May 1, 2004
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - The New Mexico softball team (29-30, 3-12) fell below .500 for the first time since February 15 with two losses to Utah in Salt Lake City Saturday afternoon. The Utes rallied for a 4-3 win in game one and took game two, 7-2.
Sophomore Iraina Ogas pitched a seven-hit complete game, allowing the Lobos to take a 3-0 lead heading into the fourth before the Utes would battle back with two-run innings in the fourth and sixth. Ogas allowed just three earned runs and struck out four.
All three Lobo runs came in the first inning. Junior Cassie Chavez singled down the left field line to drive home freshman Ryanne Hodgins. Freshman Robyn Hutson drew a bases loaded walk that scored senior Ora Hensley. Junior Ashley Shartzer was then hit by a pitch to bring home Ogas.
In game two, Utah jumped on the board with one run in the second. Hensley pulled the Lobos even with a single in the third that scored senior Sabrina Sandberg. Utah continued to score, adding oen run in the fourth, two in the fifth and three in the sixth.
Senior Kim Korsak started the Lobo rally in the seventh with a leadoff homer to center. The Lobos managed two more hits but then ended the game by grounding into a double play.
Senior Amy Dumas took the loss, throwing 4.1 innings for six hits, four earned runs and two walks. Freshman Irene Weik pitched 1.2 innings in relief, allowing two hits, three earned runs and one walk.
The Lobos will wrap up the regular season in Fort Collins, Colo. next weekend. They will play four games at Colorado State, making up two that were rained out in Albuquerque earlier in the season.