Shockers Take Down Lobos, 8-6
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  02/22/2008
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Feb. 22, 2008

Box Score

Designated hitter Cynthia Verhuist belted a 3-run homer in the fourth to give Wichita State an 8-6 victory over New Mexico in the opening day of the Lobo Invitational. WSU improves to 6-5 while the Lobos drop to 4-4 entering this evening's game against Texas Tech.

While it was a slugfest early, neither team scored after the fourth inning.

The Lobos, who led 6-4 after a grand slam by freshman DH Madelyn Machac in the second, never threatened after Verhuist's decisive blast off Lobo reliever Kyla Nelson (2-3).

WSU reliever Ashley Bright shut down UNM by allowing just one hit over the last four innings.

Katie McGeeney led off the game with a home run to right and Wichita State scored a pair of unearned runs off Lobo starter Kelly Ninemire to make it 3-0. Ninemire got just five outs before giving way to Nelson in the second.

UNM cut it to 3-2 in the home half of the first on a two-run triple by freshman Gabriella Parra, but WSU got a run back in the second on an RBI single by Kara L'Huillier.

Third baseman Ashley Allen led off the Lobo second with a single to right. Catcher Erin Brandow walked and center fielder Samantha Hughes singled to short, loading the bases for Machac. The freshman from Albuquerque Sandia ripped a shot to left field in just her second collegiate at-bat as the Lobos got their first lead of the game at 6-4.

Machac went 2-for-4 and scored two runs.

Right fielder Kiersten Dixon led off the fourth with a home run to trim the Lobo lead to 6-5. A walk to McGeeney and a force out set the stage for Verhuist.