Oct. 2, 2011
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.--The Lobo softball team claimed its third victory of the weekend in as many games. New Mexico defeated Eastern New Mexico University, 4-2, on Sunday afternoon at Lobo Field.
Junior Kari Gutierrez picked up the win for New Mexico. Gutierrez pitched the final four innings for the Lobos, facing 19 batters and striking out four. Carrie Sheehan started in the circle, facing 12 batters and striking out one.
"Yesterday we came out of the gates hard and were able to score 42 runs over two games," Head coach Erica Beach said. "Today we were a little bit on our heels and didn't have as much energy. We had to work on some things and make sure we kept our intensity up. Eastern New Mexico fought hard and we had to work on competing. They put a lot of runners on base which was a good challenge for us and put us in some different defensive situations."
The Zias were the first to score a run in the top of the second inning. ENMU's Kate Medrano was hit by a pitch and made her way to third base off of wild pitches. With two outs on, Morgan Miller hit a single to right field, which allowed Medrano to make it home.
New Mexico didn't let their opponents lead for long. Stefanie Carramusa led off in the bottom of the second inning and was hit by a pitch. Shortly after, Jessica Lujan-Dresslar drove Carramusa home with a deep double to left center.
The game remained tied, 1-1, until the bottom of the fifth. Shenise Cox started the offensive charge for the Lobos with a double to center. One out later, Kaity Ingram ripped a shot down the first base line, allowing Cox to touch home easily and giving Ingram a stand-up triple.
Sheryl Guillermo followed Ingram and hit a hard ball to the shortstop, and beat out the throw to first while Ingram scored the Lobos' third run.
Zia pitcher Albie Medina struck out her third batter of the afternoon for ENMU's second out of the inning. Medina was then relieved by Amy Smith.
With two outs and Guillermo on second, Carramusa hit a line drive down the third base line which allowed Guillermo to score. The fifth inning ended with the Lobos up 4-1.
The first two Zias were easily retired by the Lobo defense, but ENMU's Amanda Lale was able to reach on a New Mexico error. A walk and a single later, the Zias had the bases loaded. ENMU's Aurelia Sandoval hit a single to center and drove in one run for the Zias, making it 4-2. With the bases still loaded, ENMU's Katie Ramsay hit an easy grounder to first baseman Jordan Bledsoe, who tagged Ramsay for the third out.
New Mexico didn't score in the sixth inning and in the top of the seventh, used a double play to stifle the Zias' hopes of scoring again. ENMU's Mel Alderette started the inning by hitting a single. Ke VonSchriltz followed and hit a line drive to right field which was snagged by Lujan-Dresslar. The junior threw the ball to first, tagging Alderette out. The third and final out of the game was a pop fly to Mia Hignojos in the infield.
Lujan-Dresslar was 2-for-3 on the afternoon, hitting a double and a single and driving in one run. Lobos Ingram, Guillermo, and Carramusa also recorded one RBI each.
Beach believes this weekend was a measuring stick for the Lobos.
"We played hard overall," she said. "I know we'll get stronger and faster and become better at some of the little things by spring."
New Mexico will continue off season work outs and heads to the Tuscon, Ariz., Oct. 14-16 for the University of Arizona Fall Tournament. The Lobos will play five games in three days while in Tucson, facing Pima Community College, Cypress Community College, Arizona, Phoenix College and Central Arizona College.