May 11, 2013
New Mexico Lobos Softball - Mountain West Series -- at Lobo Field
Who: Lobos vs. Colorado State
Thursday, May 9: Colorado State def. Lobos, 3-2
Friday, May 10:Colorado State def. Lobos, 11-5
Saturday, May 11: Colorado State def. Lobos, 10-5
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The University of New Mexico Lobos softball squad battled with Mountain West foe Colorado State on Saturday afternoon in its final game of 2013, but came up short as the Rams used two big innings to take a 10-5 win from UNM and secure the series sweep.
It was New Mexico's final game of the season as UNM finished 21-35 on the year and 3-15 in league play. The Rams moved to 25-24 overall and 11-7 in MW contests.
The Lobos made sure to pay tribute to seven student-athletes who have given quite a bit to the program over the last few seasons and have completed their collegiate careers throughout the afternoon on Saturday.
Kaela DeBroeck, Sheryl Guillermo, Kari Gutierrez, Kaity Ingram, Cassandra Kalapsa, Amber Tracy and Jordyn Bledsoe all saw action in the contest. DeBroeck, Guillermo, Gutierrez, Ingram and Kalapsa have been regular starters this season. Tracy and Bledsoe have both been sidelined with injuries, but head coach Erica Beach made sure both got an at-bat and made a brief appearance in the field on Saturday -- Bledsoe in the bottom of the third/top of the fourth and Tracy in the bottom of the fourth/top of the fifth
"We played every senior today and I think as a team we competed and played with pride," Beach said. "This is a really special group of seniors. They are a very close unit and have been through so much as a group. They're versatile players and they've contributed so much to this program in their years here.
"They're irreplaceable and we're going to miss them quite a bit."
DeBroeck made her 130th appearance in the circle and her 86th career start. She threw 3 2/3 innings and allowed 10 hits and 10 runs.
Sophomore Carrie Sheehan came on in relief and threw the final 3 1/3 innings. She gave up two hits while walking three batters and striking out one.
Kalapsa led New Mexico at the plate with a 2-for-3 performance -- including her seventh homer of the season, a two-run long ball to left center. She scored two runs and finished with three RBIs on the afternoon. Her first RBI came in the first inning as she singled to left and drove in Guillermo, who had reached on a walk.
One of Kalapsa's runs came off a two-out, first-and-third situation with fellow senior Gutierrez on first. Gutierrez started to steal second and caught the Rams' attention, sparking a hot box situation. Meanwhile, Kalapsa scampered home, distracting CSU from Gutierrez, who was then able to safely reach second base.
"You practice those situations and you don't get to run them that often, but it's really fun when you can make it happen in a game," Beach said. "It was great execution on Kari and Cassie's part. It was a big morale booster and it was a fantastic call by coach Christi Musser. They ran it perfectly."
The Lobos were the first on the scoreboard thanks to Kalapsa's RBI-single to left in the bottom of the first. UNM added another run in the second as the Lobos opened their at-bat with back-to-back singles by sophomore Mia Hignojos and redshirt freshman Karissa Haleman. Guillermo drew a walk to load the bases and a single through the left side by Mariah Rimmer allowed Hignojos to reach home and move UNM's lead to 2-0 after two frames.
CSU had a big third inning, however, using an RBI single to left and a three-run homer to right center to take the lead 4-2.
The Kalapsa-Gutierrez double steal with two outs away in the bottom of the third helped New Mexico cut the lead to one run, 4-3, but the Rams erupted with five hits -- including two homers -- to put up six runs and move to a 10-3 advantage in the top of the fourth.
The Lobos added their last two runs of the season in frame four thanks to Kalapsa's two-run dinger.
UNM held the Rams, but the Rams also thwarted an attempt at a Lobo rally and took the game and series, 10-5.
2013 Lobo Senior Notes
Senior Kaela DeBroeck - Walla Walla, Wash.
The Lobo pitcher has appeared in 130 games and made 86 starts throughout her four-year career.
