Lobos Rally in the Seventh Inning for 10-6 Win Over Oregon State
Feb. 23, 2012
Thursday: Lobos 15, No. 16 Texas A&M 3 (6); Lobos 10, Oregon State 6
Friday: Lobos vs. Cal State Fullerton, 9:30 p.m. MT
Saturday: Lobos vs. UC Davis, 2 p.m. MT
Sunday: Lobos vs. Cal Poly, 2 p.m. MT
GoLobos: Box Scores, Recaps
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - New Mexico claimed its second win of the day, using two seventh-inning home runs by seniors Shenise Cox and Jessica Garcia to score four runs, and top Oregon State, 10-6, Thursday night in opening day action of the Cathedral City Classic in Palm Springs, Calif.
The Lobos run-ruled No. 16 Texas A&M earlier Thursday afternoon, 15-3 in six innings.
Carrie Sheehan started in the circle for the Lobos against Oregon State, but was relieved by Kaela DeBroeck after three innings. DeBroeck claimed the win and improves to 6-0. The junior faced 20 batters, giving up five hits and three earned runs while striking out two.
All but three Lobos recorded a hit in the game with Cox leading the bunch, going 2-for-2 on the night hitting a double and a three-run homer.
Chelsea Anaya was 2-for-4, hitting a double and a home run while driving in two runs.
New Mexico improves to 11-1 and faces Cal State Fullerton at 9:30 p.m. MT tomorrow.
Lobos 10, Oregon State 6
Just like in its afternoon game, New Mexico took an early lead tacking on two runs in the top of the first inning.
Shenise Cox got things started with a double down the right field line and Kerry Hodgins followed with a double down the left field line. With runners in scoring position and two outs on, Jessica Lujan-Dresslar reached on an error by the Beavers' first baseman and Cox and Hodgins both crossed home.
Oregon State held the Lobos' in the top of the second and got a run of their own, taking advantage of a Lobo error and getting a timely hit. It was 2-1 going into the third.
Jessica Garcia led off the third inning and reached and then advanced to second base on an error in right field. The next New Mexico batter flied out in foul territory and then Anaya hit a double up the middle to send Garcia home and give the Lobos a 3-1 lead.
Oregon State came alive in the bottom of the fourth inning, scoring four runs on five hits. The Beavers claimed a 5-3 advantage after four innings of play.
New Mexico answered in the top of the fifth, using two hits and an error by Oregon State to tack on two more runs and tie the contest at 5-all.
Each team scored a run in the sixth inning--New Mexico getting its run off a center field homer by Chelsea Anaya, while Oregon State's Dani Gilmore got hit by a pitch and was driven in by a shot to left field by Hannah Bouska. The scoreboard read 6-6 heading into the seventh inning.
As has proven to be customary of this year's squad, the Lobos rallied in the final frame.
Jordan Sjostrand and Stefanie Carramusa walked to lead off the inning, and Cassandra Kalapsa came in as a pinch runner for Sjostrand. With runners on, senior Shenise Cox stepped up to the plate and drove the ball over the right field fence giving New Mexico a three-run lead at 9-6.
The next Lobo batter struck out, but then it was Jessica Garcia's turn. With a 1-1 count, the senior sent the ball sailing over left center, tacking on one more run to make it 10-6 New Mexico.
Oregon State managed to get their first two batters on off a walk and a single through the left side, but the Lobos sealed the game at 10-6, holding off any runs by posting a flawless inning in the field.
New Mexico has 31 home runs in 12 games.
Cox had one her freshman and sophomore seasons and four as a junior. She has doubled her career home runs in just the first 12 games of the 2012 season.
Jessica Garcia tied the single-season home run record last year with 13 and is on pace to better that, having recorded six homers so far this season.
Seven different Lobos have recorded at least one home run so far this season, while five have three or more.