March 26, 2004
DENTON, Texas - The balls were sailing out of Denia Park in Denton, Texas today as the New Mexico softball team (25-14) launched five home runs in the wins against Harvard, 10-4, and Northern Colorado, 9-7.
In game one against Harvard, senior Sabrina Sandberg sent her first home run over the fence in the second inning on the 3-2 count for the 1-0 lead. One inning later, junior Ashley Shartzer padded the lead with her three-run home run that scored junior Cassie Chavez and senior Ora Hensley. Hensley had singled and Chavez walked with one out.
Chavez then joined in on the long-ball action with her two-run home run in the fifth to make the lead 6-0. Chavez' home run scored Hensley who had singled to right field again.
Harvard refused to go quietly, putting together a four-run inning in the sixth. The Crimson started the inning with three walks from junior Ashley Perkins, who then gave way to senior Amy Dumas. With two out and the bases loaded, Sara Williamson doubled off of Dumas to clear the bases. Virginia Fritsch, Pilar Adams and Julia Kidder scored. Erin Halpenny then reached on an error by shortstop Ora Hensley that allowed Williamson to score.
Sandberg squashed any chance the Crimson had at making a comeback in the seventh innings. With the bases loaded and one out, Sandberg hit a grand slam that scored Shartzer, Chavez and Hensley, giving the Lobos the 10-4 lead.
Hensley was 4-4 with three runs scored to lead the Lobos' charge. Chavez was 2-3 with two RBI and three runs scored while Sandberg went 2-4 with five RBI and two runs scored. Williamson lead Harvard at the plate, going 2-3 with three RBI and one run scored.
Perkins picked up her 11th win throwing 5.2 innings. Perkins allowed three hits and three earned runs while walking three and striking out five. Dumas tossed 1.1 innings for three hits and one run while striking out two. Kara Brotemarkle suffered the loss, pitching 2.2 innings for six hits and four earned runs. Michele McAteer threw 4.1 innings of relief for seven hits and six earned runs plus five strikeouts.
Game two took a little longer, but New Mexico eventually put the Bears away in eight innings.
Northern Colorado got one run back in the bottom of the inning as Whitney Platten singles to score Casey Hogue who led off the inning with a walk.
Freshman Amy Ray and Sandberg pushed the Lobo lead to 3-1 as Ray hit a sac fly to left that scored Sandberg. Erin Peterson erased the Lobo lead and gave UNC a 4-3 lead with her three-run in the bottom of the third that scored Nicole Martinez and Hogue.
Shartzer tied the game in the top of the fifth with her RBI single that scored Chavez who drew her second walk of the day. One inning later, Edelbrock game UNM the 6-4 lead with her home run that scored senior Jen Sena who walked to lead off the inning.
Peterson single-handedly pushed the game to extra innings with her second home run of the day, also scoring Martinez.
The Lobos capitalized on the Bears' mistakes to finally get the win. In the eighth, Hensley reached on an error by Martinez at second that allowed freshman Ryanne Hodgins and Sena to score. The final New Mexico run came two batters later as senior Kim Korsak singled to score Edelbrock. Northern Colorado got one run back in the bottom as Danelle Sayler scored on a throwing error by Sharzer but that was all the Bears could muster.
Perkins (12-3) picked up her second win of the day, hurling 1.2 innings in relief. She allowed just one hit and struck out one. Dumas got the start, going 6.1 innings for eight hits, five earned runs and 10 strikeouts. Sayler took the loss, throwing four innings in relief for five hits, two earned runs and five walks. Stacey Moon started the game, also throwing four innings and allowing four hits, two earned runs and three walks.
Edelbrock and Shartzer led the offense going 2-3 with two RBI apiece. Korsak was 2-4 with one RBI. Lamport led the Bears going 3-4 while Peterson and Platten were 2-4.
The Lobos continue play tomorrow at the tournament against North Texas and Harvard. They will play North Texas at 12:30 p.m. and Harvard at 3 p.m.