Feb. 20, 2005
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Despite a late rally that almost cost the game, the New Mexico softball team (2-8) was able to hold on for a 4-3 win over Texas-San Antonio in the final game of the Troy Cox Classic.
The Lobos owe their win to the efforts of junior Katie Gregg and sophomores Ryanne Hodgins and Amy Ray. Gregg improved to 2-0 as a Lobo, throwing six innings for eight hits, two earned runs, three walks and one strikeout. Hodgins was 4-for-4 with three RBI while Ray was 3-for-3 with one RBI and two runs scored.
The Roadrunners got on the board first in the second inning thanks to Mel Torres' RBI single to center field that brought home Aimee Murray.
New Mexico fired back in the bottom of the inning to take a 2-1 lead. Hodgins doubles to left, driving in Ray and classmate Liz Young.
The Lobos built on their lead in the fourth as Ray singled to left giving classmate Becky Dover time to cross the plate. Hodgins and Ray pushed the lead to three runs as Hodgins doubled to left allowing Ray to score.
UTSA put on the rally caps in the seventh. Krystal Gibson singled to center, bringing home pinch-runner Jennifer McQueen. Head coach Kim Newbern decided to pull the plug on Gregg and brought in senior Ashley Perkins. Jessica Rogers immediately singled to right, bringing home Laura Garcia. Perkins then walked the bases loaded, putting Jennifer Davis on first base. Still with no outs in the inning, Murray came to the plate. She reached on a fielder's choice as senior Cassie Chavez threw home to Young who tagged out Gibson. Jessica Els followed with the same play, reaching on a fielder's choice as Chavez went home to Young for the out at the plate. With the game riding on the bat of Torres, she popped up to freshman shortstop Ashley Allen.
Perkins picked up the save, tossing one inning for one hit and one walk. Amanda Nikolenko took the loss with a complete game effort. She allowed 10 hits, two walks and five strikeouts.
Gibson and Murray led the Roadrunners at the plate, each going 3-for-4 with one RBI and one run scored, respectively.
Finishing the tournament 2-3, the Lobos had one representative on the All-Tournament team in Chavez. The rest of the team consisted of Colorado State's Julia Kloppe, Stephanie Roberts and Jessica Strickland, Nebraska's Lizzy Rock and Ashley DeBuhr, New Mexico State's Stacy Knight, Princess Moore and Ashley Roszkos, and Texas-San Antonio's Rogers and Davis. The tournament's MVP was Sheena Lawrick of Nebraska.
The Lobos will rest up for the Betlin Mean Green Tournament Feb. 25-27 hosted by North Texas in Denton, Texas. They open the tournament with North Texas at 11 a.m.