April 7, 2006
University of New Mexico head coach Kim Newbern will have to wait another day for her 300th career win as the Lobos dropped both games of a double-header at San Diego State today. UNM (19-17, 0-4 MWC) has lost four straight to open MWC play while the Aztecs improve to 19-8, 4-0 MWC.
The Lobos dropped the first game of the day, despite out-hitting the Aztecs 8-2. Freshman Jill Mendenhall gave up eight walks over six innings, leading to just two earned runs in the game. However, two untimely errors allowed SDSU to plate two runs each in the second and fourth innings.
Senior Ryanne Hodgins and senior Cassie Chavez led the Lobos with two hits each. Freshman Samantha Hughes' RBI single in the seventh was UNM's only run of the first game. The Lobos had two on and one out following Hughes' hit, but Chavez lined into a double play that ended the game.
The Lobos got on the board early in the second game, scoring one run in the top half of the first inning when freshman Analise Rubalcava singled home Chavez. UNM tacked on another run in the third when Chavez homered over the left field wall. It was Chavez's fourth home run of the season and the 23rd of her career, third most all-time at UNM.
The Aztecs evened the game by scoring once in the fourth and fifth innings each. SDSU threatened again in the sixth, loading the bases with two outs. However, junior Caley Peterson struck out Melissa Owens to end the inning.
New Mexico went ahead in the seventh inning due to a two-out rally started by a single from sophomore Lindsey Elcess. Elcess had hits in both games today, extending her current hitting streak to nine games. Rubalcava followed with a single up the middle, moving freshman Heather Carter, who was pinch running for Elcess, to second. Senior Kritsin Schmallen drove both home with a double, giving her a MWC-leading 38 RBIs on the season, the fourth most in a season in Lobo history. Schmallen later scored, pushing the score to 5-2 going into the bottom of the seventh.
The Aztecs came back in the bottom of the seventh, loading the bases with no outs. Gregg walked Erin Floros, driving in a run and closing the score to 5-3. After a Lobo pitching change, SDSU evened the score at five with back-to-back singles. Monica Alnes then hit the game-winning RBI with a single to end the game.
UNM out-hit SDSU 12-7 in the second game, but could not get the win. The Lobos were 15-3 on the year when out-hitting its opponent coming into the game.
UNM next travels to UNLV for a double-header on Sunday, April 9. First pitch is set for 1:00 p.m. (M.D.T.) and all of the action can be followed by GameTracker on www.golobos.com. UNM's next home game is against BYU on Thursday, April 13, at 1:00 p.m. (M.D.T.) at Lobo field.