New Mexico Splits Doubleheader at UTEP
May 2, 2012
New Mexico Lobos Softball -- Helen of Troy Field, El Paso, Texas
Tuesday, May 1: UTEP 10, Lobos 7
EL PASO, Texas -- The Lobos took a loss and picked up a win on Wednesday at UTEP, dropping the first game of the doubleheader, 11-8, before coming back to win the second, 14-7. New Mexico (26-20, 1-5) finished its last non-conference series of the regular season 1-2, having dropped Tuesday's game, 10-7, to the Miners (16-37, 3-21 C-USA).
UNM returns to Lobo Field this weekend, May 4-6, for a three-game Mountain West conference series with UNLV. Friday's game begins at 6 p.m. MT. while Saturday's contest starts at 5 p.m. MT. Lobo seniors Danielle Castro, Shenise Cox, Jessica Garcia, Kerry Hodgins and Jessica Lujan-Dresslar will be honored following Sunday's game, which begins at 1 p.m. MT.
Senior Jessica Lujan-Dresslar finished the day going 4-for-6, recording four RBIs and scoring four runs. The Lobos also got four RBIs from Jessica Garcia, who finished the day 5-for-9, including two home runs and a double. The senior scored five runs and extended her hitting streak to eight games.
Stefanie Carramusa recorded one home run in her 4-for-10 effort. The junior also drove in three runs and crossed home twice.
Starting in the circle in game one for the Lobos was Kari Gutierrez (5-8). The junior completed 3.1 innings, allowing 10 hits and eight earned runs while striking out one. She was relieved by Carrie Sheehan who gave up two hits and allowed one earned run in 2.2 innings.
Kaela DeBroeck (13-6) threw the second game and recorded a season-high seven strike outs. The junior gave up 11 hits and seven earned runs while walking two en route to the win.
Game One - UTEP 11, Lobos 8
The Miners took a 2-0 advantage in the first inning as Camilla Carrera hit her 31st home run of the season and a Lobo error combined with a timely UTEP hit translated to an unearned run.
New Mexico made it on the board in the second as Jessica Lujan-Dresslar and Danielle Castro led off the inning with back-to-back singles, Lujan-Dresslar made it safely to third as a result of a fielding error and reached home on a fielder's choice to the short stop by Mia Hignojos.
The score remained locked at 2-1 in favor of UTEP until the bottom of the fourth. The Miners pounded out five hits in the inning--including two doubles and a home run--drew a walk and took advantage of a wild pitch to put up six runs and increase their lead, 9-1 going into the fifth.
The entire Lobo lineup batted in the fifth frame as New Mexico recorded four hits and capitalized on two UTEP errors to add four runs and move the mark to 9-5. UNM held off the Miners in the bottom of the inning and then added three more runs-- back-to-back-to-back homers by Garcia, Lujan-Dresslar and Castro-- in the top of the sixth and come within one run of tying the game.
UTEP got two more hits and took advantage of another Lobo error in the bottom of the sixth to add two runs and make it 11-8 going into the seventh.
The Lobos weren't able to reach and the game ended, 11-8 UTEP.
Game Two - Lobos 14, UTEP 7
Much like the first game, UTEP was first on the board, using four hits to put up four runs.
The Lobos found some life on offense in the third, putting up three runs off four hits. Jordan Sjostrand led off with a homer to center field. Cox hit a triple to left field and was driven in off a single up the middle by Anaya. Garcia followed and hit a single down the left field line and she and Anaya both advanced another base on the throw in. A fielder's choice by Castro gave the Miners their second out of the inning as they got Anaya on the force at home. With the bases loaded, Guillermo drew a walk and walked in Garcia. The next Lobo batter hit a fly ball to center field to end the top of the inning.
New Mexico didn't stop after its three runs in the third, going on to score in each of the remaining four innings--including five runs in the seventh--to build a 14-5 advantage before UTEP's final at-bat.
The Miners put up two quick runs as Kayla Oranger led off with a single and was driven in by another homer from Carrera. That was all UTEP managed in the final frame and the Lobos took the game, 14-7.