This season has been the best of Kaela's collegiate career as she has a career-best 3.88 ERA for the season and averaged four strikeouts per seven innings pitched. Entering the series with Colorado State, she ranked 10th in the Mountain West for ERA, batters struck out (63), and innings pitched (110.1). She was also in the top-10 among league pitchers for appearances (29), complete games (9), earned runs allowed (56), runs allowed (74), hits allowed, walks allowed and extra-base hits allowed. Kaela had one of her best series of the season at UNLV, April 12th-14th as she went 1-1 in two starts and 11 innings pitched. She gave up just one earned run over two complete games for a weekend ERA of 0.64. She allowed 10 hits while walking one and striking out five. Kaela held the Rebels to a .256 batting average over both games and gave up just one extra-base hit.
Career-wise, Kaela owns the Lobos record for batters faced with 2,523. She also ranks in the top-10 in Lobo softball history in several additional categories: appearances (2nd, 130); games started (2nd, 86); saves (T6th, 2); innings pitched (6th, 524.0); strikeouts (6th, 259); complete games (T6th, 40); and wins (T8th, 35).
Kaela had two wins against nationally-ranked opponents in her career -- earning the 7-6 win over then No. 11 Oregon on Feb. 10, 2012 and the 15-3 run-rule victory over then No. 16 Texas A&M on Feb. 23, 2012.
Her teammates and coaches admire her for her work ethic, consistency, intensity and ability to adjust and adapt as needed.
A fine arts major, Kaela is three-time Academic All-Mountain West honoree and two-time National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-America Scholar Athlete.
Senior Sheryl Guillermo - San Jose, Calif.
The Lobo outfielder has appeared in 147 games, including making 110 starts.
She finishes with 63 hits, 46 runs scored, 20 runs driven in and a perfect 7-for-7 in stolen bases. Defensively she recorded 86 putouts and 10 assists and committed just five errors over four years.
Sheryl had nine multi-hit games in her career -- the last coming against Bradley in early March as she went 2-for-2 at the plate and scored one run.
Four times during her career she had multiple RBI in a single contest -- the last coming against UNLV last May.
Sheryl is revered among the Lobo squad for her competitiveness and her versatility on offense.
A double major in communication and psychology, Sheryl is a two-time Academic All-Mountain West honoree and a 2011-12 Mountain West Scholar-Athlete Award recipient. She has also twice been recognized by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association as an All-America Scholar Athlete.
Senior Kari Gutierrez - Garden Grove, Calif.
The Lobo pitcher/designated player made 91 appearances in circle, including 50 starts and 313 2/3 innings pitched. Overall, Kari played in 103 games and made 67 starts.
In circle, she won 19 games, threw 17 complete games and three shutouts while recording one save.
Offensively, she recorded 12 hits in 62 at-bats, scored 8 runs, and drove in 9.
Kari had perhaps the best month of her career this past April as she moved into the starting DP role for the Lobos. She hit .231 on the month, going 6-for-26 with six runs scored and a team-best 9 RBIs. She had the first two home runs and the first triple of her career.
She also spent 3 2/3 innings in the circle in April and led the Lobo pitching staff with an ERA of 3.82.
Kari is appreciated by her teammates and coaches for her hard work, versatility, energy and enthusiasm and team spirit.
She is majoring in family studies.
Senior Kaity Ingram - Tucson, Ariz.
The Lobo infielder came to UNM after playing two seasons at Pima Community College where she earned All-America honors her sophomore season and was a two-time Academic All-American.
Kaity played two seasons at UNM -- 2011 and 2013, taking a redshirt in 2012 due to a shoulder injury.
She started every single game in her two seasons at UNM, a total of 101 contests. Kaity made a majority of her starts at third base, but also started at second base, short stop, left field and center field.
The versatile slapper had a career batting average of .293, recording 95 hits in 324 at-bats. She also scored 39 runs and drove in 23, and recorded 12 stolen bases.
Three times in her career Kaity recorded hitting streaks of eight games -- once in her junior season and twice this season. Her most recent streak began in UNM's third game at UNLV on April 14 and ended at Fresno State on May 4. Over those eight contests she had 13 hits -- including three doubles and one triple -- and drove in one run.
