Feb. 17, 2006
The University of New Mexico softball team got off to a rough start with a 7-1 loss to Purdue for the first game of the day, but bounced back in the second game with a definitive 7-3 win over Hawaii, giving the Lobos their first win of the season. The Lobos are back in tournament action tomorrow for the second day of the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic in Las Vegas, Nev. New Mexico meets with Central Michigan first at 6 p.m. (PT) and then UTEP at 8:15 p.m. (PT). For more tournament information, go to UNLV's web site at www.unlvrebels.com.
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Freshman pitcher Jen Mendenhall (1-3) grabbed her first career win as she held Hawaii to three runs on five hits over seven innings of work to lead New Mexico softball to its first win of the season.
The Lobos (1-6) produced seven runs on 11 hits to gain the 7-3 win over the Rainbow Wahine (6-4).
Hawaii's Tyleen Tausaga got things started in the bottom of the second with a solo homer to right field.
The Lobos jumped back quickly in the next inning, earning five runs to pull ahead in the game. Catcher Liz Young began the inning with a single and was replaced by pinch runner Heather Carter. Carter managed to advance to second on a wild pitch with two outs. Jennifer Deitrich stepped up to the plate with a single to shortstop allowing Carter to advance to third. Hawaii's shortstop Julie Frankin rushed her throw to first to get Deitrich out, and threw it over the first baseman's head allowing Carter to score the tying run.
Freshman Samantha Hughes kept the rally going with a single to right field. Senior shortstop Cassie Chavez then doubled to center, scoring Deitrich from second and advancing Hughes all the way to third.
Sophomore Lindsey Elcess capped off the Lobos' big inning with a huge three-run homer to dead center, giving the designated hitter her second home run of the season and the Lobos a 5-1 lead in the game.
Hawaii's final two runs came in the third and fourth innings as the Lobos held the Rainbow Wahine scoreless the rest of the way.
New Mexico scored two more runs in the seventh inning to conclude the Lobos' slugfest. Ryanne Hodgins got a single with a perfect bunt to spark another rally. She then advanced to second on a wild pitch, setting up Kristina Schmallen for the sacrifice bunt to advance her to third. Deitrich then walked to put runners on the corners. Chavez singled up the middle to score Hodgins and advance Deitrich to second. With Elcess up to bat, Chavez and Deitrich both advanced an extra base on a wild pitch, setting runners on second and third. Elcess eventually walked to load the bases. Freshman Analise Rubalcava kept a good eye at the plate, drawing the walk and the RBI to give the Lobos a final leading score of 7-3.
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Kristen Schell and DaQueta Johnson each had home runs in separate innings to lead the Purdue Boilermakers to a 7-1 victory over the New Mexico Lobos in UNM's first game of the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic in Las Vegas, Nev. Purdue improved to 4-2 while New Mexico dropped to 0-6 on the season.
Purdue got on top first in the top of the first inning when Tricia Lilley tripled to left field to drive home Katie Mitchell from third base. Mitchell got on base previously on a fielder's choice. She stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch to set up the RBI for Lilley.
The Boilermakers didn't strike again until the fourth inning where they scored three runs on an RBI double and two pass balls that allowed Purdue's runners to advance home.
At the top of the fifth inning, the Boilermakers scored two more runs when Schell homered, to put the score up 6-0.
The Lobos put one run on the board in the bottom of the fifth inning. Amy Ray started off New Mexico with a single up the middle. Liz Young then doubled to right center, advancing Ray to third base. Jennifer Deitrich singled to third base to get Ray home and advance Young to third. Purdue's first baseman caught a line drive off Samantha Hughes' bat for out one. Outs two and three came in a double play to end New Mexico's scoring chances.
Johnson's solo homer in the sixth inning, topped off Purdue's scoring breakthrough in the game, giving the Boilermakers the 7-1 win.
Winning pitcher for Purdue was Brooke Baker (1-2) as she held New Mexico to one run on seven hits. Freshman Jen Mendenhall (0-3) took the loss for the Lobos, allowing four runs on six hits over 3.2 innings of work in the circle.
Three different Lobos went 3-for-2 in the game, including Young, Ray and Deitrich. Ray also had one run scored while Deitrich had an RBI.