March 4, 2006
The University of New Mexico softball team came out in a big way for its first two home games, defeating Utah Valley State in both games of a doubleheader, 5-4 and 7-2. Senior pitcher Katie Gregg grabbed both wins today, improving her record to 4-3. The Lobos (7-12) are on a five-game winning streak as they enter a second doubleheader with the Wolverines (5-8) tomorrow starting at noon. Second game of the doubleheader will start at 2 p.m. Fans, remember to bring your ticket stub from the March 4 women's basketball game to receive $1 admission to the doubleheader.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Sophomore Lindsey Elcess singled up the middle to drive home the winning run for New Mexico in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the Lobos a 5-4 victory over the Utah Valley State Wolverines.
Winning pitcher for the Lobos was senior Katie Gregg, holding the Wolverines to no runs and no hits over 2.1 innings of work.
New Mexico jumped on the board first with two runs in the bottom of the first inning. Junior Ryanne Hodgins started off the inning with a triple, setting freshman Samantha Hughes up for a RBI single. Later in the inning, Kristina Schmallen fouled out to left field, but it allowed Hughes on third to tag up and score the second run for the Lobos.
Sophomore Ashley Allen nabbed her first home run of the season in the following inning, putting the Lobos up 3-0 in the second.
Utah Valley State scored one run in the third inning when Kaeleigh Forsyth tagged up from third on a fly ball to left field. The Wolverines then came back in the fourth inning to add three more runs and gain the lead. Gregg got the call from the bull pen to come in for starting pitcher Jen Mendenhall to finish the inning and eventually the game.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, New Mexico tied things up at 4-4 when senior Cassie Chavez hit a double to drive in Hughes who got on earlier with a single.
Neither team could find the winning run in the sixth inning, going three up and three down quickly on both sides.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, Hodgins was able to get things started again with a single. Hughes then walked to give the Lobos runners on first and second. Bases were loaded when Chavez was able to advance to first on an error by the pitcher. With one out and the table set, Elcess came through with a solid base hit to knock in the winning run.
Jackie Roberts (4-2) was the losing pitcher for Utah Valley State, allowing five runs on nine hits over 6.1 innings of work in the circle.
Chavez went 3-for-4 with one RBI while Hughes went 2-for-3 with one RBI. Hodgins was 2-for-4 with one RBI and Allen went 1-for-2 with one RBI and a home run.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - New Mexico's bats were alive in the second game of the doubleheader against Utah Valley State as the Lobos scored seven runs on 11 hits to defeat the Wolverines 7-2.
Utah Valley State answered with one run in the third inning, but the Lobos would come back in the bottom of the third to pull away even further, scoring four runs on four hits.
Ryanne Hodgins got things started in the bottom of the third inning with a single up the middle. Samantha Hughes then got on when the Wolverine's third baseman over threw the ball to first base. On the error, Hodgins was able to score while Hughes made it to third. Senior Cassie Chavez then went lights out with a two-run homer to left field. The fourth run was scored off a smoking base hit down the left field line by catcher Liz Young.
The Wolverines were able to get one more run in the top of the sixth, but it would not be enough as New Mexico's winning pitcher Katie Gregg would go on to hold Utah Valley State scoreless the rest of the way.
Gregg (4-3) held Utah Valley State's bats to two runs on seven hits in her second complete game this season.
Holly Marlow took the loss for the Wolverines, allowing seven runs on 11 hits over six innings pitched.
Chavez went 4-for-4 and hit her first home run of the season to give her two RBIs in the game. Elcess's home run in the first inning marked her fifth overall this year.