Timely Hits Evade Lobos in 3-2 loss to Colorado State

May 9, 2013

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New Mexico Lobos Softball - Mountain West Series -- at Lobo Field

Who: Lobos vs. Colorado State
Thursday, May 9: Colorado State def. Lobos, 3-2
Friday, May 10: 6 p.m. - Youth Night, GameTracker | Live Streaming
Saturday, May 11: 1 p.m. - Senior Day, GameTracker | Live Streaming

Game 54 - Colorado State 3, New Mexico 2 Get Acrobat Reader

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The University of New Mexico Lobos softball team got plenty of hits Thursday night in its Mountain West series opener with Colorado State, they just didn't get enough timely hits.

UNM outhit the Rams, 10-7, but got just one timely hit of the evening -- a two-out, two-run homer by freshman catcher Naomi Tellez in the bottom of the seventh -- and dropped a 3-2 decision to CSU.

The Lobos fall to 21-33 overall and 3-13 in MW play while Colorado State improves to 23-24 overall and 9-7 in league contests.

"Timely hitting is the name of the game," head coach Erica Beach said. "Colorado State was able to get those hits with runners in scoring position and unfortunately we started most of our rallies with two outs, so we didn't give ourselves much room.

"Naomi came up big for us at the end and gave us a huge morale boost. Hopefully that can lead us into tomorrow's game."

Tellez's long ball was her fourth of the season and her only hit of the evening.

Sophomore Mia Hignojos went 3-for-3 in the contest while senior Kari Gutierrez went 2-for-3 and freshman Mariah Rimmer went 2-for-4.

"We're doing a good job of getting on base and we executed better today -- moving runners, but we need that one person to step up for us and get a clutch hit in a timely situation," Beach said.

In the fourth, sixth and seventh frame the Lobos got back-to-back hits followed by a strikeout.

"Anyone can do it," Beach added. "Mia Hignojos had a fantastic day, but she was usually the one leading things off. We need someone to come up with runners in place and step up for us."

The Rams used four hits in the third inning -- including back-to-back doubles -- to put up two runs to claim a 2-0 lead. CSU struck again in the fifth inning when its leadoff hit a double to right field and was driven in a few batters later on a single through the left side.

New Mexico didn't strike back until the top of the seventh when senior Sheryl Guillermo led off with a bloop single just out of reach of the Rams' shortstop and was driven in two outs later by Tellez's homer over the center-field fence.

Senior Kaela DeBroeck pitched the 40th complete game of her career. In 32 batters faced, she scattered seven hits adn allowed three runs while walking five and striking out five. DeBroeck's record is 7-12.

Winning pitcher was Kacie McCarthy. The senior threw 5 2/3 innings and gave up eight hits and no runs. She walked two and struck out five en route to improving her record to 18-12. Sophomore Molly Randle came on in relief and threw the final 1 1/3 innings. She gave up two hits and two earned runs while walking none and striking out two. Randle earned her second save of the season.

The Lobos host the Rams at 6 p.m. MT on Friday for Youth Night. All attendees aged 2-18 get a $3 ticket. The first 150 fans to enter Lobo Field get a free Dairy Queen Dilly Bar and the first 250 fans get a free Southwest Dairy Farmers drawstring backpack. There will also be an in-game raffle and a number of other prizes given away.