Feb. 20, 2005
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Colorado State used a late rally to rob the New Mexico softball team (1-8) of its second win of the season. The Rams, trailing 5-0 heading into the fifth inning, beat the Lobos, 6-5, at the Troy Cox Classic hosted by New Mexico State.
New Mexico seemed to put the game out of reach, putting up a four-spot in the third. Senior Ashley Shartzer singled to left, bringing in freshman Ashley Allen who lead off the inning with a single to center. Shartzer then stole second, giving Chavez time to trot home. With two out, sophomore Liz Young singled to center, driving home Shartzer. Sophomore Amy Ray doubled to right center, pushing freshman Lindsey Elcess across the plate. Young almost scored too but was called out at home.
But Colorado State's Jessica Strickland refused to lose. In the fifth, Brittany Burtner and Strickland each doubled, setting up Julia Kloppe. Kloppe flied out to center for the RBI as Burtner scored. One inning later, Strickland double to center, driving home Burtner, Stephanie Roberts and Jennifer Gardner.
Still down 5-4, the seventh inning heroics of Melanie Laffoon, sent the Rams on to the 6-5 win. Laffoon homered with Brittany Huerta on base.
Strickland led the Rams at the plate, going 3-for-3 with three RBI. Garnder was 2-4 with one run scored. Chavez led New Mexico for the second consecutive game, going 2-for-4 with one RBI and one run scored.
In the circle, senior Ashley Perkins threw 5.2 innings for seven hits, five walks and four strikeouts in the loss. Sophomore Caley Peterson, getting the start, went just 1.1 innings for two hits and two walks. JayCee Wood went 2.1 innings for Colorado State, allowing five hits and two walks. Strickland earned the win.
New Mexico concludes the tournament tomorrow, taking on Texas-San Antonio at 1 p.m.