Lobos Use Big First Inning To Get Past Rebels
May 5, 2012
ALBUQUERQUE (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV Rebels (20-25, 1-7 Mountain West) and New Mexico Lobos (27-21, 2-6 MW) combined to tally 31 hits and 20 runs in their game Saturday evening at the Lobo Softball Field in Albuquerque. UNM, aided by a six-run first inning, won the contest by a final score of 13-7. The teams scored seven runs apiece over the final 3.5 frames of the contest.
The Lobos got going early with six runs off of eight hits in the opening stanza. Shenise Cox and Chelsea Anaya got back-to-back one-out singles before they came around to score on a two-run double to by Jessica Garcia. After UNLV recorded the second out, the Lobos then got five straight hits, four of which plated a run, to push the lead to six.
The Rebels left three runners on between the second and third innings before Heather Harrison cranked a three-run home run deep into the left-field bleachers. Tayler Van Acker and Jaexie Balilea scored on the bases-clearing hit after initially reaching off a fielder's choice and a single, respectively.
The Lobos countered with two runs in both the fourth and fifth frames. They loaded the bases off three singles before Sheryl Guillermo connected on a run-scoring infield single. Cox scored the first run, while Anaya came home after an errant throw from Harrison at home plate to third base.
Cox factored in the scoring again, this time in the seventh. She blasted a two-run homer to left that scored Stefanie Carramusa from second.
UNM scored twice in the seventh with help from a solo homer from Garcia and a double by Jessica Lujan-Dresslar, who moved 60 feet at a time after two wild pitches.
Kari Gutierrez (6-8) picked up the win in 5.1 innings of work for UNM. Gutierrez allowed seven runs (six earned) off of 10 hits, while walking three against two strikeouts.
Carrie Sheehan earned her second save of the year with two shutout innings of relief. Sheehan was touched for only one hit besides walking one and fanning one.
Jessica O'Connor (6-8) picked up the loss for UNLV. O'Connor was not able to get out of the first inning after getting two outs - strikeouts, but allowing six runs off eight hits.
Notes: With Saturday's 11-hit effort, UNLV has hit double digits in hits eight times this season ... UNLV has scored at least seven runs in nine games this season ... Saturday's game was only the second occasion this season that UNLV has lost when scoring six-to-nine runs in a game; they are 10-2 overall.
The two teams meet again Sunday with the first pitch scheduled for 1:00 pm MT/noon PT.