STILLWATER, Okla. – The University of New Mexico went seven innings in both games and put up three runs in the first but wasn’t enough to get past Oklahoma State, dropping both games 6-3 and 5-0 in nonconference action on Friday evening at Cowgirl Stadium.
In game one, the Lobos were behind early 2-0 to the Cowgirls. OSU scored two more in the fourth and two in the fifth to take a 6-0 lead. The Lobos did their usual comeback strategy and competed but this time wasn’t enough to get past the Cowgirls.
Chelsea Anaya led off the three-run sixth inning with a single up the middle. She advanced to second on Shelbie Franc’s groundout to the shortstop and advanced to third on Naomi Tellez’s single up the middle. Anaya scored on Mariah Rimmer’s sacrifice fly to right field. Jasmine Casados blasted her fourth home run of the season over the left field wall to score Tellez and cap the scoring for the Lobos.
Mia Hignojos led the Lobos at the plate, going 2-for-2 with a walk. She sparked the offense in the third inning with a single through the left side and in the seventh with another single to the left side. Casados, Anaya, Tellez and Franc had the other four of the six Lobo hits.
Lauren Soles took the loss in the circle, her second start of the season and her first complete game. She allowed six runs off 10 hits while striking out three and walking five.
In game two, the Lobos couldn’t get that rally going but held off the Cowgirls five of the seven innings. OSU put up a run in the third and plated four more in the fifth.
The Lobos left nine runners on base and had runners in scoring position five times, including a Hignojos, who was called out at home off Franc’s fielder’s choice.
UNM only tallied two hits on the game, coming from Rimmer and Willow Kalinen. Kalinen went 1-for-2 while Rimmer went 1-for-3. Lisa Rodrigues took the loss, dropping to 3-4 on the season. She allowed five runs on nine hits while striking out three and walking six.
After the doubleheader loss, the Lobos drop to 8-17 on the season. They will play No.14/16 South Alabama tomorrow morning at 11 a.m. CT/10 a.m. MT. South Alabama is the sixth ranked opponent that the Lobos will face this season.