CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. – The University of New Mexico softball team still hasn’t figured out their groove, suffering a 6-1 loss to Cal Poly and 13-0 five-inning loss to No. 8 UCLA on the final day of the Mary Nutter Classic.
In the first game against Cal Poly, the Lobos saw their only run on the day in the first inning, after senior Chelsea Anaya blasted a home run over the right field wall.
Starting New Mexico pitcher Carrie Sheehan threw two scoreless innings before Cal Poly put two runs across the plate to take a 2-1 lead in the third. The Mustangs rallied again in the fourth inning to plate three more runs for a 5-1 lead. Cal Poly plated one more run in the top of the seventh off reliever Lauren Soles to cap its scoring.
The Lobos collected three hits and had a chance in the third inning to take the lead when Anaya doubled to left center with one out, that advanced Shelbie Franc to third. With runners on second and third, the next Lobo hitters went down in order to end the inning.
Sheehan suffered the loss and drops her record to 1-6 on the season. She allowed five runs on nine hits while striking out five and walking just one. Anaya led the team, going 2-for-3 at the plate with one RBI and one run scored.
In game two, against No. 8 UCLA, the Lobos saw the game escalate quickly into a 6-0 deficit after the first inning with the Lobos on the scoreless end.
UCLA scored one run in the second and six more in the third to cap their scoring for the game.
Of the Lobos three hits, two hits came in the second inning. Mariah Rimmer led the Lobos with a perfect performance at the plate, going 2-for-2. Freshman Willow Kalinen was the only other Lobo with a hit.
Tess McPherson suffered the loss in the circle, allowing six runs on four hits in one-third of an innings work. Lisa Rodrigues came in as a reliever and allowed seven runs on three hits in 3.2 innings of work. She tallied four strikeouts and walked seven Bruins.
The Lobos drop to 1-13 on the season. After being on the road the last three weekends, the Lobos will have their home-opener in the coming weekend with the New Mexico Invitational, hosting Idaho State, Buffalo and North Dakota State.