Rallies in the Third and Sixth Lift Lobos to 10-9 Win over Aggies
Feb. 19, 2013
LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- A five-run rally in the top of the sixth inning lifted the Lobos to their sixth win of the season on Tuesday night in a 10-9 victory over in-state and Rio Grande Rival New Mexico State at the NMSU Softball Complex in Las Cruces, N.M.
The Lobos improve to 6-8 while the Aggies drop to 7-5.
Naomi Tellez hit her first collegiate home run in the top of the third inning to drive in three runs and help UNM take over the lead temporarily, 5-4.
The Lobos found themselves down again heading into the sixth inning, 8-5, but loaded the bases and put pressure on the Aggies. An error by NMSU's catcher with the bases loaded allowed one UNM run and timely hits from Rimmer -- a two-run double -- and Ingram -- a two-run single -- allowed the Lobos to take over the lead for the second and final time, 10-8.
"It felt like the circumstances were stacked against us and the girls just got tough and pulled together to spark the rally," head coach Erica Beach said. "This was a true team win and I couldn't be more proud."
Eleven of the 19 runs scored in the contest were unearned as the teams combined for eight errors -- five by the Aggies and three miscues for UNM.
Carrie Sheehan (2-1) threw the final 2.2 innings and gets the win as she was in circle when New Mexico gained and kept the lead. The sophomore faced 12 batters, allowing four hits, one earned run, walking none and striking out one.
Freshman Lauren Soles got the start and threw 2.1 innings. She was relieved by Keala DeBroeck who tossed 2.0 innings.
NMSU's Makayla McAdams (2-1) took the loss for the Aggies.
The Lobos travel to Corpus Christi, Texas to take part in the 2013 Best Western Grand Islander Classic hosted by Texas A&M Corpus Christi, Feb. 22-24. New Mexico's first game of the Classic is 8 a.m. MT against Souther (0-10) on Friday.
Lobos 10, NMSU 9
The Aggies took a 4-0 lead, putting up three runs in the first inning and one in the second. Two of NMSU's four runs were earned as UNM committed an error and three illegal pitches were called against the Lobos in the first two frames.
The Lobos had a big third inning, pounding out five hits and capitalizing on two Aggie errors to score five runs and take the lead, 5-4. With two outs away, UNM loaded the bases as Karissa Haleman drew a walk, and Mariah Rimmer and Kaity Ingram doled out singles to left and center field, respectively. Chelsea Anaya drove in Haleman and Rimmer with a single to left center. A passed ball allowed Ingram and Anaya to move to third and second and then a homer by freshman catcher Naomi Tellez cleared the bases and put the Lobos up one run.
The Aggies, too, had a good third inning and reclaimed the lead and then some.
A hit, two walks an an illegal pitch loaded the bases for NMSU with one out away. The Lobos got the second out with the force at home, but then an error in right field cost New Mexico three runs. Another single to center field followed and added a fourth run before the inning's end and the Aggies again had the advantage, 8-5.
No runs were scored by either squad in frames four and five, but the sixth was all Cherry and Silver.
Again New Mexico put up five runs on five hits and two errors.
Sophomore Mia Hignojos led off with a single to left field and an error by the pitcher allowed Sheryl Guillermo to reach and Hignojos to advance. A single by Jordan Sjostrand put a Lobo on every bag. An error by the Aggies' catcher allowed Hignojos to score and the bases were still loaded as Rimmer stepped up to the plate.
The freshman center fielder doubled to left field and drove in two. Ingram followed with a single to right field, driving in another two runs and giving the Lobos the go-ahead, 10-8.
The Aggies strung together three hits to score one run in the bottom of the sixth, but the Lobos were able to hold the advantage.
Neither team scored in the final inning and New Mexico went away with the win.