Lobos Finish Day Two of Kajikawa Classic with Two More Wins over Idaho State and Northwestern
Feb. 11, 2012
Lobos 7, No. 16/11 Oregon 6
Lobos 5, Western Michigan 4
Lobos 9, Idaho State 8
Lobos 13, Northwestern 5 (5)
Lobos vs. Texas State, 1:30 p.m.
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Tempe, Ariz. - Erica Beach's Lobos improved to 4-0 overall with two more wins over Idaho State and Northwestern on day two of the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz. New Mexico began Saturday by clinching a 9-8 victory over Idaho State in the early afternoon and finished with a 13-5 five-inning rout of Northwestern later in the evening.
"It feels so good for this team to see results from all the hard work and preparation they have put in," Beach said on Saturday night.
Junior pitcher Kaela DeBroeck picked up her second win of the season against Idaho State, striking out three batters of 40 faced in seven innings.
"Kaela threw well the first game and got us out of some tough situations," Beach said. "Idaho State put a lot of pressure on us, especially in the seventh inning, and she responded well and was able to get the win."
Carrie Sheehan also tacked on another win, as she threw all five innings against Northwestern. The freshman faced 26 batters, allowing six hits, five earned runs and striking out eight.
"I'm so proud of the strides Carrie made against a very strong Northwestern lineup," Beach said of the rookie. "She stepped it up for us big time and the team played really well behind her."
New Mexico's offense went wild, scoring 22 runs on 21 hits on the day, including two doubles, one triple and six home runs.
"Our offense was firing on all cylinders today," Beach said. "We had execution from every part of the lineup and I am so excited with how our hitters are responding to pressure situations. I have seen a lot of growth in that area of the game."
Stefanie Carramusa was 4-for-8 over both games with four RBIs and two runs. The junior shortstop hit a double in the first game and two home runs against the Wildcats.
Seniors Jessica Garcia and Shenise Cox were also offensive leaders. Garcia hit 6-for-8, tallying six RBIs and crossing the plate twice, and had a home run in the first game. Cox had a home run in each game while going 3-for-6 with three RBIs.
Sophomore Chelsea Anaya also had a grand slam in the second game.
Beach was very happy with her team's offensive production and commented on several players' performances--Anaya's first grand slam, which provided an energy boost for New Mexico against Northwestern, Garcia's consistency, Carramusa's spark, Cox's power, etc.
"It's hard to pick just one standout player for today because we had so many contributors to our offense," Beach said. "I could say something positive about every batter in the lineup, which is a nice problem to have as a coach."
New Mexico finishes the Kajikawa Classic tomorrow with one game against Texas State at 1:30 p.m.
New Mexico 9, Idaho State 8
The Lobos held a comfortable 9-3 lead heading in to the bottom of the seventh inning against Idaho State, having scored at least one run in each frame with the exception the second.
The Bengals weren't about to make things easy for New Mexico, however, and rallied in the bottom of the seventh to score five runs and threaten taking the game to extra innings.
New Mexico wasted no time in getting on the board, scoring its first run in the first inning off a Garcia single up the middle. Lobo leadoff hitter Stefanie Carramusa reached on a single through the right side and gradually advanced off ground-outs by Shenise Cox and Kerry Hodgins until Garcia's hit sent her home.
Idaho State also scored runs early in the game, crossing the plate in both the first and second innings and taking an early 2-1 lead heading into the third.
In inning number three, New Mexico capitalized on two Bengal errors to tack on two runs and reclaim the lead. The Lobos added runs in the fourth and fifth, while playing tough defense to hold off any runs by Idaho State.
In the sixth inning, New Mexico exploded with offense. Redshirt sophomore Jordyn Bledsoe took the first pitch of the inning and sent it deep into left field for a double. Following her was Jordan Sjostrand and Stefanie Carramusa who lined out to the second baseman and flied out to center field.
With two outs on, Cox stepped up to the plate and hit her first home run of the season and fifth of her career to add two runs for New Mexico. Kerry Hodgins was then hit by a pitch and it was Garcia's turn to knock one out of the park--her first of the season and 15th of her career--adding another two runs for New Mexico to make it 9-2.
Jessica Lujan-Dresslar followed Garcia and hit a triple to right field, but the next Lobo batter grounded out and ended the top of the inning.
Idaho State strung together a walk and some strategic base running to take one run in the sixth, but still trailed 9-3 going into the seventh.
New Mexico had a quiet final inning, getting one hit from Bledsoe but not scoring any runs.
The Lobos were able to hold off the Bengals' hitting spree--seven of their 16 hits came in the seventh--and claim their third victory, 9-8, of the tournament and season.
New Mexico 13, Northwestern 5
New Mexico was again first on the scoreboard against Northwestern, opening the bottom of the first inning with a Stefanie Carramusa home run.
The Wildcats used three hits--including a double by Emily Allard and a home run by Adrienne Monka--to tack on five runs in the top of the third inning, making it 5-1 Northwestern.
As seems to be the personality of this team, the Lobos didn't lose focus and instead made a third-inning rally of their own. Shenise Cox started the Lobos by sending the first pitch over the left field fence. Kerry Hodgins kept things going with a single to left and then Garcia reached on an error by the Wildcats' shortstop. Jessica Lujan-Dresslar loaded up the bases with a single through the right side, just in time for Anaya to step up to the plate and hit a grand slam over the centerfield fence.
The Lobos had tacked on five runs in as many batters, making it 6-1 New Mexico with no outs.
Northwestern changed pitchers, but the Lobos were able to add two more runs be for the inning ended.
Neither team scored in the fourth inning, and Carrie Sheehan struck out two batters in the fifth inning, with the other out coming off a fielder's choice play at second.
The Lobo offense went to work again in the bottom of the fifth inning, scoring four runs and cutting the contest short.
Jordan Sjostrand began the final inning by reaching on an error. Cassandra Kalapsa came in to run for Sjostrand and then it was Carramusa hitting her second home run of the game. The Lobos scored their final two runs, thanks in part to errant pitching and some key slap hits.