April 23, 2005
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The New Mexico offense, despite six hits in each game, failed to give the UNM pitching staff any run support in game one and provided just two runs in game two as the Lobos were swept in a doubleheader at home for the first time all year. Colorado State won game one, 5-0 and game two, 5-2.
Getting hits was not a problem for the Lobos early in game one, getting two hits in the first and third and one hit in the second. In the first with one out, sophomore Ryanne Hodgins on second and junior Kristina Schmallen on first, the Lobos couldn't connect, stranding two runners.
A leadoff double in the second by freshman Lindsey Elcess would be wasted as the team would record two straight popouts and a flyout. Two consecutive singles from sophomore Amy Ray and Schmallen in the second would also be squandered with two straight fly outs.
Colorado State scored two runs in the third as Brittany Huerta singled to left field with the bases loaded, driving in Lauren Cusick and Stephanie Roberts. In the fourth, two errors by the Lobos would see three Rams score, building a 5-0 lead in favor of CSU.
Elcess tried to jumpstart a rally in the seventh with a leadoff single to left field but a double play and a strikeout ended the game.
Senior Ashley Perkins suffered the loss, tossing 2.2 innings for five hits, two earned runs, one walk and one strikeout. Junior Katie Gregg threw 4.1 innings of relief for five hits and four strikeouts. CSU's Jessica Strickland earned the win, hurling a six-hit complete game shutout with two strikeouts.
Despite Elcess and Schmallen each going 2-for-3 and Hodgins and Ray hitting 1-for-3, the Lobos increased their scoreless streak to 22 consecutive innings.
The Rams came out swinging against sophomore pitcher Caley Peterson, scoring one run in the first and two in the third after a two-run home run to left field by Cusick.
But the Lobos finally ended the scoreless streak, which ended up lasting 25 innings, in the fourth as freshman Christina Rios singled through the right side, bringing home junior Cassie Chavez, who reached on a fielder's choice.
Colorado State scored two more runs in the sixth on three hits for a 5-1 lead. The Lobos got one run back in the sixth as sophomore Liz Young laced her second single of the game to left center to pick up the RBI as Elcess scored. Elcess led off the inning with a double down the right field line.
Chavez reached on an error with two outs in the seventh but that is all the Lobos could get on base, ending the game in the next at bat on a groundout.
Young and Rios were both 2-for-3 with a RBI while Elcess was 2-for-4 with one run scored. Peterson took the loss, throwing an eight-hit complete game for five earned runs, one walk and two strikeouts.
With the loss, the Lobos fall to 13-26 overall and 3-9 in the Mountain West Conference. The losses also extend the UNM losing streak to eight, its largest of the season. Colorado State moved to 29-16 overall and 6-2 in the MWC.
The Lobos return to Lobo Field on Thursday afternoon for a doubleheader with BYU to end the regular season series. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m. New Mexico will complete its home season on Sunday, May 1 with a twinbill against Utah starting at noon.