Feb. 25, 2006
New Mexico softball had a great day at the ballpark in El Paso, Texas, winning both of its games against Northern Colorado and San Jose State on the second day of the UTEP Invitational. The Lobos hacked away in the game against Northern Colorado, defeating the Bears in five innings, 15-4. Less scoring went on in the second game against San Jose State as the Lobos won 2-0, but solid defense and a complete game shutout from freshman hurler Jen Mendenhall was what New Mexico needed to boost its overall record to 4-12.
The Lobos finish up the tournament tomorrow with one game against host UTEP, starting at 1:30 p.m. MT.
New Mexico 15 Northern Colorado 4
EL PASO, Texas - The Lobos' bats couldn't be contained in the third inning as they scored 13 runs en route to a 15-4 win in five innings over the Northern Colorado Bears.
Northern Colorado scored in the first three innings, with two runs in the first and one in the second and third, but the 3-0 lead didn't last long as the Lobos used the bottom of the third to generate a huge offensive rally.
In the bottom of the third inning, the Lobos batted through their entire lineup and then some to put the Bears out of commission. Freshman first baseman Samantha Hughes had a big inning, hitting two doubles for a total of four RBIs. Sophomore Lindsey Elcess topped off the inning with a bomb home run to dead center, driving in senior Cassie Chavez.
New Mexico scored its last two runs in the fourth inning to make the score 15-4. Pinch hitter Marsha Taylor in her first at bat of the season had an RBI single, while Ryanne Hodgins had the second RBI after hitting a hard groundout to first, allowing Liz Young to score.
Freshman pitcher Jen Mendenhall (2-7) came in for Katie Gregg in the middle of the third inning to grab her second win the of the season. The young thrower held Northern Colorado scoreless and gave up only two hits in her 2.2 innings of work in the circle.
Five players in the Lobos' lineup had one or more RBIs in the game, including Hughes, who led with 4, Hodgins and Elcess with two, and Kayce Danna and Taylor each had one.
New Mexico 2 San Jose State 0
EL PASO, Texas- Freshman pitcher Jen Mendenhall stepped it up for Lobos, pitching a complete game shutout to lead New Mexico (4-12) to a 2-0 victory over the San Jose State Spartans.
The complete game shutout was a career first for Mendenhall (3-7) as she held the Spartans to just five hits and struck out seven in 24 at bats.
New Mexico scored its first run in the top of the first inning. Freshman Samantha Hughes got things rolling with a single. Senior Cassie Chavez doubled to the right center gap, sending Hughes in to score. Chavez tried to stretch her hit out to a triple, but was unable to beat the throw from center field.
The Lobos second run came in the top of the sixth. Designated hitter Lindsey Elcess hit a double to center field to get things going again. Freshman Analise Rubalcava drove in pinch runner Heather Carter from second with a double to left center.
The Spartans were not completely without their chances to score on New Mexico. In the fourth inning, San Jose State threatened with a tying run on third and the go-ahead at second. The Spartans tried to run the squeeze play, but the batter missed the ball on the bunt attempt, leaving the runner on third way off base. Catcher Liz Young fired the ball to Rubalcava at third to get the runner out for a big clutch play.
San Jose State would come back again in the fifth inning to load the bases with two outs. Courtney Lewis came up to hit a sharp grounder to Chavez at shortstop. Chavez fielded the ball clean and was about the make the play when Spartan's base runner Danielle Eakins ran right into her, causing a runner's interference call and the third out.
Mendenhall and New Mexico's strong defense held San Jose State the rest of the way to earn the second win at the UTEP Invitational.