Albuquerque, N.M.- Central Michigan concluded the Lobo class with a 4-0 loss to New Mexico. Kara Dornbos dropped to 1-1 on the season, pitching 5.2 innings.
The Lobos (5-8) jumped up on the Chippewas (2-3) early, scoring three runs in the first inning. Mariah Rimmer singled to left on the first pitch. After stealing second, Rimmer advanced to third on a Kaity Ingram single. With a 0-1 count, Chelsea Anaya doubled to left center to score Rimmer and Ingram. Dornbos (1-1) walked New Mexico’s Cassandra Kalapsa, and then surrendered a single to Naomi Tellez. Jordyn Bledsoe closed the inning’s scoring with an RBI to score Kalapsa.
Dornbos gave up four hits and three runs in the first inning. The Lobos extended their lead to 4-0 with a solo home run to right-center field by Rimmer.
Central Michigan couldn’t hit New Mexico’s freshman pitcher Lauren Soles (2-2). She threw 5.0 innings and struck out six of the 16 Chippewa batters.
Lauren Smith represented the only Central Michigan base runner, getting hit by a pitch on a 1-0 count in the bottom of the third after Trista Cox popped up to short.
The teams agreed prior to the first pitch to call the game at 3:15 p.m. MT to allow the Chippewas to reach their flight back to Michigan.
Central Michigan will be back in action on Friday, March 1, in Clearwater, Fla. against Providence. The Chippewas will play 13 games over an eight-day span at the University of South Florida for the USF Under Armour Invitational.