Feb. 12, 2012
Tempe, Ariz. - It was a fitting end to a thrilling weekend for Erica Beach and her Lobos as they claimed another win, this time defeating Texas State, 5-3. New Mexico was one of two teams to complete the tournament undefeated. Washington was the only other team that remained perfect in a field of 28 teams.
Having finished the season-opening weekend 5-0, New Mexico softball is off to its best start since the 1993 season when the Lobos, under head coach Susan Craig, won six straight. Craig's 1994 Lobo squad also began with a 5-0 record.
Junior Kaela DeBroeck pitched all seven innings of Sunday afternoon's game and notched her fourth win of the young season. DeBroeck faced 35 batters, allowing seven hits, two earned runs and striking out one.
Jessica Garcia picked up right where she left off yesterday and dominated at the plate against Texas State. The senior catcher hit two home runs--one in the first inning and the other in the sixth--and drove in four of the Lobos' five runs.
Garcia hit 2-for-3 on the day, and went 11-for-17 over the weekend en route to tallying 11 RBIs.
Stefanie Carramusa and Jessica Lujan-Dresslar were the other offensive spark plugs for New Mexico in its final game of the tournament. Carramusa hit a crucial double to get things started for the Lobos in the first inning, and Lujan-Dresslar hit her first home run of the season -the second of her career.
On the weekend, Carramusa hit 8-for-16 and scored eight runs, while Lujan-Dresslar went 7-for-17 and notched seven RBIs. Chelsea Anaya was 4-for-15, with a grand slam in Saturday's game against Northwestern.
New Mexico 5, Texas State 3
The Bobcats used two hits to put up one run in the top of the first inning. Finding themselves down one run early didn't seem to faze the Lobos, however.
Things looked a bit bleak for a while--Carramusa led off with a double, but the next two New Mexico batters struck out and flied out, making it look as though she would get left on base. But that's when Garcia stepped up to the plate and hit her first home run of the day (second of the season). And then Lujan-Dresslar stepped up to the plate and hit her first home run of the season (second of her career). The Lobos ended the first inning with a 3-1 advantage.
Neither team crossed the plate again until Texas State was able to string together two hits and capitalize on a New Mexico error to score one run, making it 3-2 still in favor of the Lobos.
New Mexico tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning--thanks to Garcia's second homer of the day and 17th of her career. Kerry Hodgins led off the inning with a walk and was driven in by Garcia's long ball.
Chelsea Anaya hit a single to left center and was advanced to third on a double to right field by Jordyn Bledsoe, but the Lobos were unable to drive in those two runs and ended the sixth with the lead, 5-2.
Texas State scored one run in the top of the seventh, but New Mexico was able to get three outs before the Bobcats could come any closer, sealing the 5-3 victory.
The Lobos return to Albuquerque, opening home play with the Lobo Classic--the first of two tournaments UNM will host this season.
A dozen games will be played Friday, Feb. 17-Sunday, Feb. 19 at Lobo Field, featuring Bryant, Central Arkansas, New Mexico, Northern Colorado and Purdue.
New Mexico faces Central Arkansas at 5 p.m., and Bryant at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17.