Heading into the final series of the season, Kaity ranked tied for fourth in the Mountain West triples, with 3; was tied for fifth for total plate appearances with 185 and was tied for 7th for at-bats with 162. Defensively among league players she ranked third for assists with 105 and was tied for eighth for fielding double plays with 10.
Kaity is the team leader on and off the field. Her focus, drive and incredible work ethic have earned her the respect of her coaches and teammates who say she never takes a day or drill rep off.
A special education major, Kaity earned the Mountain West Scholar-Athlete award for 2010-11, was an Academic All-Mountain West honoree and a National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-America Scholar Athlete in 2011.
Senior Cassandra Kalapsa - Atwater, Calif.
The Lobo outfielder played in 150 games and made 118 starts throughout her four years at UNM. She had 78 hits, scored 55 runs, drove in 47 and recorded 13 stolen bases. She had a total of 24 extra-base hits, including nine doubles, four triples and 11 home runs. Defensively she recorded 118 putouts and six assists while committing just five errors in four seasons.
This was one of Cassie's best seasons of her career as she led the team in home runs with seven and also drew a team-high 24 walks.
One of her most memorable home runs this season was a walk-off against Boise State in the opening game of the series. Cassie's huge homer over the right-field fence sparked the Lobos to a 2-1 Mountain West series win over the Broncos -- the first league series win for UNM since 2011.
She was selected as the conference Player of the Week for her performance in the series as she homered twice on the week and hit .600, going 3-for-5 at the plate. Cassie also scored three runs and drove in another three.
Along with her foot speed and strong throwing arm, Cassie is respected by the team for her work ethic and mental toughness. Her ability to lighten the mood and be goofy while still taking care of business are also appreciated.
A biochemistry major, Cassie is a two-time Academic All-Mountain West honoree and a three-time Mountain West Scholar-Athlete award recipient. She was named an All-America Scholar Athlete by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association in 2011 and was also named to the CapitalOne Academic All-District second team that season.
Senior Amber Tracy - Albuquerque, N.M.
The homegrown Lobo catcher has appeared in 44 games throughout her four-year career, including making 12 starts. Amber recorded two hits, nine runs and one stolen base. Defensively, she tallied 36 putouts, six assists and caught one runner stealing while remaining error free.
One of the best games of her career came against Florida International in early March of her sophomore season. Amber got the start at catcher and went 1-for-2 at the plate, hitting a double. She also drew a walk and scored one run in the Lobos' 9-4 win.
An extremely hard worker who has served as an outfielder, designated player, pinch runner, and catcher, Amber has especially been a staple in the Lobo bullpen where she's been a tremendous support for UNM pitchers. Her consistently positive attitude and her enthusiasm for all aspects of being a student-athlete along with her willingness to give to the Lobo softball program in any way she can have earned her the respect of her coaches and teammates.
Amber is majoring in exercise science.
Redshirt Junior Jordyn Bledsoe - Oak Hills, Calif.
The Lobo infielder played in 103 games throughout her three-and-a-half year career and started 97 of those games. She recorded 50 hits in 242 at-bats, including 14 extra-base hits -- nine doubles, one triple and four home runs. She also fielded five double plays and recorded 131 putouts and 186 assists on defense.
Jordyn had eight multi-hit games throughout her career, the last coming against Boise State on April 6 of this year.
Six times throughout her career Jordyn notched multiple RBIs in a game, the last coming against Hampton on Feb. 15 when she drove in two runs.
Jordyn had one of the best games of her career last season in early February against Idaho State when she went 3-for-4 at the plate and scored two runs in the Lobos' 9-8 win over the Bengals.
Jordyn is "one tough cookie" having battled through three significant knee injuries prior to this season. Her positive attitude, smiling ways and coachability through all the adversity are what the coaching staff and her teammates respect the most about her. Unfortunately, she sustained a fourth knee injury in April and it has ended her career.
A biology major -- Jordyn is a two-time Academic All-Mountain West honoree.