No. 13 Arizona Takes Two From the Lobos
April 18, 2012
Wednesday's DH at No. 13 Arizona
Weekend Series - Lobos Host San Diego State to Open MW Play
TUCSON, Ariz. - Some might say No. 13 Arizona gave the Lobos a taste of their own medicine as the Wildcats hit four home runs in the first game and two in the second to take both games of Wednesday's doubleheader, 8-1 and 5-0, at Hillebrand Memorial Stadium.
It's usually the other way around--the Lobos are typically the ones that belts out long balls. According to NCAA statistics for games through April 15, the Lobos are No. 1 in the nation for home runs per contest, averaging 1.86 per contest. UNM had 65 long balls prior to Wednesday's doubleheader and got one while in Tucson from team leader Stefanie Carramusa (her 16th) to put the team total to 66.
The Lobos struggled against Arizona hurlers Shelby Babcock (16-7) and Kenzie Fowler (13-5). Babcock allowed four hits in the first game--Carramusa's game-opening home run, two hits from Sheryl Guillermo, and a single to left field by Chelsea Anaya.
Fowler was even more of a challenge in the second game, holding the Lobos to just three hits--two from Anaya and one from Jessica Lujan-Dresslar-- and striking out 11.
Lobo pitchers Kaela DeBroeck and Carrie Sheehan took losses. DeBroeck started the first game and threw 2.1 innings before Kari Gutierrez came in and finished the final 3.2. Sheehan threw five full innings and faced three batters in the bottom of the sixth in game two before DeBroeck came in and finished out the final frame.
DeBroeck is now 11-5 while Sheehan is 8-4.
The Lobos open Mountain West conference play at 6 p.m. on Friday, hosting San Diego State for a three-game weekend series. Saturday's game begins at 3 p.m. and will be televised live on TheMtn. The series wraps up with a 1 p.m. contest on Sunday.
San Diego State began MW play last weekend at home against Colorado State. The Aztecs swept the Rams--4-3, 6-5 and 4-1.
The Aztecs got the season sweep over UNM last year. The Lobos opened 2011 MW play at home against SDSU on April 8 and were shut out by the Aztecs, 8-0. New Mexico went to San Diego State for its final two games of the season on May 13-14, fighting hard in those contests but dropping the pair of games, 6-3 and 2-1.