April 17, 2005
SALT LAKE CITY - The road continued to beat up on the Lobos as Utah won both games of a doubleheader in Salt Lake City today. New Mexico, now 0-12 on the road, lost game one 1-0 in the seventh and fell 3-0 in game two.
Game one was a pitchers dual between junior Katie Gregg and Lindsie Nielsen. Gregg and Nielsen both tossed four-hit complete games and walked two.
New Mexico had three prime chances to score but could not convert. In the third, freshman Ashley Allen singled to center field but was put out at second on a fielder's choice hit into by sophomore Liz Young. Young reached third in the next at bat as sophomore Ryanne Hodgins made it all the way to second on an error by the Utes' third baseman. But that is as close to home as Young would get with a flyout in the next at bat ending the inning.
In the fourth with one out, junior Cassie Chavez doubled to left field and one out later senior Ashley Shartzer walked to put Lobo runners are first and second. But with two outs, a groundout ended the inning.
And in the fifth, Allen led off with a single to left and then advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from Young. But the Lobos recorded two consecutive groundouts to strand another runner in scoring position.
Utah started off the seventh drawing two walks. Lysney Wall belted a sac fly, moving Byanne Durrence and Kate Nygaard to third and second base, respectively. Sarah Lyman stepped to the plate to pinch hit for Sharee Fonoti and hit the game-winning RBI single up the middle to bring home Durrence.
Allen was a perfect 2-for-2 at the plate while Chavez was 2-for-3.
The Utes' Brianna Gourdin hurled a two-hit complete game shutout with three strikeouts. The first Lobo hit was by Hodgins to lead off the game. The last hit was by junior Kristina Schmallen in the final inning.
Sophomore Caley Peterson threw five innings for seven hits, three earned runs and two walks. All three Utah runs were scored in the fifth with two outs when Ivette Hernandez hit a bases-clearing double to left that scored Devina Quintero, Jackie Wong and Fonoti.
The Lobos fall to 13-24 overall and 3-7 in the Mountain West Conference. They return home for a doubleheader on Saturday, April 23 against Colorado State. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m.