May 6, 2006
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - The University of New Mexico two runs in the final two innings to rally for 3-2 victory over Colorado State in game one of a doubleheader in the final Mountain West Conference games for both teams. New Mexico (23-28, 4-15 MWC) received a complete game victory from freshman pitcher Jen Mendenhall in the first game, but was unable to dig itself out of an early hole in a 6-1 loss to CSU (26-24, 6-14 MWC) in game two.
Senior Cassie Chavez had a pair of doubles to lead the Lobo offense, while Mendenhall struck out nine and walked none in 9 1/3 innings of work on the day.
UNM travels to Las Vegas next week for MWC Tournament play.
Game 1 (UNM 3, CSU 2)
Rookie Jen Mendenhall struck out eight and walked none in a complete game victory as New Mexico rallied to defeat Colorado State 3-2 in the first game of a doubleheader in Fort Collins, Colo. UNM leadoff hitter Ryanne Hodgins had the game-winning RBI with a two-out single to center in the seventh, scoring pinch runner Heather Carter from second. Mendenhall then struck out the side in the bottom of the seventh to preserve the win.
After three scoreless innings, the Lobos got on the board when senior Cassie Chavez doubled and scored two batters later on sophomore Lindsey Elcess' two-out double to left-center.
Colorado State answered, however, with a solo homerun by J Kloppe in the bottom of the fourth and RBI single by R Padeway in the fifth.
Chavez ripped her second double of the game with one out in the sixth and then advanced to third on a passed ball. Fellow senior Kristina Schmallen then drove her in with a single to center to tie the game at two apiece.
After the Rams the stranded a runner at second in the bottom of the sixth, New Mexico's Ashley Allen led off the top of the seventh with an infield single and was replaced by Carter. Catcher Liz Young moved her over to second with a sacrifice bunt and Jennifer Deitrich struck out before Hodgins came through with the clutch hit, her first of the day.
CSU threatened briefly in the seventh on Padeway's two-out single, but Mendenhall got J Wisely swinging to pick up her eighth win of the season. The freshman from Medford, Ore. scattered seven hits and received seven innings of error-free play from her defense.
Colorado State starter Klabough fell to 14-7 on the season, allowing seven hits and striking out two.
Game 2 (CSU 6, UNM 1)
The Lobos gave up four runs in the first inning, three on a homerun by Jessica Strickland, as they fell 6-1. Strickland earns the win to move to 11-17 on the season, while Katie Gregg takes the loss to fall to 11-10 on the year.
UNM's lone run came in the fifth that started with Lindsey Elcess hit by pitch and then was pinch run for by Heather Carter. Carter moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Analise Rubacalva. Carter moved to third on a passed ball that led to a Jennifer Dietrich RBI single through the left side.
Colorado State added single runs in the fourth and sixth for the final 6-1 margin.