New Mexico Splits with No. 23/RV Oregon State
March 14, 2013
CORVALLIS, Ore. -- The University of New Mexico softball team spoiled No. 23/RV Oregon State's home-opening doubleheader by splitting games with the Beavers. UNM took game one, 5-3, before losing the second game on a walk-off home run, 5-4.
New Mexico's record moves to 14-17 while OSU is now 21-5 overall.
The Lobos recorded four hits and capitalized on two errors by Oregon State to take the first game.
New Mexico had a 4-1 lead after 5 1/2 innings of play in game two, but three runs by the Beavers in the bottom of the sixth tied the contest at 4-all, and then a walk-off by OSU's catcher, Ally Kutz, ended the game, 5-4.
Senior Cassandra Kalapsa led the Lobos in the first game as she hit her third home run of the season in the top of the fifth inning to drive in two runs and help UNM reclaim the lead for good. Freshman Mariah Rimmer was 2-for-4 with one run batted in while junior Jordyn Bledsoe and freshman Mia Hignojos drove in the other two runs.
Lisa Rodrigues started in the circle in the first game and tossed 3 1/3 innings. The freshman faced 20 batters, allowing four hits and three earned runs while walking five and striking out three.
Senior Kaela DeBroeck came in to finish the game and get the win. She allowed two hits while walking one. DeBroeck's mark moves to 3-4.
In game two, each team had six hits -- the only difference was Oregon State got the timeliest hit of the game with a solo homer in the bottom of the seventh that ended the contest, 5-4.
Both Tellez and sophomore Mia Hignojos recorded two hits and an RBI apiece in the Lobos' loss. Ingram and Haleman each added a hit.
Freshman Lauren Soles tossed the entire game and takes the loss, dropping to an even 6-6. The lefty faced 26 batters, allowing six hits and five earned runs while walking two and striking out two.
The Lobos will hold their first home game in over a month as they host in-state and Rio Grande Rival New Mexico State at 4 p.m. MT on Tuesday, March 19 at Lobo Field.
Lobos 5, No. 23/RV Oregon State 3
Oregon State took a 1-0 lead in the first inning and then the Lobos used two walks, two fielder's choices and a ground out to put up two runs and take over the lead, 2-1.
The Beavers reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the fourth on a two-run homer by Dani Gillmore, 3-2, but the Lobos answered in the top of the fifth on a two-run homer by Kalapsa to reclaim the lead, 4-3.
This time UNM held on for good, holding off any runs by OSU and tacking on an insurance run in the top of the sixth thanks to a hit and an error.
Neither team scored in the seventh and New Mexico held on for the 5-3 win.
No. 23/RV Oregon State 5, Lobos 4
Two hits were enough for the Lobos to put up one run in the top of the first inning and take an early advantage over the Beavers. Senior Kaity Ingram led off the inning with a single to the short stop and she was advanced by a sacrifice bunt down the third baseline by newcomer Karissa Haleman. Freshman Mariah Rimmer was hit by a pitch, giving UNM runners on first and second and then a single up the middle by freshman Naomi Tellez brought Ingram in.
Oregon State also struck in the bottom of the inning, using back-to-back hits and a stolen base with two outs away to tie the contest, 1-1.
Neither team scored in the second frame and then the Lobos used two hits in the top of the third to score the go-ahead run. A single by Haleman, a hit-by-pitch by Torres and a single by Tellez loaded the bases for UNM. Kalapsa then drew a walk to bring in Haleman and give New Mexico it's one run of the inning and the 2-1 lead.
It was three-up, three-down for OSU in the bottom of the third and neither team scored in the fourth.
Kalapsa and Guillermo both drew walks to start the fifth. Bledsoe drove in Kalapsa with a ground out to short stop a few batters later while a single through the right side by Hignojos brought Guillermo around and moved New Mexico's lead to 4-1.
Again, the Beavers went down in order in the bottom of the frame.
Oregon State kept the Lobos off base in the top of the sixth and then went to work on offense, using two walks, a hit and a wild pitch to load the bases with one out. A single up the middle by OSU's Lea Cavestany drove in two runs. The next batter lined out to first base, but a wild pitch allowed another Beaver run to score and the home team tied the contest at 4-4. The inning ended after that with a line out to left field.
No Lobos reached base for the second inning in a row in the seventh and then OSU's Ally Kutz ended the game with a home run to left center, 5-4.