Tough Second Day in San Diego Yields Two Lobo Losses
March 2, 2013
New Mexico Lobos Softball - @ San Diego Classic I; March 1-3
Friday, March 1: Lobos vs. Utah State, 3 p.m. MT | Lobos vs. San Diego, 8 p.m. MT
SAN DIEGO -- The second day of the San Diego Classic I proved to be a challenging one for the Lobo softball team as it dropped a 6-2 decision to Long Beach State on Saturday morning before losing to former Mountain West rival BYU, 6-1, in its afternoon game.
New Mexico had three errors that cost five unearned runs in its loss to Long Beach State.
And while the Lobos kicked the error bug and played better defense against BYU, they struggled to find offensive rhythm, recording just two hits, while the Cougars pounded out 11.
"Today we were off-kilter and it showed with rarely-seen errors by our defense," head coach Erica Beach said. "We struggled to make adjustments offensively and that was tough to overcome.
"I think the girls will refocus and come out strong tomorrow against a challenging opponent. We have to recover quick and bring our best game tomorrow."
UNM's record is now 11-11 overall and they will face No. 10/12 UCLA (14-2 as of Friday) tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. MT.
Sophomore Carrie Sheehan (2-2) got the start and takes the loss against Long Beach State. She threw four innings, allowing six hits and three earned runs (one earned) while walking three and striking out one.
Freshman Lisa Rodrigues threw three innings of relief against the 49ers, giving up three hits and three runs (unearned) while walkign two and striking out three.
Against BYU, freshman Lauren Soles (5-3) started and took the loss. In 2 1/3 innings pitched, she allowed four hits and two earned runs while walking one and striking out three.
Senior Kaela DeBroeck threw the final 3 2/3 innings, allowing seven hits and four runs (three earned) while walking three and striking out four.
BYU 6, Lobos 1
The Cougars struck first in the bottom of the second inning, using two hits on two outs to put up one run.
The Lobos matched BYU in the top of the third inning scoring one run on one hit. Rimmer led off with a single, stole second base and advanced to third base off a sacrifice bunt by Anaya. With two outs away, a wild pitch allowed Rimmer to reach home and tie the game at 1-1.
But the Cougars reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the inning, scoring a run off three hits to move the score to 2-1.
BYU added two runs in the fourth and two runs in the fifth.
The Lobos didn't record a hit in the final four innings of play and the Cougars took the win, 6-1.
Long Beach State 6, Lobos 2
The 49ers grabbed a 2-1 after the first inning of play using two hits and a Lobo miscue in the top of the frame to put up their runs.
The Lobos, too, had two hits and benefited from a throwing error by Long Beach State in the bottom of the first to score an unearned run. Ingram got UNM started with a double down the left field line and then advanced to third on an error. She was driven in by Anaya who singled to left field.
The score stayed the same through another inning and a half of play. In the bottom of the third it was again Anaya who drove in another Lobo run and tied the game at 2-2. Rimmer led off with a single to left field, stole second and was advanced to third off a sacrifice bunt by Ingram and then reached home off Anaya's hit.
The contest remained tied after four innings of play, but then LBSU pulled ahead in the top of the fifth using two hits to score one run and make it 3-2.
Rimmer again led off with a single in the bottom of the inning, stole second base and was advanced to third on a ground out by Anaya, but UNM couldn't bring her home.
The top of the sixth inning was a combination of hard hitting by the 49ers and two untimely errors by the Lobos that resulted in three runs scored by LBSU and moved the score to 6-2.
It was three-up, three-down for New Mexico in the bottom of the inning and in the top o the seventh the Lobos held off any more runs by the 49ers.
The first two Lobos at bat in the bottom of the seventh inning struck out, but Rimmer reached as she was hit by a pitch, giving UNM a moment of hope for a rally. However, she was caught trying to steal second base and the contest ended 6-2 in favor of Long Beach State.