April 29, 2006
The University of New Mexico softball team was swept by BYU in Provo, Utah, today. The Lobos played tough in the first game, falling 9-8 to the Cougars on their Senior Day. BYU dominated the second contest, winning 16-1 in five innings. New Mexico falls to 22-28 on the season and 3-15 in MWC play.
Game 1 Recap
Seniors Kristina Schmallen and Cassie Chaves drove in six of the Lobos' eight runs in the first game. UNM posted four runs in the third and fourth inning, taking an 8-5 lead into the bottom half of the fourth. Chavez' fourth inning homer gave her eight on the year and 27 for her career, putting her alone in second place on UNM's all-time list.
BYU came back with two runs in their half of the fourth, and the tying run in the sixth, to even the game at 8-8 going into the seventh. The game looked to be heading into extra frames as BYU came up in the bottom of the seventh. Andrea Ramirez led off the inning with a double. Janna Anderson came in to pinch run for Ramirez and went to third on a sacrifice bunt from Emi Snow. Ianeta Le'i then drove in Snow for the game-winning run.
Game 2 Recap
BYU jumped all over UNM from the start of the second game. The Cougars plated 10 runs in the first inning and were never threatened, winning the game 16-1 in five innings. Junior Ryanne Hodgins went 2-3 from the plate and was the only Lobo with more than one hit. UNM avoided being shutout for the first time this season in the top of the fourth thanks to freshman Analise Rubalcava. She parked her fourth home run of the season over the right field fence to keep the Lobo scoring streak alive.
UNM travels to Colorado State next weekend for the final regular season games. The Lobos and Rams will play a doubleheader in Fort Collins, Colo., on Saturday, May 6, at 1:00 p.m. (M.D.T.).