Big Blasts by CSU Prove Costly for the Lobos
May 10, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The University of New Mexico softball team had the advantage in the hits column against Mountain West foe Colorado State on Friday night, but the Lobos lacked timely hits while the Rams had plenty and took an 11-5 contest from UNM.
The Lobos drop to 21-34 overall and 3-14 in MW play while the Rams move to an even 24-24 overall and 10-7 in league play.
The Cherry and Silver pounded out 13 hits, the most New Mexico has had in conference play this year. The Rams had 12 hits, but three of those hits were multi-run home runs -- timely hits. The Rams took a 4-0 lead after the first half inning and never let up.
The Lobos had a runner make it at least as far as second base in each frame except the seventh and left a total of nine runners left on base.
"We just need to take advantage of those moments," Beach added.
Rimmer went a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate and scored two runs while Tellez went 2-for-4, scored one run and drove in four.
Freshman Lauren Soles got the start and takes the loss, dropping to 9-15. Soles faced three batters and allowed one hit while giving up two runs, one of which was earned.
Senior Kari Gutierrez moved from the designated player position into relief pitcher and tossed the final 6 2/3 innings. Gutierrez faced 35 batters and allowed 11 hits and nine runs. She walked three and struck out four.
Winning pitcher was Kailey Snyder who improved to 1-4. She allowed 13 hits and five runs while walking one and striking out five.
The Lobos host the Rams at 1 p.m. MT on Saturday afternoon. It is the final home game of 2013 for UNM and the squad will honor its seniors: Kaela DeBroeck, Kaity Ingram, Sheryl Guillermo, Kari Gutierrez, Cassandra Kalapsa and Amber Tracy; along with redshirt junior Jordyn Bledsoe. Bledsoe sustained her fourth ACL tear in April which ended her career.
"Kaela is going to pitcher her final game as a Lobo tomorrow and I know that means a lot to her and she is fired up for it," Beach said. "The seniors are going to be on a mission and we'll definitely compete."
Colorado State 11, Lobos 5
Friday night's game got off to a bit of a rough start for the Lobos defensively as a miscue by UNM allowed the first run to score. Soles was called for three illegal pitches within the first three batters faced which brought in another run for the Rams. Gutierrez came on in relief after 1/3 of an inning, but CSU catcher Emily Pohl hit a two-run homer to put the Lobos in a 4-0 hole by the end of the first half inning.
The Rams got another two-run long ball in the third inning to increase their lead to 6-0, and strung together two hits in the fourth frame to lead 7-0.
The Lobos struck in the fifth as Rimmer led off with a triple to right center and was driven in off a single to right center by Tellez. UNM's defense held up in the sixth despite Colorado State getting back-to-back lead off singles and then the Lobos had a little rally of their own in the bottom of the inning.
With two outs away, senior Kaity Ingram hit a single to left field and advanced on a single by Rimmer through the left side. Both runners were driven in as Tellez launched a 1-0 pitch over the left-field fence and brought the Lobos to within two runs of CSU, 7-5.
It was the second time in as many days the rookie hit a two-out, two-run dinger.
"I was really pleased with how we fought back. Even when the score was 7-1 we didn't let it affect us and we kept fighting," Beach said.
But the top of the seventh yielded yet another costly homer by the Rams' Pohl -- this time a three-run long ball over the center-field fence. A walk, another Lobo error and a single up the middle added another run for the visitors and moved the score to 11-5.
It was three-up, three-down by UNM in the bottom of the seventh and the Rams secured the win and the series.