In the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, the Lobos were able to get the best of Colorado State ace Bridgette Hutton. In Sunday’s series finale, Hutton returned the favor in a 12-4, five inning run rule win. The Rams wasted no time getting scoring started, recording a four run, four hit first inning that was highlighted by a 2 run Haley Donaldson home run that opened the scoring. In the second, the Rams were able to add five more runs to their tally, driving in their fifth run after Jensen Main issued a bases loaded walk to Amber Nelson. The sixth run came across on a fielder's choice hit to shortstop Cameron O'Grady that she was unable to handle while attempting to get the lead runner, resulting in an error and a run scoring. A ground out from Danni Klein brought another run in before Hannah McCorkhill hit a single to center field that brought the other two runs in the inning across, giving Colorado State a 9-0 lead heading into the third inning.
After a Friday snowstorm postponed the University of New Mexico softball team’s series opener against Colorado State, the Lobos had to wait until Saturday’s doubleheader to get their first crack at that Rams. The Lobos were able to take the first game 5-3 in ten innings before the Rams answered back with an 8-0 victory in six innings. Game one Jensen Main got the start in the circle for the Lobos in game one, facing off against Colorado State ace Bridgette Hutton.
The University of New Mexico softball team will look to build off of its first win over rival New Mexico State since 2014 as they hit the road to take on the Colorado State Rams in Fort Collins, Colorado in a three-game set scheduled to begin on Friday at 4 p.m. Due to weather concerns in Fort Collins, including an 80 percent chance of snow, the Friday game is in doubt. The Lobos’ head coach Paula Congleton said she is preparing her team for the possibility of playing a doubleheader on Saturday.
In four years on the New Mexico softball team, seniors Krissy Fortner and Chelsea Johnson had never experienced a win over rival New Mexico State. That changed on Tuesday with a 13-4, mercy rule win over the Aggies in Las Cruces. The last time the Lobos beat the Aggies in March of 2014, Johnson was finishing her senior year at Riverside Poly High School in Riverside, California. Fortner, a Farmington native, was enrolled at UNM but not yet a member of the softball team.
First, they recorded their first win over Fresno State in four years. Now, the Lobos (10-26) have done the same to in-state rival New Mexico State (18-15) with a 13-4 victory in six innings over the Aggies on Tuesday night in Las Cruces. The victory gave New Mexico its first win over the Aggies since a 4-3 win on March 19, 2014. None of the players currently on the roster for New Mexico were members of that team. The Lobos wasted no time getting the scoring started, as lead-off hitter Cameryn O’Grady started the game off with a blunt single before coming around to score on a double from D'Andra DeFlora. Andrea Howard followed DeFlora with a two-run home run to right field to give the Lobos the 3-0 heading to the bottom of the second.
The two teams squared off on March 21 in Albuquerque, with the Aggies taking the win by a score of 12-7. The Aggies are coming off of a three game series sweep of the University of Missouri Kansas City, and currently hold a record of 18-14 and have won six straight games, a streak that began with their win over the Lobos. The Lobos are coming off of a weekend series against Fresno State in which they lost two of the three games, including being no-hit on Saturday in the series finale. UNM is 9-26 on the season so far. For Lobos head coach Paula Congleton, this is a big opportunity to help bring some life back into a rivalry that she says has been lost.
A strong start by the New Mexico softball team wasn’t enough for the Lobos as they fell in five innings to Fresno State in game two of a three game set on Friday night at the Lobo Softball Field. Freshman Alexis Ruel got the start for the Lobos in the game, and cruised through the first two innings, cutting down six straight Bulldogs to start the game. Offensively, the Lobos were off to a quick start, as Sydney Townes walked to lead off the game and was eventually brought home from second via a single from Chelsea Johnson to give the Lobos a 1-0 lead.
Behind a strong first six innings from Jensen Main and a walk off double from Monica Salas, the University of New Mexico Softball team was able to secure its first win over the Fresno State Bulldogs since 2014, 4-3. “Main kind of kept them off balance, she was working hard,” head coach Paula Congleton said. “She gave up some walks which we will work on, she knows that. The big hitters, she stifled them tonight. They’ve got some great hitters, they’re doing quite well in the Mountain West. She did do a very nice job today for us.” The Lobos struck first in the second inning, as walks from Kasey Halleen and Aleyah Wilbon set the Lobos up with runners on the corners for Cameryn O’Grady, who doubled to drive in both runs. O’Grady advanced to third on a wild pitch, but Sydney Townes was unable to bring her in to score, as Townes struck out to end the inning.
