San Diego State Takes MW Opener From Lobos, 8-3
April 20, 2012
New Mexico Lobos Softball -- Lobo Field
Saturday Promotion--10th Annual Book Drive: Fans can receive free admission to Saturday's game if they bring a new or gently used children's book to Lobo Field. The promotion is part of the 10th Annual Book Drive, sponsored by Albuquerque Business Education Compact and City of Albuquerque (additional sponsors include Barnes & Noble, ABQ Ride, Friends of the Public Library, UNM Lobos, Sandia Labs & Fidelity Investments. Promotion is valid for Saturday's game only.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The Lobos got two home runs from junior Stefanie Carramusa, but New Mexico came up short against San Diego State, dropping their Mountain West conference opener, 8-3, at home on Friday night.
The Aztecs (23-19, 4-0) outhit the Lobos (24-14, 0-1), 9-6, and were flawless in the field while UNM committed two errors.
"I knew it was going to be a battle," head coach Erica Beach said. "Honestly if we hadn't given up as many free bases with walks, hit by pitch and crazy defensive plays, then it would've been neck-and-neck through the whole game. We folded to some of the pressure on the mound and a couple of breaks didn't go our way and we paid the price."
The Lobos gave up 11 free bases via eight walks, one hit-by-pitch and two fielding miscues.
"We feel that pain a little bit, but hats off to them," Beach said. "They hit the ball well and played amazing defense all game."
New Mexico will get two more chances at San Diego State yet this weekend. The Lobos and Aztecs face off at 3 p.m. tomorrow. The game will be broadcast live on TheMtn.
Kari Gutierrez (5-5) got the start and takes the loss for UNM. The junior threw the first 4.2 innings, giving up seven hits, five earned runs and striking out one. Carrie Sheehan (8-4) came in to relieve her, throwing the final 2.1 innings. The rookie allowed two hits, two earned runs and struck out two.
Rebecca Arbino (11-8) started in the cirlce for the Aztecs, allowing only four hits in five innings. Arbino walked just one and struck out three. Bailey Micetich came in for the final two innings. She faced nine Lobos, striking out one and allowing two hits.
Carramusa's two homers puts her season total at 18. The junior went 2-for-3 and notched three RBIs.
Sophomore Jordan Sjostrand was also 2-for-3, hitting a single to right field in the bottom of the third and another single to left field in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Beach says her Lobos need to relax and play without fear.
"They're playing like they are afraid of losing," Beach said. "They've put the weight of the season on their shoulders. We have to let go of it and play like we did at the beginning of the season. I challenged them for tomorrow's game and hopefully they will respond positively and we'll come out tomorrow fired up and ready to go."
San Diego 8, Lobos 3
Aztec shortstop Hayley Miles took the second pitch of the game and sent it well over the bleachers beyond the left field fence of Lobo Field. The Aztecs manage to load the bases, but the Lobos held off any more runs.
New Mexico trailed 2-0 heading in to the bottom of the third inning--the Aztecs added a run in the top of the frame thanks to a Lobo error and a hit up the middle by Tiffany Corder.
Sjostrand got the Lobos' first hit of the game in the bottom of the third with a blooper to right field--just over SDSU's second baseman's head and just short of the Aztec's right fielder. Carramusa followed, sending her second pitch over the left field fence. Cox followed with a shot up the middle, but was thrown out at second on a fielder's choice. The game was tied 2-2 after three innings.
In the top of the fourth, Miles led off with a single up the middle and was eventually batted home by Justeen Maeva with a single to left field. It was 3-2 Aztecs after 3.5 innings.
Arbino and the Aztecs kept the bases Lobo-free as it was three up, three down for UNM in the bottom of the fourth frame.
In the top of the fifth with two outs already accounted and runners on second and third, Miles hit her second homer of the game--this time a shot over the right field scoreboard--to lead the Lobos 6-2.
Carramusa followed Miles' lead and ripped her second homer of the game--also over the right field fence, adding one run for the home team and making it 6-3 Aztecs after five innings.
It was the final run of the night for the Cherry and Silver. SDSU added two more -- one off a solo home run by Patrice Jackson in the top of the sixth and the other was a run that was walked in by an illegal pitch thrown by Sheehan.
With two outs on in the bottom of the seventh the Lobos generated some excitement by loading the bases as Bledsoe and Sjostrand got back-to-back singles and Carramusa was hit by a pitch. Cox put up a good fight in the batter's box, but grounded out to Miles at the short stop position to end the game.