Rams Take Two From New Mexico, 8-0 and 6-5
May 10, 2012
New Mexico Lobos Softball -- Final Series
Thursday: Game 1 - Colorado State 8, Lobos 0 (5); Game 2 - Colorado State 6, Lobos 5
FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- The University of New Mexico Lobos softball team dropped two games on Thursday at Mountain West opponent Colorado State in Fort Collins, Colo. The Rams blanked UNM in five innings in game one, 8-0, and came from behind in the second to claim a 6-5 victory.
The Lobos (27-24, 2-9) wrap up the series and the 2012 season with another game against CSU (28-22, 7-4) starting at 11 a.m. (MT) on Friday.
This week's series was changed to a doubleheader Thursday and a single game on Friday in anticipation of poor weather conditions predicted for Friday.
Carrie Sheehan got the start in the circle for UNM, but was relieved by Kaela DeBroeck after the first inning. Sheehan reentered in the bottom of the fifth with two outs and threw to two batters before the Rams ended the contest early.
Sheehan took the loss to move to an 8-8 record. The freshman threw 1.1 innings, allowing one hit and four earned runs while walking three and striking out one. DeBroeck pitched 3.1 innings, giving up five hits and three earned runs while walking three and fanning three.
There wasn't much life in the Lobos' bats in the first game as New Mexico was held to three hits by CSU's Kacie McCarthy. The junior retired six Lobos and walked just two.
New Mexico played like a different team in the second game, doubling its hits and claiming an early 4-3 lead after two innings. However, the Rams kept pace with the 'Bos, and scored a run in the bottom of the seventh to get the 6-5 win.
Lobo hurler Kari Gutierrez pitched the entire second game. The junior faced 38 batters, allowing 13 hits and five earned runs. She also walked three and struck out two.
McCarthy was again the winning pitcher in game two. Kailey Snyder got the start for the Rams, but after homers by Stefanie Carramusa, Chelsea Anaya and Jessica Garcia in the top of the first, she was relieved by McCarthy. The Ram ace faced 30 batters, walking six and striking out four while giving up one earned run.
Garcia and Carramusa both had two hits in the second game. Garcia's hitting streak now spans over 13 contests as the Lobo catcher has recorded a hit in every game since UNM played San Diego State at home on April 21.
Colorado State 8, Lobos 0 (5)
The Rams stunned the Lobos in the first game, putting up three runs off three hits and two errors in the first inning, and three runs off three hits in the second to lead 6-0 after two innings. CSU also drew four walks in the first two frames.
It was three up, three down for New Mexico in the Lobos' first at-bat. UNM managed to load the bases in the top of the second, drawing two walks and reaching on an error, but were unable to produce any runs. UNM got back-to-back singles from Anaya and Garcia in the third, and another single from Anaya in the top of the fifth, but still weren't able to reach home.
The Rams loaded up the bases in the fifth and scored their first run off an illegal pitch and ended the game early as the mercy-rule run was driven in off a sacrifice fly to center field.
Colorado State 6, Lobos 5
The Lobos claimed an early 4-3 lead after two innings. Carramusa, Anaya and Garcia each hit solo dingers in the top of the first while UNM used one hit, a walk and a hit by pitch in the second to score its fourth run.
The Rams stuck close to New Mexico, using three hits to put up two runs in the first and three hits and an error in the second to add another.
CSU's Chelsea Biglow hit a home run to center left field in the fifth frame to tie the game. The Lobos capitalized on a miscue by the Rams in the sixth to score an unearned run and regain the lead, but Colorado State got two consecutive hits -- a single and a double -- to add a run and put the game locked at 5-5 heading into the seventh.
Garcia led off with a double to right center in the top of the seventh. Cassandra Kalapsa came in to pinch run and made it to third base off a ground out by Dani Castro, but the next Lobo batter hit a line drive that was snagged by the Rams' third baseman.
With two outs away in the bottom of the inning, CSU had the bases loaded thanks to back-to-back singles and a walk. The Rams' Lyssa Roberts was hit by a pitch which walked the winning run in and ended the contest, 6-5.