April 13, 2006
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - New Mexico just missed pulling off one of the biggest comebacks in school history, but dropped the second game of its doubleheader against defending Mountain West Conference champion BYU on Thursday at Lobo Field. Senior Kristina Schmallen blasted her 10th homerun of the season, a sixth inning grand slam in game two, as UNM (20-20, 1-7 MWC) rallied from a 9-0 deficit with 10 straight runs. The one run lead was not enough, however, as the Cougars (26-14, 6-2) responded with three in the seventh to escape with a 12-10 win. BYU downed UNM 11-1 in the first game of the afternoon.
Schmallen finished the day 3-5 at the plate with six runs batted in. She is now tied for fourth on the UNM single-season homerun list (10) and is also tied for fourth with 44 RBI through 40 games this spring. The Phoenix native had just two long balls and 13 RBI in 45 games last year. Fellow slugger Lindsey Elcess went 3-6 and added two more RBI to up her season total to 36, which is tied for fifth all-time at UNM.
The Lobos return to action on Sunday, April 16 when they host Utah for another doubleheader at Lobo Field. First pitch is schedule for 12 p.m. (MST).
Game 2 (BYU 12, UNM 10)In game two of the doubleheader, New Mexico came just two outs short of recording one of the most sensational comebacks in school history against BYU, the premier team in the Mountain West Conference. Facing a 9-0 deficit and two outs away from the run rule, UNM scored 10 straight runs in the fifth and sixth innings against the reeling Cougars. In the seventh, however, Lindi Kennedy put BYU back ahead for good with a two-run single through the left side off UNM relief pitcher Caley Peterson, who was working her fourth inning.
Pinch hitter Ashley Allen led off the New Mexico seventh with a double to right, but was stranded at second after BYU reliever Summer Tobias struck out the next two batters and got the Lobos top-hitter, Cassie Chavez, to pop up in the infield. Chavez, however, was part of the furious Lobo rally that derailed Cougar ace Daniella Urincho's stellar start.
Urincho, who entered the series with a 1.50 ERA, held the Lobos scoreless and to just one hit through the first four frames before Ryanne Hodgins ignited the rally with an infield single to lead-off the fifth. After freshman Samantha Hughes was awarded first base on catcher's interference, Hodgins scored on a wild pitch and sophomore designated player Lindsey Elcess plated Hughes with an RBI single to right that cut the deficit to 9-2 and eliminated the run-rule.
Later in the inning, Kristina Schmallen ripped a two-out double to left field to score freshman Analise Rubalcava. Centerfielder Amy Ray, who got the Lobos first hit off Urincho with two outs in the fourth inning, then followed with a single to bring Schmallen home and cut the BYU lead to 9-4.
After Peterson shut down the Cougars in the top of the sixth, the Lobos loaded the bases on an error and two walks, ending the day for Urincho. Chavez greeted reliever Brooke Boyce-Humber with a RBI sacrifice fly to center, followed by another RBI single by Elcess to bring the Lobos to within three, 9-6. Boyce-Humber then walked Rubalcava to load the bases again and was replaced by Tobias, the game one starter. Schmallen crushed the first pitch she saw from Tobias deep over the centerfield fence to give UNM its first lead of the day, 10-9.
Schmallen finished with a career-high five RBI in the game and improved her hitting streak to 11 games. Elcess, meanwhile, was 2-4 with a pair of runs batted in and upped her hitting streak to 13 games. Hodgins and Hughes, the Lobos 1-2 hitters, reached base three times and scored four runs.
Peterson took the loss for the Lobos, falling to 4-6 on the season, while Tobias (12-7) got the final five outs to pick up her second win of the day.
Game 1 (BYU 11, UNM 1)BYU senior Ianeta Le'i drove in six runs as the Cougars downed New Mexico 11-1 in five innings in the first game of the doubleheader at Lobo Field. UNM (20-19, 1-6 MWC) scored on senior Kristina Schmallen's single, following a double to right-center by freshman Analise Rubalcava. BYU improved to 24-13 on the year, 5-2 in Mountain West Conference play.
BYU scored two in the first and extended its lead to 7-0 with a five-run second, capped by Le'i's three-run homerun. UNM got a run back in the bottom of the fourth, but the Cougars put the game away with four in the fifth.
Schmallen notched her team-leading 39th RBI of the year and is now six behind Kathy Moore for fourth on the on the UNM single-season list. Rubalcava, meanwhile, picked up her 40th hit and 10th double of the season. Freshman Samantha Hughes also had a pair of hits for the Lobos.
Katie Gregg took the loss for the Lobos, dropping to 11-5 on the season. Cougar starter Summer Tobias allowed five his in five innings to move to 11-7 on the year.