The University of New Mexico softball team will look to get back in the win column when it continues conference play on Thursday, hosting a three-game slate against the Fresno State Bulldogs. New Mexico (8-24, 2-4 MW) has had a rough go of things early on in the season as the team logged a lot of miles over the first month of play, competing away from home in four tournaments in four different states. UNM picked up just three wins over those first 20 games, but seemed to find a groove when it finally got the opportunity to host the Lobo Classic, winning three of the five games played there. The team also looked pretty good in the pair of losses, making things competitive right to the end.
Wednesday night was an emotional one for new University of New Mexico softball coach Paula Congleton, as she participated in her first Rio Grande Rivalry matchup since her playing days at UNM ended in 1983. The Lobos were unable to deliver a win in the matchup, as New Mexico State used a four-run fourth and a seven-run sixth to claim a 12-7 victory over the Lobos, but that didn’t detract from what the night meant to her or what her new job means to her.
For the University of New Mexico softball team (2-11), Saturday’s game started off differently. With a lead. However, it wasn’t meant to be for the Lobos on the second day of the UC Riverside Classic, as the Lobos fell to Montana (2-10), as the Grizzlies used a three run sixth inning to take a lead they would hold until the final out
The University of New Mexico Softball team (2-10) dropped their opening two games of the UC-Riverside classic, losing to George Washington in the opener by a score of 8-3, as well as a mercy rule loss to the hosts by a score of 9-1 in six innings. In the first game, Alexis Ruel got the start for the Lobos opposite Sierra Lange, but the Colonials got to Ruel immediately, driving her from the game before she had recorded an out, giving up five runs on four hits and a walk before she was pulled from the game. She was relieved by Krissy Fortner, who was able to give the Lobos seven innings of work, allowing seven hits and three runs, only two of which were earned, walking two and striking out four.
The University of New Mexico Softball team spends the third weekend of the season at the UC Riverside Classic and will play five games from Friday to Sunday. So far this season, the Lobos are 2-8, with four of their eight losses coming against ranked opponents by a combined score of 52-2. The Lobos have scored only 15 runs in 10 games this year as the offense has struggled to get going. Chelsea Johnson is leading the way with six hits so far this season. The Lobos open the weekend against George Washington University in the first of two meetings on Friday morning at 9 a.m. The two teams will meet again on Sunday morning. The Colonials (3-2) began their season last weekend at the Diamond 9 Citrus Blossom Classic in Florida.
The University of New Mexico softball team opens the season Friday morning at 9:15 a.m. against No. 15/16 University of Utah and at 11:45 a.m. against Saint Mary’s College of California in the first two games of Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Arizona. The Classic will feature 28 teams with the Lobos playing a total of five games over three days. On Saturday, the Lobos will face off against Oklahoma State at 7:30 p.m.. Challenging games against No. 3 Oregon and No. 7 Arizona at 11:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday will wrap up the weekend. Friday marks new coach Paula Congleton’s first game in charge of her alma mater after taking over for Erika Beach last June. Congleton came to UNM from Santa Barbara Community College, where she went 354-322 in 19 years. She was a three time All-American at first base during her playing career at New Mexico.
New Mexico’s softball season ended on a sour note, being swept in the final three games of the 2016 campaign. The Lobos were within spitting distance of finishing .500, but after dropping seven of the team’s last eight contests, those aspirations were squashed.
It didn’t take San Jose State the full seven innings to take the series from New Mexico on Saturday night. UNM was run-ruled in the sixth inning when the Spartans took a lead greater than eight in the bottom of the sixth inning. San Jose State walked away with a 9-0 victory in its final series of the year.
New Mexico will look to build off Sunday’s walk-off win, in addition to ending the season on a high-note. This will not be an easy task when hitting the road to San Jose State this weekend. The Spartans possess big time hitters and strong pitching and currently sit second in the Mountain West with a 14-7 conference record.
Senior Lisa Rodrigues waved good-bye to the Lobo faithful by trotting the bases with a walk-off homerun to beat SDSU 3-2 on Sunday. The Lobos improved to 23-24 (8-12 MW) on the season, snapping a four-game skid in addition to bringing a halt to the squad’s nine-game losing streak at home.
UNM's pitching was much better than Friday night's 23-4 blowout, but it wasn't enough as the Lobos couldn't get the offense going in its 2-1 loss to SDSU on Saturday afternoon. UNM has now dropped its past four games, along with nine straight at home. The final game is set for Sunday at noon. This is a developing story.
New Mexico stumbled out of the gates on Friday night in their series opener against San Diego State. The stumble led to a nightmare game for the Lobos who were blown out 23-4 against the Aztecs.