May 14, 2004
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - With the bases loaded and one out, San Diego closer Celena Velasquez got a strikeout and a ground out to hold on for a 2-1 win over the New Mexico softball team (30-35, 3-16) today in game three of the Mountain West Conference Championships at Ram Field on the Colorado State University campus. With the loss, the Lobos are eliminated from the tournament in the semifinal round.
The Aztecs' Danielle Touhey broke the scoreless game with her leadoff homer to right field in the third inning off sophomore Iraina Ogas. It was the first run Ogas had given up in 13 innings at the conference's championships.
Senior Ora Hensley belted a solo homer in the sixth with two outs to erase the SDSU lead. Joann Figueroa put the Aztecs back on top in the bottom of the inning with a sacrifice fly to left field, scoring Janna Kovensky who singled down the left field line to lead off the inning.
Ogas started the rally in the seventh for the Lobos with a leadoff single down the right field line. Junior Cassie Chavez layed down a sac bunt, advancing senior pinch runner Jen Sena to second. Senior Kim Korsak followed with a walk and junior Ashley Shartzer loaded the bases with one out after being hit by Velasquez. But the Lobos couldn't break Velasquez as she retired freshman Amy Ray and Ryanne Hodgins to end the game.
Ogas fell to 10-10 with the loss, despite a six-hit complete game, giving up only two walks and striking out four. Velasquez improved to 16-5, throwing two innings for two hits, one walk and one strikeout. Cori Janelli started the game for San Diego State, pitching five innings and allowing three hits while striking out two.
Hodgins led New Mexico at the plate hitting .500 (2-for-4) while Hensley, Ogas and Chavez were all 1-for-3. Touhey was a perfect 2-for-2 for the Aztecs while Kovensky, Kelcy Murphy, Erin Mahoney, and Meagan Hartung went 1-for-3.
With the win, second-seeded San Diego State advances to the championship game tomorrow at 2 p.m. The Aztecs will face the winner of top-seeded CSU and fourth-seeded Utah.