Lobo Softball Wins Two at CSUN to Improve to 24-10
April 8, 2012
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -The University of New Mexico softball team improved to 24-10 on Sunday with two wins over Cal State Northridge. The Lobos took game one of the doubleheader, 5-1 and the second by a score of 12-10.
New Mexico returns to Lobo Field on Tuesday, April 10 for their first home game in over a month. The Lobos and Rio Grande Rival New Mexico State will play one game starting at 4:30 p.m. MT. UNM and the Aggies have already played once this season---a midweek contest on March 14 in Las Cruces. It was a hard fought contest that ended in an 8-6 Aggie victory.
Lobos 5, Cal State Northridge 1
The first game on Sunday was a relatively comfortable one for the Cherry and Silver. New Mexico led 5-0 after five and a half innings, having scored one run in the first inning thanks to a leadoff homer by Stefanie Carramusa. The junior has 15 on the season and 31 in her career. UNM put up another run in the third as Shenise Cox was hit by a pitch and then stole second. The senior was advanced to third off a ground out by Chelsea Anaya and then reached home when Jessica Garcia reached on a third-strike dropped ball.
In the bottom of the fifth, CSUN strung together four hits to score one run, making it 5-1 going into the sixth.
The Lobos had runners reach in both the sixth and seventh innings, but couldn't drive in any more runs. UNM held off the lone Matador runner in the seventh to make it 5-1 final.
Lobos 12, Cal State Northridge 10
The second game was more of a challenge for New Mexico as Cal State Northridge jumped to a 3-0 lead after the first inning and built a 6-3 lead going into the fourth inning.
That's when the Lobo bats came to life, pounding out six hits to score as many runs and claim the lead at 9-6. New Mexico added two runs in the fifth and another in the seventh to make it 12-6 with a half an inning to go. The Matadors rallied in the bottom of the final frame and threatened extra innings, scoring four runs off three hits and two Lobo miscues. UNM put an end to the rally and the game, making it a 12-10 final.
Seniors Shenise Cox, Jessica Lujan-Dresslar and Garcia each hit a homer in the second game. It was the second of the day for Garcia, bringing her season total to 14 while Cox's total is now 12 and Lujan-Dresslar's is six.
Sheehan got the start in game one. The freshman faced 18 batters, striking out one and walking none while scattering five hits and allowing one earned run in 4.1 innings pitched. Junior Kaela DeBroeck came in for the final 2.2 innings, striking out two batters, giving up just one hit and not allowing any runs to earn the save.
DeBroeck started the second game, but was relieved by Kari Gutierrez after one inning. Gutierrez faced 32 batters in six innings pitched. The junior gave up nine hits, five earned runs, three walks and struck out one.
Senior Jessica Garcia drove in a team-high five runs in Sunday's doubleheader of two home runs.
Senior Danielle Castro had two doubles on the day, going 3-for-7. Castro drove in two runs and crossed the plate twice.