Thursday, March 15, 2012

No. 23/24 Lobos lose 4th consecutive game

New Mexico, which just moved into the ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25 poll this week, may find its stay in the national rankings short-lived.

The Lobos, No. 24 by ESPN and No. 23 by USA Today/NFCA, lost their fourth consecutive game -- all against unranked opponents -- Wednesday, falling to New Mexico State 8-6 in Las Cruces.  It was the third loss of the week for New Mexico, which was swept by Texas Tech Monday.

The problem for New Mexico of late has been pitching and the Lobos struggled again Wednesday.  Five of the nine hits allowed by UNM to the Aggies went for extra bases.  New Mexico State had at least one double in each of the first four innings against Lobo pitcher Kaela DeBroeck and Carrie Sheehan.  Staci Rodriguez's 3-run home run in the sixth put the game away for New Mexico State.

The Lobos are allowing an average of more than eight runs per game over their past six contests.  New Mexico State's 8-run uprising means UNM has now given up a total of 50 runs in just the past six games.  After beginning the season with a 13-1 record, the Lobos have fallen on hard times, going 4-5 in their past nine games overall.

All six of New Mexico's losses this season have come to unranked teams.