jose State at 11 a.m. Visit GoLobos.com for GameTracker links.