New Mexico Falls to Cal Poly, 4-2, on Final Day of Cathedral City Clas

Feb. 26, 2012

Box Score

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 7, UC Davis, 5
Sunday: Cal Poly 4, Lobos 2

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - New Mexico suffered its second loss of the season on Sunday afternoon, 4-2, to the Mustangs of Cal Poly in its final game of the Cathedral City Classic in Palm Springs, Calif.

The Lobos went 4-1 on the weekend and are now 13-2 overall.

New Mexico had the edge in hits--seven to Cal Poly's six, however, the Mustangs were able to string three of their hits together in the first inning and add one more hit and a run in the second to take a 4-1 lead after two innings, and the Lobos couldn't recover.

Jessica Garcia was 2-for-3 and drove in one run, while Jessica Lujan-Dresslar went 1-for-3 and also recorded one RBI.

Junior pitcher Kari Gutierrez started in the circle, making her first appearance of the season. She threw three innings, allowing five hits and four earned runs while striking out one. Freshman Carrie Sheehan relieved Gutierrez, striking out three and only allowing one hit in the final three innings. Gutierrez took the loss.

New Mexico started the tournament on Thursday afternoon with a commanding, 15-3, six-inning victory over No. 16 Texas A&M. The Lobos also defeated Oregon State Thursday evening, 10-6.

On Friday, New Mexico topped Cal State Fullerton , 5-4, and defeated UC Davis 7-5 on Saturday, before dropping today's game against Cal Poly.

The Lobos return to Albuquerque next weekend for the UNM Invitational. The tournament will feature 10 games March 2-4 as New Mexico hosts CSU Bakersfield, North Dakota and Utah at Lobo Field.

North Dakota and Utah kick off the UNM Invitational at 3 p.m. on Friday, March 2.

The Lobos' first game of the tournament will follow--around 5 p.m. as they take on North Dakota.

Cal Poly 4, Lobos 2

Shenise Cox was the first Lobo to reach on a double to right center and then advanced to third on a Kerry Hodgins ground-out to the first baseman.

With two outs, Jessica Garcia hit a single to left field and drove in Cox to put New Mexico up 1-0 in the top of the inning.

Cal Poly used two singles to center field and a double down the left field line to put three runs up on the board and claim the 3-1 lead after one inning. The Mustangs added one more run in the bottom of the second inning and led 4-1 going into the top of the sixth.

New Mexico had the bases loaded in the bottom of the fifth, but couldn't get the necessary production at the plate to drive the runners in.

In the top of the sixth inning, Garcia led off with a single and Cassandra Kalapsa came in to pinch run for the senior catcher. Kalapsa advanced to second on a wild pitch and was then driven in by a double to right center by Jessica Lujan-Dresslar to bring the Lobos one run closer and make it 4-2.

Lujan-Dresslar made it to third base on a wild pitch, but the Mustangs' pitcher Rebecca Patton struck out the next three Lobo batters.

Sheehan didn't allow any hits in the bottom of the sixth, but New Mexico didn't manage any off Patton either in the top of the seventh and the game ended, 4-2 Mustangs.