Texas Tech Sweeps No. 23 New Mexico in Lubbock
March 12, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas - Monday's doubleheader at Texas Tech was a tough one for No. 23 New Mexico as the Lobos dropped both games, 9-4 and 8-5, respectively. UNM is now 17-5 and the Red Raiders improved to 19-7.
The deciding factor in the sweep for the Red Raiders proved to be recording seven-run innings in each game--the bottom of the third in game one and the bottom of the fourth in the second contest.
Winning pitcher of game one, Cara Custer, threw a career game for Texas Tech, topping her previous personal best for strikeouts of seven by sending eight Lobos back to the dugout. The freshman is now 11-5.
UNM freshman hurler Carrier Sheehan took the first loss, allowing 11 hits and nine earned runs in the first 2.1 innings pitched. Kari Gutierrez came in to relieve Sheehan. The junior didn't give up any runs, allowed four hits and struck out two in 3.2 innings. Sheehan is now 6-2.
It was a tough outing for New Mexico's offense, as UNM had eight hits in game one, leaving 10 runners on base--including the bases loaded in both the fourth and fifth innings.
In game two, New Mexico outhit Texas Tech, eight to six, but the Red Raiders produced eight runs to the Lobos' five. UNM led, 3-0 going into the fourth inning when Texas Tech used four hits--including a grand slam by Mikey Kenney--to put up seven runs and claim the 7-3 lead.
New Mexico added two runs in the top of the sixth, to pull within two, but the Raiders tacked on one more run in the bottom of the inning and held off any Lobo runs in the top of the seventh frame to claim the 8-5 victory.
Winning pitcher in game two for TTU was Brittany Talley who allowed four hits and three earned runs in four innings pitched. Talley is now 6-2. Custer came back in for the final three innings, picking up right where she left off in game one-- striking out four, scattering four hits and allowing two runs.
Kaela DeBroeck suffered her second loss of the season and is now 10-2. The junior faced 30 batters, allowing six hits and seven earned runs while striking out three.
New Mexico travels to Las Cruces, N.M. to face Rio Grande Rival New Mexico State on Wednesday, March 14. The Aggies are 16-12 overall and 9-3 at home.
Wednesday's contest will be the 54th meeting between the Aggies and the Lobos with UNM holding the 31-22 series advantage.
Last year the teams split. New Mexico got the 4-3 victory on April 3 in Las Cruces while the Aggies shut out the Lobos, 6-0, on April 19 in Albuquerque.
Game One - Texas Tech 9, Lobos 4
New Mexico fell behind 1-0 after one inning as Texas Tech rallied on two outs in the bottom of the first, using back-to-back doubles to send one Red Raider across the plate. In the top of the inning, the Lobos' Stefanie Carramusa led off with a single up the middle and advanced to second on a passed ball, but the next three batters for UNM struck out, grounded out and flied out.
The Lobos put up two runs off two hits by Chelsea Anaya and Jordyn Bledsoe in the top of the second to take the lead, 2-1. Jessica Lujan-Dresslar led off and took first after being hit by the pitch. She was advanced to third off a double to center by Anaya and both runners were driven in on a single up the middle by Beldsoe.
It was a short-lived lead, however, as the Red Raiders' Raven Richardson led off with a home run in the bottom of the inning, and TTU went on to hold UNM in the top of the third frame and then put up seven runs off six hits in the bottom to make it 9-2 after three innings.
The Lobos made a small charge in the sixth inning as Jordan Sjostrand singled to left field, was advanced by a double through the left side by Carramusa and was driven in off a ground out to second base by Shenise Cox--the Lobos' second out. Cox's grounder also advanced Carramusa to third, and the junior was driven in off a single by Kerry Hodgins. UNM could only manage those two runs, however, as the next Lobo batter struck out looking.
Neither team scored the rest of the game--though TTU threatened, hitting two singles in the bottom of the sixth--game one ended, 9-4 in favor of the Raiders.
Game Two--Texas Tech 8, Lobos 5
New Mexico put up one run in the first and two runs in the third to claim an early 3-0 lead.
Stefanie Carramusa opened the game with a single to left field and moved to second as Shenise Cox was hit by the pitch and given first base. Kerry Hodgins followed with a sacrifice bunt down the third baseline, advancing both runners. Garcia then ripped a single to left, which drove in Carramusa. The next two batters flied out to left field, but the Lobos had a 1-0 lead.
In the top of the third with two outs and one runner on, Jessica Garcia hit her 8th homer of the season over the left field fence. The long ball added two more runs, making it 3-0 UNM after two and a half innings of play. The Lobos held off the Red Raiders in the bottom of the frame, but TTU made the most of its next at-bat.
Texas Tech batted through its lineup in the bottom of the fourth, recording seven runs off four hits. The first two Raiders doubled, recording one run. The next batter popped out to first base, but the next three TTU batters walked, scoring another run to make the score 3-2 and one out accounted for.
Batter no. 7, Holley Gentsch, hit a single to left field, scoring the tying run and leaving the bases loaded. Next up was the top of the order, and Texas Tech's center fielder, Mikey Kenney. The junior sent the ball over the left field fence for a grand slam--making it 7-3 Raiders. It was Kenny's eighth homer of the season and 27th of her career, which ties the career best in TTU record books.
New Mexico got the two outs it needed to close the inning, but another seven-run inning was quite a blow to the `Bos.
The Lobos put up two more runs in the sixth as the first three UNM batters reached - Hodgins off a single bunt to the pitcher, Garcia a single through the right side and Jessica Lujan-Dresslar a single to left field. The fourth batter struck out, but Danielle Castro followed with a single to left field, which brought in Hodgins. Jordyn Bledsoe followed Castro, reaching on a fielder's choice and scoring another run for UNM.
Before the inning's end, Jordan Sjostrand walked which loaded up the bases, but New Mexico couldn't capitalize as the final batter of the inning struck out.
Texas Tech added one more run in the bottom of the sixth to make it 8-5, and then held the Lobos in the top of the seventh to claim the victory and the sweep.