Feb. 18, 2012
Friday: Lobos 10, Central Arkansas 8; Lobos 15, Bryant 1 (5)
Saturday: Lobos 11, Northern Colorado 3 (5); Lobos 5, Central Arkansas 3
Sunday: Lobos vs. Purdue, 1 p.m.
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - New Mexico softball improved to 9-0 Saturday night with an 11-3 five-inning win over Northern Colorado and a 5-3 victory over Central Arkansas in day two of the Lobo Classic.
With a 9-0 record, the Lobos tie the best start in program history. New Mexico has started the season with nine wins four times--in 1984, 1986, 1989 under coach Susan Craig and now, 2012 under the direction of Erica Beach.
"Every coach wants to come out and win every game," Beach said of the Lobos' historic start. "But really, I came out expecting us to compete every game. I didn't really come in to the season with expectations of wins and losses. I knew we were going to play hard, I knew we were going to hit the ball well and play tough defense and I hoped we would be able to pull these wins out.
"It's really fun for me to see this team getting the recognition and getting the wins for all the work they have put in."
The Lobos were exceptional at the plate, hammering out 22 hits including six home runs.
Leading the offensive charge was Stefanie Carramusa. The Lobos' leadoff hit two home runs in the first game--a two-run long ball in the fourth inning and a shot over the center field fence in the fifth inning. Carramusa opened the game against Central Arkansas with a homer and also had a single up the middle against the Sugar Bears in the fourth frame.
Other home run hitters for the Lobos on Saturday were Jordan Sjostrand.
Cox and Sjostrand also each had a double on the night.
Junior hurler Kaela DeBroeck pitched a complete game against Northern Colorado, facing 23 batters and allowing three earned runs while striking out one. DeBroeck is now 5-0.
Carrie Sheehan was in the circle against Central Arkansas and improved to 4-0 with the 5-3 victory. The freshman threw to 31 batters in seven innings, allowing six hits, three earned runs and striking out five.
Lobos 11, Northern Colorado 3 (5)
New Mexico took a commanding lead against the Bears in the first inning as the entire lineup made it to the plate in the first frame. The Lobos used five hits--including a home run by Shenise Cox--to score five runs.
Northern Colorado made an offensive charge in the top of the third inning, stringing together four hits to score two runs. With one out, and the score at 5-2 Lobos, the Bears had runners on second and third. New Mexico's defense picked up a ground ball in the infield and caught both of Northern Colorado's runners. The double play involved DeBroeck, Garcia, Carramusa and Bledsoe, and got the Lobos out of a threatening situation.
New Mexico tacked on a run in the bottom of the third and three more in the bottom of the fourth--thanks to homers by Lujan-Dresslar and Carramusa, as well as a hit by Cox and a sacrifice fly by Chelsea Anaya.
The Bears added a run in the top of the fifth, but New Mexico scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to extend their lead, 11-3 and take advantage of softball's eight-run rule, ending the game early.
Lobos 5, Central Arkansas 3
On the first pitch of the second game Stefanie Carramusa hit a homer over the center field fence, putting the Lobos up 1-0 in the top of inning number one. Central Arkansas took advantage of illegal pitches to score one run in the bottom of the inning, tying the game at 1-1 heading into the top of the second.
Neither team scored in the second frame, and each added a run in the third. New Mexico's run came courtesy of Cox who double to center field, advanced to third on a wild pitch and was driven in by a Kerry Hodgins triple to right center.
The Lobos tacked on two runs in the top of the fourth inning. Anaya reached on a double to right center and was driven in by a long by from Jordan Sjostrand, making it 4-2 New Mexico heading into the bottom of the fourth.
It was three up, three down for the Sugar Bears in both the fourth and fifth innings. Cox sent another ball over the center field fence in the top of the sixth inning to make it 5-2 heading into the final half inning of play.
The Sugar Bears made it look as though they were going to stick around for extra innings, adding a run and loading up the bases off two walks and two singles. The Lobos' Jordyn Bledsoe made an excellent catch, snagging a line drive by Kasey Britt to get the third out and end the game at 5-3 New Mexico.
The Lobos face Purdue tomorrow at 1 p.m. to conclude the Lobo Classic. The Boilermakers run ruled both Bryant and Northern Colorado on Saturday by scores of 10-2 and 10-1, respectively, beginning their season 2-0.