Lobos Defeat No. 11/16 Oregon in Softball Season Opener at Kajikawa Classic
Feb. 10, 2012
The University of New Mexico softball team opened their season this evening with a come-from-behind, 7-6 victory over No. 11/16 Oregon at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz.
The Lobos face Western Michigan immediately following their game with Oregon to conclude their first day of play in the tournament.
New Mexico was down 6-0 heading into the sixth inning as Oregon had scored four runs in the fourth inning and two more in the top of the fifth off five hits—including three home runs—over both innings.
The Lobos were able to hold off any Oregon runs in the final two innings of the season opener, and instead tacked on seven of their own—three runs in the sixth and four in the seventh.
Getting it started for New Mexico in inning number six was third baseman Stefanie Carramusa. The junior got hit by a pitch, took first base and then advanced to second as senior right fielder Shenise Cox grounded out to the pitcher. Left fielder Kerry Hodgins walked and then senior catcher Jessica Garcia knocked a single to left field, loading the bases with Lobos with only one out.
Senior Jessica Lujan-Dresslar stepped up to the plate and smacked a singled to center field, driving in Carramusa and Hodgins. Oregon was able to get Garcia out at second for out number two, but New Mexico wasn’t quite through. With Lujan-Dresslar on first base, sophomore second baseman Chelsea Anaya singled to center field and then junior Sheryl Guillermo hit a single to left to give New Mexico another bases-loaded opportunity. Redshirt sophomore Jordyn Bledsoe got hit by a pitch, advancing all runners and sending Lujan-Dresslar across the plate. Oregon’s third out came on a strike out, but the Lobos had gained valuable ground and momentum on the top-20 team—momentum that carried over into the final inning of the contest.
Leading off for the Lobos was again Carramusa, reaching first base on a miscue by the Ducks’ shortstop. Cox followed and knocked a double to right center. Carramusa used her speed and headed home, crossing the plate safely thanks to a throwing error by Oregon’s second base man. The error also allowed Cox to advance to third base.
With no outs and the score now 6-4, New Mexico’s Hodgins was walked and then advanced to second on a wild pitch as Garcia battled at the plate, eventually striking out swinging.
New Mexico had one out and runners on second and third when Lujan-Dresslar stepped up to the plate. The Lobo center fielder watched a ball go by and fouled one off before hitting a single to left field, driving in Cox and Hodgins and evening the score at 6-all. Lujan-Dresslar was able to advance to second as the Ducks chased Hodgins and eventually advanced to third base on a wild pitch.
Anaya hit a grounder to short, giving New Mexico its second out. With Lujan-Dresslar—the Lobos’ winning run--still on third, Sheryl Guillermo drew a walk. Bledsoe was next and hit a shot to left field that the Ducks couldn’t handle, giving Lujan-Dresslar time to cross home and score the winning run for New Mexico.
Kaela DeBroeck pitched the entire game for the Lobos, facing 34 batters, striking out three. DeBroeck allowed 11 hits and six earned runs, but still got the win for New Mexico. Jessica Lujan-Dresslar led the offensive charge, going 2-for-4, tallying four RBIs and scoring two runs. Carramusa and Hodgins also scored two runs apiece, while Carramusa hit 1-for3 on the game and Hodgins went 1-for-2.