March 18, 2004
Albuquerque, N.M. - The New Mexico softball team (20-13) completed the series sweep of UTEP after winning game one 3-1 and game two 7-2 today in their home opener at Lobo Field.
In game one, the Miners got on the board first as Malia Simmons hit a solo home run to left.
In the bottom of the third, the Lobos got the run back as senior Ora Hensley singles through the left side to score sophomore Iraina Ogas. One inning later, senior Sabrina Sandberg scored the go-ahead run as freshman Robyn Hutson reached on an error by second baseman Jennifer Garcia. Sophomore Stephanie Kennedy added the insurance run in the sixth as she too reached on a fielder's choice that scored senior Jen Sena who pinch ran for senior Kim Korsak.
Junior Ashley Perkins earned her 10th win of the season, pitching a three-hit complete game. Perkins struck out eight and walked one. Renee DiPuccio suffered the loss, falling to 6-6 on the season. DiPuccio tossed four innings allowing eight hits while striking out two. In relief, Simmons and Veronica Flourney threw for the Miners. Simmons pitched 1.2 innings while Flourney pitched .1 innings.
Sandberg led the Lobos at the plate going 2-2 with one run score. Sophomore Jamar Bynym, Hensley and Korsak were all 2-3. Simmons, Garcia, and Jawauna Davis had the only hits for UTEP.
In game two, the Lobos came out swinging, scoring five runs in the first two innings. The first run came in the first as sophomore Iraina Ogas doubled to bring home Hutson who had singled.
The Miners dug up two runs in the fourth, as Davis tripled to score Gracie Borjas and then scored herself on a passed ball.
In the bottom of the sixth, Bynum recorder her first career home run as she hit a bomb to left field that allowed her to speed around the bases for an inside-the-park home run that also scored Sandberg.
Ogas replicated the efforts of Perkins, tossing a three-hit complete game for her sixth win of the year. She walked none and struck out 12. Flourney fell to 1-2 on the season after allowing three earned runs in 1.1 innings pitched. DiPuccio pitched .1 innings of relief giving up one hit and two walks. Simmons finished the game, pitching 4.1 innings.
Sandberg and Kennedy starred at the plate for New Mexico going 1-2 and 2-4, respectively. Ogas was 2-3 with one RBI as well. Getting the hits for the Miners were Borjas, Davis and Sierra Hannum.
The Lobos return to the field tomorrow at 1 p.m. when they host Texas Tech for a doubleheader.