Lobos Defeat Central Arkansas and Bryant
Feb. 17, 2012
Friday: Lobos 10, Central Arkansas 8; Lobos 15, Bryant 1 (5)
Saturday: Lobos vs. Northern Colorado, 5 p.m.; Lobos vs. Central Arkansas, 7 p.m.
Sunday: Lobos vs. Purdue, 1 p.m.
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Erica Beach's Lobos have demonstrated an exceptional amount of fight in the young season.
They showed it at the Kajikawa Classic last weekend in Tempe, Ariz., as four of their five victories were come-from-behind wins--including overcoming a 6-0 deficit against preseason top-20 Oregon , scoring seven runs in the last two innings to claim a 7-6 win.
The Lobos also showed it Friday night in their home opener against Central Arkansas, battling the Sugar Bears over seven innings in a game that saw four lead changes and featured a three-run rally by New Mexico in the final frame to claim the 10-8 win.
"The Central Arkansas game was hard fought on both sides," Beach said. "I'm so proud of how our team fought on defense, and of course, our never-say-die attitude at the plate...we never feel out of any game and that is a characteristic I love about this team."
New Mexico then took it to Bryant, run-ruling the Bulldogs in five innings with a final score of 15-1.
Freshman Carrie Sheehan won both games for the Lobos, pitching 10 innings total. Sheehan gave up six hits against Central Arkansas, allowed three earned runs and struck out one. Against the Bryant Bulldogs, she scattered six hits and allowed one earned run.
Beach was proud of the way Sheehan battled through the Central Arkansas game and quickly refocused for her second game of the evening.
"Carrie is still growing as a pitcher," Beach said. "She struggled some in the first game, but made some great adjustments in game two. I see major potential there."
Jessica Garcia hit 2-for-4 in the first game and 1-for-3 in the second, recording one home run and one double. The senior also had two RBIs.
Fellow senior Shenise Cox hit a triple and two home runs on the evening, recording five RBIs.
Carramusa went 3-for-5 in the first game and 2-for-4 in the second, recording a double and one home run and batting in six runs.
Lobos 10, Central Arkansas 8
The first game was back and forth between the Lobos and the Sugar Bears. New Mexico jumped to a 3-0 start in the top of the first inning off four hits--including a two-run home run by Jessica Garcia.
Central Arkansas pounded out four hits in the third inning and capitalized on some walks to take a 5-3 lead heading into the fourth.
New Mexico reclaimed the lead, 7-5, in the top of the fourth thanks to a one-run double by Stefanie Carramusa and a Shenise Cox three-run homer over the center field fence. The Sugar Bears tacked on one run in the bottom of the inning, leaving the Lobos in the lead at 7-6.
Central Arkansas held off New Mexico in the top of the fifth inning and instead strung together three hits to tack on two runs, taking back the lead, 8-7.
Neither team scored in the sixth, and the Sugar Bears were able to get two quick outs on New Mexico in the top of the seventh--but that's when that signature Lobo fight emerged. Sheryl Guillermo was walked and advanced to second base off a ground out by Jordyn Bledsoe. Cassandra Kalapsa came in to pinch hit for Jordan Sjostrand and hit a single to the short stop. The Sugar Bears tried to get Guillermo out at third, but the junior eluded the tag and meanwhile, Kalapsa advanced to second base. With runners on second and third and two outs, Stefanie Carramusa ripped a shot that Central Arkansas' second baseman couldn't field, and both Guillermo and Kalapsa scored, pulling the Lobos ahead, 9-8.
Shenise Cox knocked a triple to right field, which allowed Carramusa to score and gave the Lobos one more run for security. New Mexico held off the Sugar Bears in the bottom of the seventh--including a dramatic diving catch by centerfielder Jessica Lujan-Dresslar and throw to second to tag out the runner---to close the game and give the Lobos the 10-8 victory.
"Lujan-Dresslar's game-saving diving catch in the first game was one of the best defensive plays I have ever seen," Beach said. "I couldn't have been more proud."
Lobos 15, Bryant 1 (5)
New Mexico took advantage of seven walks and recorded 11 hits--including five home runs, two of which were grand slams--to record a commanding 15-1 win over the Bulldogs.
Bryant's shortstop, Aubrey Mable hit a home run in the first inning to give the Bulldogs the 1-0 edge after a half an inning of play, but from there it was all Lobo as New Mexico scored one run in the first inning and seven runs in both the second and fourth.
Stefanie Carramusa hit a two-run homer in the second inning, driving in Bledsoe who had led off the inning with a single through the left side. Shenise Cox followed, hitting her second home run of the night clear over the center field fence. Later, Chelsea Anaya hit her second grand slam of the season over the left center fence.
In the fifth, it was Jessica Lujan-Dresslar's turn to notch a long ball, sending it over the fence in right center territory and driving in Garcia who had reached on a double to left field. A few batters later, Kerry Hodgins stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded and sent a ball over the center field fence for the second New Mexico grand slam of the game. Somewhere in between home runs, Chelsea Anaya scored, off a Carramusa single.
Lobo Jordan Sjostrand picked up her first hit of the season in the final inning of the night, knocking a single through the right side.
New Mexico faces Northern Colorado and Central Arkansas tomorrow at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., respectively, in the second day of the Lobo Classic.
Northern Colorado is 7-1 on the season having picked up wins on Friday over Central Arkansas and Bryant.
Bryant and Purdue open play on Saturday at 10 a.m. At noon, Northern Colorado takes on Purdue while Bryant and Central Arkansas play at 2 p.m.