April 3, 2005
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The New Mexico softball team improved to 13-18 overall and 3-1 in the Mountain West Conference after sweeping the doubleheader against San Diego State (22-16, 0-4 MWC) this afternoon to end a nine-game losing streak to the Aztecs dating back to May 4, 2003. The Lobos took game one in eight innings by a score of 2-1 thanks to a walk-off home run from junior Kristina Schmallen. The Lobos won game two, 4-1.
Junior Katie Gregg was the star of game one for New Mexico, tossing a four-hit complete game, walking two and striking out one for her sixth win of the season. Gregg's one earned run was given up in the third inning as Lacey Craft scored on a sacrifice bunt, fielder's choice.
The Lobos, trailing 1-0 heading into the fifth inning, tied the game as freshman Lindsey Elcess sent a RBI single into left field, bringing home sophomore Ryanne Hodgins. Schmallen then hit the game-winning home run in the bottom of the eighth with one out.
Schmallen finished game one 3-for-3 with a RBI and run scored. Elcess was 2-for-4 with a RBI. The Aztecs' had four different players collect a hit. Cori Janelli suffered the loss, throwing a seven-hit complete game for two walks and two strikeouts.
In game two, sophomore Caley Peterson earned her third win of the season, tossing a complete game while allowing six hits, one earned run, two walks and one strikeout. SDSU's Celena Velasquez earned her second consecutive loss, going four innings for six hits, two earned runs, one walk and four strikeouts.
New Mexico jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first as junior Cassie Chavez laided down a perfect sac bunt to bring home Hodgins. But the Aztecs fired back to tie things up in the top of the second as Chrissie Markham singled to left, driving in Kristen Carranza.
The Lobos pulled away in the third as Elcess led off the inning with her fifth home run in as many games. Schmallen followed with a double to right and scored on a left field single from Christina Rios. An insurance run was added in the fifth as Chavez scored on a flied-foul ball hit by senior Ashley Shartzer.
The Lobos 3-1 start in conference play is the second best since the 2000 season, when they started out 5-0.
New Mexico hits the road for a doubleheader at Colorado State on April 9. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m.