SUNDAY'S (3/2) SCHEDULE CHANGE
10 a.m.: Buffalo vs. Idaho State
Noon: New Mexico vs. Idaho State
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The University of New Mexico softball team is seeing a new side to its softball game, claiming a come-from-behind win to beat Buffalo for the second time on the second day of the New Mexico Invitational 5-2.
After giving up two runs in the top of the second, the Lobos saw their best performance from sophomore pitcher Lisa Rodrigues as she recorded five shutout innings to earn her first win in the circle this season. She allowed two runs off two hits. She walked four and struck out two.
“She threw more quality pitches today,” said head coach Erica Beach. “She was more prepared. She threw better pitches and hit her corners better. She kept them off balance and threw with more confidence today. We still need to work on the walks and things like that.”
After the Lobos were trailing 2-0 heading into the bottom of the second, Beach knew that her Lobos could come back and win. And they did.
“I was confident that we were going to come back that entire game,” said Beach. “We gave up two runs early, I never questioned whether or not we were going to score runs. Our pitcher kept us in the game, our defense kept us in the game and our offense scrapped away and just got better throughout the game. I’m really proud of them.”
In the bottom of the third inning, the Lobos put one run up on the board. Senior Jordan Sjostrand doubled to left field to start the inning. Freshman Willow Kalinen singled to the infield to move Sjostrand to third. After a strikeout and a Lobo caught stealing, freshman Shelbie Franc drove a hard ball into the infield to score Sjostrand.
UNM went ahead 4-2, but the offense wasn’t done. In the sixth inning, Haleman drew a leadoff walk. With two outs and after advancing to second and third on wild pitches, Haleman scored off senior Chelsea Anaya’s single up the middle.
Freshman Jasmine Casados and Franc led the Lobos at the plate, going 2-for-3.
“I’m really just enjoying the fight that our team is showing every game,” said Beach. “No matter what the score is we are fighting back.”
The Lobos second game, against North Dakota State, was cancelled due to the NDSU team-wide illness that has prevented them from having enough players to play.