April 9, 2004
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - The New Mexico softball team (26-20) fell in its Mountain West Conference opening doubleheader to UNLV Friday night at Eller Media Stadium in Las Vegas, Nev. The Rebels shutout the Lobos, 7-0 in the first game and game from behind for a 4-3 win in game two.
Kacey Ellis got the Rebels on the board first in game one with her two-run home run to left center off junior Ashley Perkins. Lisa Sampson pushed the lead to 3-0 in the fourth with her single to left center that scored Amber Campbell and Christy Tennes. Bridget Byrne and Ellis also scored in the fourth inning. Ellis scored the final run of the game in the sixth off of Wendy Godwin's double to right.
Perkins suffered the loss, falling to 12-6 on the season. She threw 3.1 innings for six hits and five earned runs while walking two and striking out one. Sophomore Iraina Ogas pitched 2.2 innings of relief, allowing three hits, one earned run and two walks. Jacqueline Kerrigan moved to 17-14 with her complete game shutout. Kerrigan allowed just five hits, two walks and one strikeout.
In game two, the Lobos jumped on the board in the first inning behind Ogas' double to right field that scored sophomore Stephanie Kennedy who reached on an error. Junior Ashley Shartzer pushed the lead to 2-0 in the fourth with her double to left center which allowed senior Ora Hensley to score on an error by Campbell. Shartzer then scored on a passed ball.
Senior Amy Dumas (7-11) took the loss, throwing 3.1 innings for five htis, four earned runs, two walks and one strikeout. Ogas pitched 2.2 innings in relief again, this time for two hits, two walks and one strikeout. Becky McDonald earned her second win of the season after her three-inning stint. McDonald gave up three hits, two earned runs, two walks and three strikeouts. Kerrigan earned the save with two perfect innings including one strikeout. Ellis started the game, going 2.1 innings and allowing three hits, one run, one walk and two strikeouts.
New Mexico returns to conference action with a doubleheader at San Diego State on Sunday at 1 p.m. PDT.