March 29, 2005
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Having lost three straight to New Mexico at Lobo Field, New Mexico State took full advantage of its home field and got revenge by sweeping the doubleheader in Las Cruces, N.M. The Aggies took game one, 4-1, and came from behind to take game two, 6-5.
In game one, Aggie pitcher Sarah Seagraves earned the complete game win, allowing just three hits, one earned run, no walks and seven strikeouts. The lone hit was a solo home run by freshman Lindsey Elcess in the seventh inning with one out.
New Mexico State recorded back-to-back leadoff home runs in the third and fourth innings thanks to Lindsay Hainzinger's shot in the third and Ashley Roszkos' in the fourth. The Aggies added two more runs in the fifth as Sarah O'Neill doubled to center, driving home Princess Moore and Kasey Sandlin.
Sophomore Caley Peterson suffered the loss, throwing four innings for four hits, four earned runs, four walks and one strikeout. Senior Ashley Perkins threw two innings of relief, allowing just one hit while striking out one.
Game two saw the Aggies jump out to another 2-0 lead, scoring one run in the second and third. But the Lobos fought back in the fourth putting a three-spot on the board. Junior Cassie Chavez led off the fourth with a home run. Senior Ashley Shartzer followed with a single to left and eventually scored on an error by the catcher. Sophomore Liz Young also singled to right, driving home junior Kristina Schmallen.
New Mexico State's Mailei Hilva evened the score at 3-3 in the bottom of the fourth with a leadoff home run. Schmallen put the Lobos back on top in the sixth, scoring on a fielder's choice.
Elcess added her second home run of the day, leading off the seventh with a full count. But New Mexico couldn't hold the two-run lead, surrendering three runs in the bottom of the seventh.
Schmallen led UNM in game two, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Chavez was 2-for-4 with a double and a home run. Junior Katie Gregg took the loss, giving up eight hits, four earned runs and three walks in six and one-third innings. Perkins again threw in relief, giving up two hits and one intentional walk but recording no outs.
The losses end UNM's five-game win streak, dropping them to 10-17 overall while New Mexico State improves to 17-19.
The Lobos return to action on Friday at Lobo Field, hosting UNLV to open Mountain West Conference play. The first pitch of the twin bill is slated for 1 p.m.