March 14, 2004
NORMAN, Okla. - The New Mexico softball team (18-13) finished the Oklahoma Worth Invitational strong with two wins over McNeese State. The Lobos won game one 5-2 and in similar fashion took game two, 4-2.
In game one, McNeese State got on the board first when Tonya Edlund reached on a fielder's choice and then advanced to second on senior catcher Kim Korsak's error that allowed Karissa Wappler to score in the top of the second.
The Lobos got the run right back in the bottom of the inning as junior Cassie Chavez singled to bring home junior Ashley Shartzer. Sophomore Stephanie Kennedy gave New Mexico the 2-1 lead in the third as she tripled, scoring sophomore Jamar Bynum. The Lobos added to their lead with sophomore Iraina Ogas' single that scored Kennedy.
McNeese State chipped at the lead, bringing it to 3-2 as Edlund scored as Lindsi Allen reached on an error by junior pitcher Ashley Perkins.
New Mexico added two more insurance runs, one in the fourth and one in the fifth. Chavez scored in the fourth on a fielder's choice hit by senior Ora Hensley. Chavez then doubled in the fifth letting freshman Robyn Hutson score the final run of the game.
Perkins earned the win, moving to 9-2 on the season. She pitched four innings, allowing two hits, no earned runs, five walks and four strikeouts. Senior Amy Dumas pitched three innings in relief, giving up two hits, no earned runs, and striking out four. Taking the loss for the Cowgirls, Corrie Hale pitched six innings for eight hits, four earned runs, two walks and five strikeouts.
Chavez led the team going 3-3 with two RBI and one run scored. Bynum and Hutson were 1-2 with one runs scored.
In game two, the Lobos scored first as Bynum tripled to bring home junior Kelli Edelbrock and senior Sabrina Sandberg in the top of the third. McNeese State quickly evened the score in the bottom of the inning when Allen walked with the bases loaded to score Rachael Phillips. Beth Jordan then stepped to the plate and flied out to Sandberg, giving Edlund enough time to score.
New Mexico took the 3-2 lead in the fourth as Sandberg singled to third baseman Mandi Salter and then advanced to second on Salter's error which allowed Chavez to score. Hensley singled in the seventh to drive in the insurance run in the form of Sandberg.
Sandberg finished the game 2-3 with two runs scored while Bynum wnet 2-4 with two RBI. On the mound, Dumas earned the win, pitching a complete game, surrendering just three hits, two earned runs, one walk and stiking out seven.
The Lobos return from the road for their first home game of the season on Thursday, March 18 at 1 p.m. They will play a doubleheader against UTEP. New Mexico will also play doubleheaders at home against Texas Tech and New Mexico State on Friday and Saturday at 1 p.m. and noon, respectively.