March 24, 2013
New Mexico freshman Lauren Soles struck out a program record 14 Saint batters, and the Lobos mounted a comeback to sweep the visiting Siena Saints (13-5; 5-2). Siena squandered two leads in the series to lose their third straight.
In the first contest, Siena (5-11) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first frame. Shannon Jones connected on an RBI single to open up the scoring. Megan Volz would reach on an error by the shortstop to give Siena their two run advantage.
The Saints would add three runs to that lead in the next stanza. Jones would add another RBI single and Alyssa Lancaster smashed a two RBI double to give the Saints their largest lead 5-0.
New Mexico (16-20), who finished last season in the top-100 in the nation in RPI, scored eight times in the second off of Jessika - Jo Sandrini. The Lobos would have seven hits in the inning, all singles to account for the scoring. With the score 5-3 and two outs in the inning, Mariah Rimmer notched an RBI single, which would be followed by a very rare three-run single off the bat of Naomi Tellez. New Mexico added another run scoring hit in the inning.
The Lobos would continue their scoring in each inning, to lead to the 13-5 mercy win. Four different Lobos had multiple hits games, while Tellez led the game with 4 RBIs. Siena allowed 14 hits in the game, but only one extra base hit.
The second game became more of a pitcher’s duel between Soles and Antonia Edwards. Despite striking out six batters in the first three innings, Soles trailed Siena after the fourth. In that inning, Siena scored both of their runs off of Lobo’s errors to gain the 2-1 advantage.
Stephanie Viggiano was the first Saint to score off a throwing error after reaching base with a double.
Siena would squander their second lead of the double header in the sixth. Edwards quickly retired the first two hitters but walked Karissa Haleman and allowed a game tying double to Mia Hignojos. Jordyn Bledsoe would single in what would be the game winning run, to complete the two out rally.
The Lobos added two insurance runs in the seventh, and the Saints were retired in order in the bottom half, two by the strikeout.
Sandrini and Viggiano added two hits in the loss. Jones scored a run. Edwards recorded her first career complete game and struck out five.
Siena continues their stay in the Land of Enchantment tomorrow as they take on New Mexico State at 6 p.m.