March 12, 2004
NORMAN, Okla. - The New Mexico softball team (16-11) pushed the sixth-ranked Oklahoma Sooners to extra innings for the second time today before losing 10-5 in eight innings at the Oklahoma Worth Invitational. The Lobos lost game one 3-2 in eight innings as well.
Norrelle Dickson began the second game with one of the rarest sights in the sport of softball - an inside the park home run. Dickson laced a drive that got by the lunging right fielder and carried all the way to the wall. Dickson wheeled around the bases and beat the throw home by two steps.
The Sooners posted a four-spot on the scoreboard before New Mexico could record an out in the fourth inning. The big blow was a single by Amber Spaulding that plated two Sooners. Stacia Aleman also collected her third RBI of the day, while Kristin Vesely contributed an RBI double in the inning.
All-American Kami Keiter started the second game and sparkled in her home debut. The junior, who missed the first month of the season with a strained biceps in her left arm, needed only 54 pitches to notch five scoreless innings. Keiter concluded her start by retiring 10 consecutive batters and finished with just three hits allowed and two strikeouts. Keiter has not allowed an earned run in 10 innings of work this season and has given up only five hits.
Sooner relievers Nicole Denes and Jessica Johnson did not have the success of Keiter. The duo combined to allow five runs, which allowed the Lobos to tie the game at 5-5 in the seventh. Junior Ashley Shartzer doubled in the sixth, then advanced to third on a fielder's choice and finally scored the first run on a wild pitch. Shartzer then singled to center in the seventh to score sophomore Jamar Bynum who led off the inning with a single to left. Sophomore Iraina Ogas tied the game with a three run home run off Johnson.
Shartzer went 2-4 while Ogas was 3-4 for the Lobos. Spaulding finished the game 2-for-4 with a career-high three RBI for the Sooners. Vesely and Aleman contributed two RBI in the final game.
The Lobos return to action tomorrow when they play a doubleheader against Centenary starting at 10 a.m. CT.