March 5, 2010
ALBUQUERQUE -- It was a little thing that maybe wasn't going to matter much in the long run but it did - because it turned into a big thing.
A Baylor Bear was churning into third base trying to make something happen for the No. 25-ranked team, down 3-2 to the New Mexico Lobos in the final inning. The runner was gunned down by Lobo catcher Jessica Garcia for Baylor's second out.
The out was taken away on an obstruction call. The Bears now had runners on second and third with one out. The next Baylor batter, Tiffany Wesley popped up: two outs, Lobos still up 3-2 with a chance to escape with the win.
Then it came apart. The Bears showed why they are the No. 25 team in the nation by pounding out five straight hits to push across five runs and take the 7-3 win. Baylor won the first game, 8-0, using a seven-run third inning to doom the Lobos.
"Baylor is a good team with an excellent pitching staff and it was good for our players to see that level of competition," said Lobo coach Ty Singleton. "There are some things we need to do better on Saturday and the main concern is to get runners in when we have them in scoring position."
The two teams go at it for two more games on Saturday beginning at 11 a.m.
In the 7-3 loss, the Lobos went up 2-1 in the bottom of the third on an infield hit by senior Katie Gilmore that scored senior Cristin Anderson. Shaunte Duarte also had an infield hit that scored Stefanie Carramusa.
UNM made it 3-1 in the bottom of the fourth after Cassandra Kalapsa tripled and scored on a Baylor error on a sharp grounder hit in the hole by Lobo Erin Brandow. UNM's Kaela DeBroeck (3-4) picked up the loss, going the distance.
Coach Singleton said he thought about going to his bullpen in the seventh. "But my other pitchers didn't come prepared to pitch," he said. "They didn't bring their game. They weren't focused. I had no choice but to stick with Kaela because I had no other option."
"It was disappointing that we didn't finish," Singleton continued. "We played well enough to win up until the seventh. We need to come back and hit the ball harder, especially when people are on. We had chances to score more runs and didn't do it."
Baylor brought in their big left-hander Whitney Canion in the bottom of the seventh to get the save for starter Courtney Repka (8-3). The Lobos stranded nine runners in the 7-3 loss. Canion (4-3) went the distance in the five-inning first game. UNM's Samantha Gatson (3-1) picked up the loss.
Baylor used a seven-run third inning to run away from the Lobos in the first game. The Lobos managed only five hits in Game One, one each from Anderson, Carramusa, Jessica Garcia, Jessica Lujan-Dresslar and Brandow.
In Game Two, the Lobos pounded out eight hits with Duarte going 3-for-4 with one RBI and Carramusa going 2-for-4 with a run scored. Gilmore also got a hit and an RBI.
The Lobos are now 8-8 on the season and Baylor