No. 23 New Mexico Drops Rio Grande Rivalry Game, 8-6
March 14, 2012
Wednesday: NMSU 8, Lobos 6
Up Next: Lobos at Cal State Northridge
Saturday, March 17: 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., MT
Sunday, March 18: 1 p.m., MT
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Despite getting two-run homers from Jessica Garcia and Stefanie Carramusa, No. 23 New Mexico dropped its fourth-consecutive game at the hands of Rio Grande Rival, New Mexico State, 8-6 on Wednesday evening in Las Cruces.
The Lobos, now 17-6, fell behind, 3-2, after the first inning and couldn't recover. The Aggies improve to 17-12.
New Mexico State outhit UNM, 9-7, and played error-free ball while the Lobos had three miscues late in the contest that allowed for two unearned runs.
Kaela DeBroeck started in the circle, but was replaced by Carrie Sheehan after 1.2 innings. Sheehan faced 23 batters in 4.1 innings, allowing just three hits and two earned runs, but walking four. DeBroeck took the loss and is now 10-3. Neither Lobo pitcher had a strikeout on the evening.
The Aggies' Karysta Donisthorpe tossed 4.2 innings, striking out six Lobos and giving up five hits. The freshman got the win and improves to 5-1, while Alex Newman started and saved the game. It was Newman's third save this season.
Stefanie Carramusa was 1-for-2, hitting a two-run homer in the top of the seventh inning to bring the Lobos to within two runs of the Aggies. Carramusa has hit 10 home runs this season and she and Shenise Cox lead the Lobo squad in long balls.
Jessica Garcia went 2-for-4 including her ninth homer of the season--a two-run shot hit over left field in the top of the first inning that gave the Lobos a short-lived, 2-0 lead.
First baseman Jordan Sjostrand went 2-for-3, recording an RIB double to right center in the second inning. The sophomore's other hit was a single down the left field line in the top of the seventh.
New Mexico will have another chance at the Aggies as NMSU travels to Albuquerque on Wendesday, April 10.
The Lobos travel to Cal State Northridge for a three-game series this weekend. New Mexico and the Matadors will play at doubleheader on Saturday, March 17 with the first game scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. MT. The teams will play one game on Sunday starting at 1 p.m. MT.
New Mexico State 8, Lobos 6
That 2-0 lead quickly dissolved in the bottom of the inning as the Aggies nearly hit through their lineup and used four hits to put up three runs.
The Lobos scored one run in the top of the second inning to tie the game at 3 runs apiece. Jordyn Bledsoe was hit by a pitch with two outs and then Jordan Sjostrand drove her in with a double to right center.
The Aggies reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the inning, adding one run to make it 4-3. The first two NMSU batters flied out to right and center, but the Aggie's third batter--Kristi Covarrubia--doubled to left center and crossed home off a singled to left field by Tiare Jennings.
Neither teams scored in the third or fourth innings. In the fifth, Carramusa led off with a walk, was advanced by a sacrifice bunt by Shenise Cox and advanced to third on a wild pitch, but the next two Lobo batters struck out and flied out, respectively.
In the bottom of the inning, NMSU capitalized on two Lobo errors to score one unearned run, making the score 5-3.
Chelsea Anaya was the first Lobo to reach in the top of the sixth, hitting a double to center field. She advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a ground out to the short stop by Danielle Castro.
UNM committed another error in the bottom of the sixth, allowing Tehani Kaaihue to reach. The next Aggie batter walked and then Staci Rodriguez hit a home run to make it 8-4 in favor of NMSU.
The Lobos batted through their lineup in the seventh, managing a two-run homer by Carramusa to pull New Mexico within two runs--but UNM left three batters stranded, ending the inning and the game with a fly-out to center field and a strikeout.