Lobos Fall 3-2 To UNLV In Season Opener
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  02/06/2004
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Feb. 6, 2004

Box Score

TUCSON, Ariz. - The New Mexico softball team suffered its first loss of the season with UNLV taking game three of the Arizona Pepsi Classic. UNLV's Carly Petracco's bases-loaded single in the bottom of the eighth drove in the winning run to give the UNLV softball team its first victory of the season, a 3-2 decision over New Mexico at Hillenbrand Stadium on Friday.

Petracco's game-winner was redemption for a key mistake made earlier in the game. With the Rebels leading 1-0 and just one out away from a regulation victory, Petracco let a Jacque Kerrigan pitch get away from her. Although it was her first passed ball in 14 innings of work on Friday, it allowed the Lobos' tying run to score.

The Rebels (1-1) also had a second chance to end the game in regulation. After Kacey Ellis drew a one-out walk, Petracco ripped her first base hit of the year to give the Rebels a pair of base runners. However, sophomore Iraina Ogas (0-1) pitched her way out of the jam, striking out Joanna Jackson and forcing Lisa Sampson into a groundout.

With momentum on its side, New Mexico (0-1) took advantage. Leadoff hitter, freshman Ryanne Hodgins reached on a Pauline Glenn fielding error and took second on a one-out sacrifice. Ogas then, hitting in the cleanup spot, hammered a double to left center, easily scoring Hodgins and giving the Lobos their first lead of the day.

UNLV lucked out, beginning the bottom of the eighth at the top of its order. Bridget Byrne slapped a pitch hard into the dirt, causing it to bounce high up over the head of the Lobos' shortstop. By the time the ball fell, Byrne stood safely aboard first.

Morgan Bostwick executed a flawless bunt to put Byrne in scoring position. Ogas forced Amber Campbell to then pop up to short and the Rebels were down to their last out.

Kerrigan lifted a hit over second base that allowed Byrne to motor home to tie the game for the second time.

Glenn came to the plate next for the Rebels, and was hit by a pitch to put two aboard. Ellis worked to a 3-1 count before knocking one into shallow right field. Kerrigan sped around third and with an expected throw home from right-fielder Hodgins, an exciting play at the plate seemed imminent. But Kerrigan hit the brakes about halfway down the baseline and returned to third.

Petracco then stepped up and connected solidly with the 2-1 pitch, sending it into right center as all of the runners advanced a base and Kerrigan scored the winning run.

The finish marked the second straight late-inning loss for the Lobos to UNLV. The Rebels ousted the Lobos from last year's Mountain West Conference Tournament with a seventh-inning Glenn homer.

Senior Kim Korsak led the Lobos going 2-3 with one run scored. Ogas struck out eight while giving up seven hits and four walks.

Nevada Las Vegas 3, New Mexico 2 (Feb 06, 2004 at Tucson, Arizona)
New Mexico.......... 000 000 11 - 2 6 1 (0-1)
Nevada Las Vegas.... 001 000 02 - 3 7 1 (1-1)
Pitchers: New Mexico - Ogas. Nevada Las Vegas - Kerrigan.
Win-Kerrigan(1-0) Loss-Ogas(0-1) T-2:35 A-825
Game: Pepsi 3