New Mexico Holds on to Top Cal State Fullerton, 5-4
Feb. 24, 2012
Cathedral City Classic
Thursday: Lobos 15, Texas A&M 3 (6); Lobos 10, Oregon State 6
Friday: Lobos 5, Cal State Fullerton 4
Saturday: Lobos vs. UC Davis, 2 p.m. MT
Sunday: Lobos vs. Cal Poly, 2 p.m. MT
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - New Mexico softball improved to 12-1 with a 5-4 win over Cal State Fullerton late Friday night in the second day of the Cathedral City Classic in Palm Springs, Calif.
The Lobos recorded four runs in the bottom of the first inning to take a 4-0 lead over the Titans that lasted until the top of the third, when Cal State Fullerton scored four to tie the game at 4-all.
New Mexico used one hit and took advantage of one Titan error in the bottom of the fourth inning to score one run. Neither team scored in the final two and a half innings as the Lobos held on for a 5-4 win.
Kaela DeBroeck threw a complete game for the Lobos, facing 27 batters, allowing nine hits and four earned runs while striking out three in seven innings. The junior shut out the Titans in the final four innings, and improves to 8-0.
It was a relatively quiet night at the plate--by Lobo standards, anyway--as New Mexico notched nine hits.
Senior left fielder Kerry Hodgins led the Lobo pack at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a double.
It was the first time in 11 games (since Feb. 10) that no player in the UNM line up hit a home run. The Cathedral City Classic continues Saturday with the Lobos playing UC Davis at 2 p.m. MT.
Lobos 5, Cal State Fullerton 4
New Mexico got right down to business in the bottom of the first inning. Shenise Cox was the first Lobo on base, drawing a walk. The senior then stole second and was advanced to third off a Kerry Hodgins double. With two outs and Cox and Hodgins on, Jessica Lujan-Dresslar hit a deep single, driving in both runners and putting the Lobos up 2-0.
Lujan-Dresslar continued on to second base while the Titans were trying to throw out Hodgins and then advanced to third off an error by Fullerton's shortstop.
Chelsea Anaya stepped up to the plate and hit a triple, driving in Lujan-Dresslar. Sheryl Guillermo then hit a single to left field, allowing Anaya to cross home plate. It was 4-0 Lobos heading into the second inning.
Cal State Fullerton matched New Mexico's four runs in the top of the third inning. The Titans put their first two runners on by drawing a walk and hitting a single to right field. Fullerton's Nicole Johnson then hit a double to right center, driving in two runs.
The Titans scored two more--one of another double that drove Johnson in and the other of a sacrifice fly hit--before New Mexico was able to end the inning.
The game remained tied at 4-all until the bottom of the fourth. With one out and Cox and Hodgins on first and second, Jessica Garcia reached on an error by the second baseman. The error allowed Cox to score unearned and Hodgins to advance to second.
It was the only run for New Mexico in the inning, but it was enough to reclaim the lead. DeBroeck shut out the Titans in innings four, five, six and seven and the Lobos took the win, 5-4.