Feb. 21, 2006
New Mexico pitchers Katie Gregg and Jen Mendenhall each pitched a complete game in today's doubleheader against the New Mexico State Aggies. The Lobo hurlers showed good stuff in the circle as both combined to hold NMSU to a total of just three runs on seven hits. New Mexico (2-10) ended today with a split against New Mexico State (10-5) as it won 3-1 in the first game and fell just 2-1 in the second.
New Mexico now heads for El Paso, Texas this weekend for a tournament hosted by UTEP. The Lobos start the three-day tournament on Friday, Feb. 24 with a game against San Jose State and another game against New Mexico State. On Saturday, New Mexico will face Northern Colorado and San Jose State and will wrap up on Sunday with a game against UTEP for the second time this season.
Game 1 New Mexico 3 New Mexico State 1
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Senior pitcher Katie Gregg provided some crafty pitching in the first game against New Mexico State as she held the Aggies to just one run on three hits in seven innings of work to help New Mexico grab a 3-1 victory. The win is Gregg's first of the season as she is now 1-2.
The Aggies couldn't find a good like at Gregg's ball as they grounded out 16 times during the game. Their one run came in the third inning when Rishelle Gastelum doubled to left field for a RBI. Gregg and New Mexico's solid defense continued to hold New Mexico State scoreless for the next four innings. The one run is the fewest New Mexico has allowed this season.
The Lobos produced runs in the fourth and sixth innings. Senior shortstop Cassie Chavez got things started in the fourth for New Mexico with a double down the left field line. Freshman Analise Rubalcava then reached on an error by NMSU's first baseman, which allowed Chavez to advance to third. With runners on the corners, sophomore Lindsey Elcess hit a double to right field for two RBIs.
In the sixth inning, New Mexico attacked again as Rubalcava sparked the Lobos with a double to left center, setting catcher Liz Young up for a RBI single to center field.
Elcess went 1-for-3 at the plate with two RBIs and a double, while Young also went 1-for-3 with a RBI.
Losing pitcher for New Mexico State was Sarah Seagraves (7-3) as she allowed three runs on six hits in 5.1 innings of work.
Game 2 New Mexico State 2 New Mexico 1
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico's freshman pitcher Jen Mendenhall only allowed New Mexico State two runs on just four hits in her third complete game of the season, but New Mexico's offense couldn't find enough runs to top NMSU as it just missed 2-1.
Mendenhall's record moves to 1-6 with the loss. The young hurler, who has started in seven of 12 games played so far, pitched a good game against the Aggies despite the loss. NMSU's two runs only came in the second inning when Heather Minniti capitalized on a miss pitch by Mendenhall and homered it to left field with a runner on base.
New Mexico's one run came in the third inning. Junior outfielder Jennifer Deitrich started off the inning with a single. Freshman Samantha Hughes kept things going with another single to put runners on first and second. Cassie Chavez had a sac fly to right field, allowing Deitrich and Hughes to advance one. Senior second baseman Kristina Schmallen then came up to single to left field to draw the RBI.
The Lobos almost came back in the seventh inning to tie the game when junior Ryanne Hodgins put herself as the tying run on second with a double to left field with two outs left. The Aggies held tight though to get the final out before New Mexico could get a last minute rally going.
Kim Watson was the winning pitcher for New Mexico State as her record improved to 3-1 after holding the Lobos to one run on five hits.