After a disappointing week at home, in which New Mexico was swept by UNLV, the Lobos will look to turn things around on the road this week against Boise State.
Reminiscent of Friday night’s late game collapse, UNM once again blew a late lead Saturday afternoon. This time, the Lobos blew a two-run advantage in the seventh inning, and ended up falling to UNLV 7-6.
New Mexico is back at home this weekend to take on the struggling UNLV Lady Rebels, after winning both games during last Friday’s doubleheader at Colorado State. UNLV (20-24, 4-11) has lost all four of their series’ in Mountain West play and currently sits in last place in the standings. Nonetheless,UNM is treating the visiting squad like any other. “We respect them a lot and know we have to come out this weekend with intensity and focus,” said head coach Erica Beach on the upcoming series.
Due to inclement weather, New Mexico cut its trip to Colorado State short, but not before winning both games in a doubleheader with Colorado State on Friday. UNM won game one of the doubleheader 14-3 and game two by a 7-6 count. The Friday sweep improved UNM to 20-17 on the season and 5-6 in Mountain West play.
An already underwhelming weekend came to an even more disappointing end, as New Mexico was blown out 11-1 by the mercy rule in five innings, completing a sweep by No. 23 Fresno State on Sunday. Things did not go well for the Lobos all afternoon, as UNM gave up at least one run in all five innings and switched pitchers three times. “We made way too many mistakes pitching. We made way too many lazy mistakes on defense today that ended up costing us,” head coach Erica Beach said.
An early lead was not enough for New Mexico in game two against No. 23 Fresno State on Saturday as the Lobos fell to Fresno State 2-1. Despite being up 2-1 heading into the sixth, UNM was unable to hold the slim lead, dropping the series against the Bulldogs.
New Mexico’s offense plated five runs, but the pitching staff couldn’t hold No. 23 Fresno State in an 11-5 loss in the series opener on Saturday night. The Bulldogs sent out its star pitcher Jill Compton (14-4, 2.66 ERA), but the Lobos found success early on at the plate against her. However, poor pitching of their own, as well as some defensive miscues, would lead to the loss for UNM.
New Mexico returns home, but will be challenged with a nationally ranked opponent as Fresno State comes into town. After losing a series on the road to the Nevada last weekend, the Lobos will play host to No. 23 Fresno State (24-9-, 6-0 MW) on Friday for the start of a three game home stand.
New Mexico ended its weekend series with Nevada on a high note avoiding a three game sweep by winning Sunday’s contest 3-2. After being shut-out on Saturday and only scoring a run on Friday, the Lobos were finally able to get things going at the plate with a late rally against the Wolf Pack.
After Friday’s 5-1 loss to Nevada, New Mexico looked to bounce back on Saturday afternoon in Reno and even their weekend series with the Wolf Pack. However, the narrative remained the same as the Lobos were shut-out 4-0, falling to 17-14 on the season (2-3 MW).
The New Mexico softball team finished its conference-opening weekend series with the Utah State Aggies on Saturday by shutting them out 4-0. The Lobos claimed two games out of three and won their second consecutive game, improving to 17-12 on the season and 2-1 in Mountain West Conference play. UNM fell to the Aggies 7-4 in the first game Thursday, but then took the second game 13-6 on Friday. Starting pitcher Krissy Fortner was the story of the game on Saturday. She went all seven innings, allowing just three hits and no earned runs in her second start of the season.
New Mexico’s Softball team opened up Mountain West play Thursday night, as the team hosted Utah State in a 7-4 loss. The Aggies opened up the scoreboard in the top of the 1st inning, scoring 2 runs off 4 hits and giving Lobos starting pitcher, Colette Robert trouble early on.
Staff Report Despite picking up its biggest wins of the season at the Cal State Fullerton tournament, the New Mexico softball team capped the weekend with only two wins in five games. Opening the tournament on Friday, the Lobos (15-11) lost its first two games in Fullerton, California with a 4-3 10-inning setback to Arkansas then a 6-1 decision to Alabama.
The New Mexico softball team improved to 13-8 on the season with a doubleheader sweep over UTEP Tuesday in El Paso, Texas. The Lobos jumped ahead early in the first game behind a six-run opening inning that included three straight hits.
So much for the New Mexico softball team needing come-from-behind victories this weekend. The Lobos offense struck early in its home-opening series and held leads to the end. Previously this season, the Lobos had allowed their opponents the first run in 12 games, but UNM scored first in all three of its games against Northern Colorado Saturday and Sunday, resulting in a sweep over the Bears. The Lobos’ offensive output led to final scores of 7-3, 8-3 and 10-1.
The New Mexico softball team captured two wins in a home-opening doubleheader against Northern Colorado on Saturday afternoon. The Lobos (10-7) struck first in both games, resulting in a 7-3 victory in Game One and a 8-3 win in the second contest.
After three straight out-of-state tournaments, the New Mexico softball team gets its first taste of home competition this weekend. The Lobos (8-7) host Northern Colorado for its home opener after playing in events in Arizona and California to open the season. Saturday’s doubleheader begins at 1 p.m. with one more game in the series Sunday at 10 a.m.
When Erica Beach needed two assistants to fill her softball coaching staff, she turned to two local products. One played for her during Beach’s early days at New Mexico. The other had a stellar prep career at a metro area high school.
New Mexico came out of the UC Davis Tournament one game above .500 as the team prepares for its first home games of the 2016 campaign. The Lobos were able to take game one in the tourney, defeating South Dakota (1-14) by a 3-2 score on Friday night. Starting pitcher Lauren Soles did not receive much backup from her offense, but the Lobos escaped Friday night’s affair with a victory, scoring two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to give Krissy Fortner, who came in for relief, her first win in the circle.