March 28, 2004
DENTON, Texas - The New Mexico softball team (25-18) came up short in the final two games of the Mean Green/Wells Fargo, losing 3-1 to Northern Colorado and 7-6 to North Texas at Denia Park. The Lobos finished in fourth place going 2-4. Seniors Ora Hensley and Sabrina Sandberg and junior Cassie Chavez all made the all-tournament team.
Game one was a pitchers dual with only three hits allowed by both teams combined until the fifth innings. The Bears doubled that total in the fifth and scored one run. Erin Peterson hit a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Kelsey Dumler.
Junior Ashley Shartzer brought the Lobos back one inning later with her single to left center, bringing home Hensley.
Northern Colorado took the lead in the seventh as Brooke Boyer singled to center scoring Casey Hogue. Stephani Miller followed with an RBI single that scored Peterson. The Lobos managed to get freshman Ryanne Hodgins on base in the bottom of the seventh but couldn't capitalize, falling 3-1.
Junior Ashley Perkins fell to 12-5 after pitching the eight-hit loss. Perkins walked three and struck out nine in seven innings. Miller earned the win, tossing a five-hit complete game, walking one.
Senior Kim Korsak led off the fifth with a single to left field and then scored on junior Kelli Edelbrock's double. Three batters later, Hensley reached on an error by second baseman Nicole Rodriguez that allowed Edelbrock to score. Shartzer followed, reaching on an error by third baseman Ana Vega that scored freshman Irene Weik. After a pitching change, Chavez singled to bring home freshman Ryanne Hodgins. Sandberg then hit a sac fly to right, driving in Hensley. Edelbrock returned to the plate again with an RBI single this time to score Shartzer.
North Texas's game-winning run came in the sixth as Stephanie Cranmer singled to score Kelei Walker.
Senior Amy Dumas (6-10) suffered the loss, hurling a 10-hit complete game, walking two and striking out five. Mandy Hacker started the game for the Mean Green going 4.1 innings but Katy Maxey earned the win, pitching 2.2 innings for four hits and one walk and strikeout. Hacker allowed five hits and six runs, one earned.
On the weekend, Chavez led the team with her .412 average, compiling seven hits including one home run and four runs scored. Sandberg hit .333 that included three home runs, one being a grand slam. Hensley also hit .333 with three doubles.
The Lobos return home for the conference season opener on Saturday, April 3. New Mexico will host Colorado State for a doubleheader with game one starting at 1 p.m.