Lobos Drop 6-4 Decision to Nevada
April 20, 2013
New Mexico Lobo Softball - Mountain West Action - At Lobo Field
Friday: Nevada 9, New Mexico Lobos 6
Saturday: Nevada 6, New Mexico Lobos 4
Sunday: Lobos host Nevada, 1 p.m. MT
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The University of New Mexico suffered a 6-4 loss to Nevada on Saturday night in Mountain West softball action at Lobo Field.
The Wolf Pack secured the series win with the victory while dropping UNM to 19-28 overall and 3-8 in league play and improving to 27-19 overall and 6-5 in MW action.
The teams conclude the three-game series tomorrow at 1 p.m. MT.
The Lobos out hit Nevada (9-8) and were able to get runners on in every inning, but lacked timely hits. UNM left six runners stranded -- of the seven strikeouts recorded by Nevada's Karlyn Jones, six were of the looking variety. Of those six, three were for the third out of the inning with at least one Lobo left on base.
"We need to be tougher on offense with runners in scoring position," head coach Erica Beach said."We watched way too many third strikes this game, and I don't know if it was because we were expecting a different pitch and then got caught off guard or if the pressure got to us. It's something that is uncharacteristic for us and we need to make sure we're staying aggressive throughout the whole at-bat no matter the count.
"That's something we'll have to focus on tomorrow."
Freshman Lauren Soles started in circle for New Mexico and held Nevada without a hit through the first two frames. The lefty scattered eight hits and allowed six earned runs. Soles walked two and struck out three. Her overall mark drops to 8-13.
"Lauren threw a good game and didn't give up any hard hits until later in the game," Beach said. "She threw great pitches and got the to mishit the ball, but they were able to still get on with those hits.
"It was a good job on their part as far as just getting the job done, but Lauren threw well. She's fighting an injury (ankle sprain) and she really toughed it out for us tonight. Unfortunately, they found holes."
Nevada's Jones improves to 15-8. In seven innings pitched, she allowed nine hits and four earned runs while walking just one and striking out seven.
Naomi Tellez, Cassandra Kalapsa and Kari Gutierrez each recorded a home run in the game making it the first time this season the Lobos have had more than two long balls in a game. The last time UNM recorded more than a pair of homers was May 10, 2012 at Colorado State.
Senior Kaity Ingram was a perfect 4-for-4, accounting for almost half of New Mexico's hits. Ingram had three singles and a double.
In addition to her homer, freshman catcher Tellez also hit a double to lead of the sixth inning.
The Wolf Pack got two hits each from Karley Hopkins, Erin Jones and Lauren Lastrapes, while Jasmine Jenks and Megan Fincher added one hit apiece.
Nevada 6, Lobos 4
Three hits yielded three runs in the third for Nevada. The Wolf Pack hadn't even reached base until Lastrapes led off the top of frame three with a single up the middle, sparking the three-run inning and giving the visitors a 3-0 advantage.
The Lobos responded in the fourth as Tellez led off the bottom of the inning with an inside-the-park homer. Her high fly ball was carried by the wind to the very corner of right, sending Nevada's rightfielder on a wild goose chase. Tellez was able to beat out the throw to home and give New Mexico its first run of the game.
UNM doubled its score as Kalapsa succeeded Tellez with another longball, this one soaring over the left-field fence and following four innings of play, the Lobos were within one run of Nevada, 3-2.
In the sixth, the Wolf Pack doubled its lead by again using three hits to score three runs and move the mark to 6-2.
Tellez led off the bottom of the frame with a double to right field and then senior Sheryl Guillermo came in to pinch run for the Lobos' catcher. A batter later, Gutierrez sent a ball soaring over the scoreboard and fence in left field to add two runs for the home team and bring the Lobos to within two runs, 6-4.
New Mexico used a double play in the top of the seventh to get out of the inning and leave one Wolf Pack runner stranded.
Two fly outs to center field started the bottom of the final frame. Ingram recorded a single, hitting a blooper to Nevada's second baseman,and moved to second as freshman Mariah Rimmer drew a walk. Both runners were left stranded, however, as the next UNM batter was caught looking on the third strike.