March 26, 2006
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The University of New Mexico pounded out 23 hits and got 7 1/3 scoreless innings from senior pitcher Katie Gregg en route to another doubleheader sweep of Northern Colorado in front of a packed house today at Lobo Field. A season-high crowd of 615 helped New Mexico (19-13) improve to 14-1 at home with an 11-5 victory in game one and a convincing 8-0 shutout (five innings) in the series finale. Northern Colorado dropped to 7-23 on the year.
Gregg (10-4) won all four games this weekend and senior Kristina Schmallen continued her assault on the UNM record books with her team-leading ninth homerun and four more runs batted in on Sunday. Schmallen, who had just two homers and 13 RBI in 134 at-bats last year, now ranks sixth on the single-season record book for homeruns (9) and RBI (34).
After a 2-12 start to the season, New Mexico has won 17 of its last 18. The Lobos open Mountain West Conference play next Saturday at 1 p.m. with a doubleheader against Colorado State at Lobo Field.
Game 2 (UNM 8, UNC 0)New Mexico senior Katie Gregg continued her dominance of Northern Colorado, pitching a three-hit shutout as the Lobos (19-13) downed the Bears (7-23) 8-0 in five innings. Gregg struck out three more and did not walk a batter as she improved to 10-4 on the season.
Junior catcher Liz Young went 3-3 at the plate with four runs batted as UNM scored three runs in the second innings and put up five in the third. Young's bases loaded double to right-center blew the game open in the third inning, while Greg retired the final six UNC batters to put the run rule into effect.
The Lobos also received strong contributions from sophomores Lindsey Elcess (2-3, run) and Ashley Allen (2-2, 2 RBI, run). Freshman Analise Rubalcava also had a nice day for UNM, reaching base three times and scoring twice.
Game 1 (UNM 11, UNC 5)Kristina Schmallen crushed her ninth homerun of the year in a seven-run fifth inning as New Mexico rallied to defeat Northern Colorado 11-5 in the first game of the doubleheader at Lobo Field. Schmallen went 3-3 with four runs batted in, while fellow senior Katie Gregg came on to pitch 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief to win her career-high ninth game of the season. UNM (18-13) moved to five games above .500, while UNC fell to 7-22.
With the Lobos trailing 5-3 in the fifth, sophomore designated player Lindsey Elcess led off the inning a walk and freshman Analise Rubalcava followed with a scorching double to right to put runners on second and third. Schmallen then blasted Jessica Milligan's 1-1 pitch to deep center as the Lobos regained the lead for good.
Later the inning, freshman Samantha Hughes ripped a bases loaded single up the middle to score Jennifer Deitrich and Liz Young. Senior Cassie Chavez followed with a double into the right-center gap, scoring Hughes and junior Ryanne Hodgins as the Lobos batted around.
Gregg shut the door on the Bears once again, coming on in the fifth after Hillarie Van Otterloo's stunning two-out grand slam off UNM starter Caley Peterson gave Northern Colorado a 5-3 lead. Gregg got Ashley Geist to pop up to the shortstop, Chavez, to end the inning, then struck out three and allowed just one hit over the final two frames.
Peterson was rolling early in the game, allowing just two hits in four scoreless innings before running into trouble in the fifth. UNM had staked an early 3-0 lead against Milligan (2-9) on Rubalcava's bases loaded single down the line in the first inning and Schmallen's sacrifice fly in third.
The Lobos first six hitters had 11 of the team's 12 hits, including multiple hit games for Hodgins (2-4), Hughes (2-2), Rubalcava (2-3) and Schmallen (3-3).