Feb. 11, 2006
Game 1 #7 Stanford 3 New Mexico 2
Tempe, Ariz.- Lindsey Elcess slammed a two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh with two outs to shorten 7th-ranked Stanford's lead to 3-2, but the Cardinal held on to edge out the Lobos for the win on the second day of the Kajikawa Classic. Stanford improved to 3-0 while the Lobos dropped to 0-3.
Freshman pitcher Jen Mendenhall completed her first game of the season for New Mexico. The young hurler held Stanford's bats to three runs on five hits over seven innings of work.
The Cardinal scored one run in the top of the first inning off an RBI single from Maddy Coon.
Mendenhall's pitching and the Lobos's solid defense kept Stanford from scoring up until the fifth inning when the Cardinal was able to slip by two runs on a pass ball and a New Mexico error, extending their lead to 3-0.
In the top of the seventh inning, Stanford threatened one more time when Anna Beardman singled to New Mexico's Amy Ray in centerfield. Stanford's Missy Penna was waved around from second to score, but Ray's perfect throw to catcher Liz Young was just in time for the out.
Stanford's pitcher Becky McCullough had the win, holding New Mexico to two runs on five hits, including nine strikeouts.
Game 2 Arizona State 3 New Mexico 2
New Mexico softball lost another close one as it fell to Arizona State, 3-2, in the second game on the second day of the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz. Senior Kristina Schmallen captured her third home run of the tournament, as she led the Lobos at the plate going 3-for-3 with two runs scored.
Arizona State's Kim Zadrozny had an RBI single to put the Sun Devils on the board at the top of the first inning.
Freshman Samantha Hughes helped the Lobos tie the Sun Devils in the bottom of the fourth inning with an RBI single to the left side. Schmallen, who doubled to right center to start the inning, was the tying run.
Arizona State pulled away in the next inning, scoring two runs off a two-RBI double from designated hitter Kristen Miller. New Mexico's last attempt came in the fifth inning with Schmallen's solo home run, but Arizona State would hold on to make the final score 3-2. The Sun Devils improved to 4-0 while the Lobos dropped to 0-4.
Katie Gregg (0-2) took the loss for New Mexico, allowing three runs on eight hits over six innings of work in the circle.
Desiree Serrano had the win for ASU, holding UNM to one run on one hit over 3.1 innings in the circle.
The Lobos are back in action tomorrow for the final day of the Kajikawa Classic as they play one game against 5th-ranked Arizona at 9 a.m. MT. For immediate results of New Mexico's game against Arizona visit Arizona State's athletic web site at www.thesundevils.com. The softball page will have Kajikawa Classic game results from the day.