Stevens: Lobos Get Three Homers, But Drop Two Game in Austin
March 31, 2012
New Mexico Lobos Softball - In Austin, Texas
Saturday: Texas 7, Lobos 3; Tulsa 2, Lobos 1
Friday: Texas 2, New Mexico 1
Sunday: Noon (MT) Lobos at Texas
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By Richard Stevens - Senior Writer/GoLobos.com
The long ball continued to befriend the New Mexico Lobos Saturday in Austin, Texas, as the Lobos blasted three home runs. However, another friend went to the side of the enemy which proved to be disastrous for the Lobos on the scoreboard.
The late-inning heroics that favored UNM through most of the season turned traitorous on Texas soil. The Lobos twice carried the lead into the bottom of the sixth inning before losing 7-3 to No. 6 Texas and losing 2-1 to Tulsa as those two teams rallied from behind to grab the wins.
The Lobos were working on a 1-0 shutout in the second game Saturday before Tulsa scored a single run in the bottom of the sixth and added the winning run in the bottom of the seventh.
The Lobos were up 3-2 against Texas going into the bottom of the sixth before the powerful Longhorns exploded for five runs to roll to their 7-3 win. The losses dropped the No. 25 Lobos to 22-9 on the season.
The loss to Tulsa might have stung more as UNM leaned on the pitching of Carrie Sheehan and solid defense to hold a very good Tulsa team to no runs over the first five innings. However, New Mexico wasn't exactly killing the ball up and finished with only three hits. Stefanie Carramusa's 14th home run of the season plated a lone run for the Lobos in the top of the sixth.
Tulsa tied the game in the bottom of the sixth on three hits aided by a walk. The Lobos got a huge out in that frame when the bases were loaded and Tulsa drilled a grounder to the right side. UNM went home for the force out. Tulsa stranded three runners after loading the bases with no outs.
The Lobos failed to score in the seventh, going down one-two-three. Tulsa ended it quickly with a walk followed by a double down the left field line. The Lobos' other two hits in that game came from Shenise Cox and Chelsea Anaya.
Tulsa outhit the Lobos 9-to-3 and got an outstanding effort on the pitching plate from Aimee Creger, who struck out 15 Lobos while giving up a single walk. Sheehan struck out four and walked six for UNM.
The Lobos jumped on Texas for two runs in the top of the first which the Longhorns matched in the bottom of that frame. UNM went up 3-2 in the sixth before Texas hammered across its five runs in the bottom of the sixth.
The Lobos used the long ball in the first inning to grab the lead. UNM's Chelsea Anaya and Jessica Garcia shocked Texas with back-to-back bombs. Texas got a home run from Taylor Hoagland to make it 2-1. Texas tied the game at 2-all as Brejae Washington doubled and advanced to third on a wild pitch where she scored on a sacrifice fly.
The Lobos had a chance for a big sixth inning when Cox and Anaya walked and Garcia singled to center. The Lobos managed to score Cox, but produced no more hits in that inning and had to settle for the 3-2 lead.
The Longhorns scored their five runs in the sixth off of four hits, a wild pitch , two walks and a UNM error at short. Kaela DeBroeck picked up the loss for UNM. The Lobos had six hits off Longhorn Kim Bruin. Texas got only six hits off DeBroeck and two off Kari Gutierrez, who came in to relieve DeBroeck in the sixth.
The Lobos conclude their visit to Austin with a noon (MT) game against Texas on Sunday.