Lobos Drop Two in Day One of Mary Nutter Classic
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  02/21/2014

New Mexico Lobos at Mary Nutter Classic

Friday:  LIU Brooklyn 4, New Mexico 2; Cal State Northridge 5, New Mexico 2

Saturday:  New Mexico vs. Long Beach State 

CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. - The New Mexico Lobos got five hits from the top two spots in their lineup off the bats of Chelsea Anaya and Brandi Heimburg. However, UNM  got only two hits from the rest of the order as the Lobos dropped a 4-2 decision Friday to LIU Brooklyn in UNM’s opening game at the Mary Nutter Classic.

The Lobos also dropped their second game on Friday 5-2 to Cal State Northridge, falling to 1-10 on the season.

The Lobos got a home run from Michala Erickson, but were held to four hits in the loss to Northridge.  Cal State Northridge scored three runs in the third, two more in the fifth and pounded out 10 hits.

UNM’s Carrie Sheehan went five innings against Northridge and took the loss giving up all ten hits and five earned runs.  Erickson got two hits in the contest with the other two hits coming off the bats of Anaya and Shelbie Franc. Franc scored UNM’s first run scoring from third on a passed ball in the top of the third to give UNM a 1-0 lead over Northridge.

The Matadors erased that deficit with a three-run burst in the bottom of the third.

 LIU Brooklyn scored two runs in the third inning and two more in the sixth give the Lobos their ninth loss of the young season. The Lobos play Long Beach State on Saturday and battle Cal Poly and UCLA on Sunday.

The win pushed LIU Brooklyn to 3-7 on the year.  The Blackbirds put a freshman in the circle against UNM, but Shelley Procter pitched 6.1 innings and held UNM to two earned runs. 

The Lobos reached the scoreboard first vs. LIU Brooklyn with a run in the top of the third produced by a Heimburg single that scored Shelbie Franc, who had reached base on a walk.  It was a two-out rally for UNM kept alive by singles from Anaya and Heimburg.

Anaya got a run and an RBI in the top of the seventh with a one-out  home run over the right field fence.

The Lobos had a chance to score in the sixth after a single by Erickson was followed by a Blackbird fielding error that put Naomi Tellez on first with one out. Brooklyn then got an out at third on a fielders’ choice. UNM’s Karissa Haleman singled to load the bases with two out, but Jordan Sjostrand flied out to end the inning.

The Lobos had seven hits and held the Blackbirds to six hits.  Lisa Rodriguez went 5.1 innings and took the loss giving up three earned runs off five hits, three walks and two strikeouts. 

"The team is improving every game," said head coach Erica Beach. "Our pitchers threw much stronger today and we are seeing growth from our lineup."