Feb. 26, 2006
EL PASO, Texas - Designated player Lindsey Elcess went 4-5 and drove in six runs to lead New Mexico to a 10-7 come-from-behind victory over UTEP in eight innings on Saturday afternoon at Helen of Troy Stadium. UNM (5-12) outscored UTEP (3-10) 9-1 over the final four innings, coming from five runs down to win its third straight game.
Senior shortstop Cassie Chavez went 4-4 with four runs scored and knocked in the go-ahead run with two outs in the eighth to send the Lobos to their fourth win in the past seven games. Fellow senior Katie Gregg (2-3) came out the bullpen, holding the Miners to just one hit and one run, and striking out six over the final five innings to win her second game of the season.
Down 6-1 in the fifth, Chavez and Elcess hit consecutive two-out singles off UTEP starter Meagan Teal, setting the table for red-hot second baseman Kristina Schmallen. Schmallen didn't disappoint, blasting her sixth homerun of the season over the left field fence to make it a two-run game.
Still trailing 6-4 with one out in the seventh, Chavez singled down the line and Elcess tied the game with a two-run shot to left to chase Teal.
Pinch runner Heather Carter, who started the inning on second due to the international tie-breaker rule, scored when Chavez dropped a bases-loaded singled to left off UTEP reliever Veronica Flo (1-2), giving the Lobos a 7-6 lead. Elcess then cleared the bases with a double to left-center to cap the four-run inning.
UTEP put a run across in the eighth and had a runner on first before Gregg struck out pinch hitter Meghan Stone and induced the second pinch hitter, Kandice Henry, into a game-ending 5-4-3 double-play.
After their grueling 17-game road swing to open the season, the surging Lobos open the 2006 home schedule next Saturday against Utah Valley State. First pitch of the double-header is scheduled for noon at renovated Lobo Field. New Mexico and Utah Valley State meet again for a double-header on Sunday also starting at noon.