Feb. 10, 2006
Game 1 Northridge 15 New Mexico 7
Tempe, Ariz. - After eight innings, New Mexico softball fell 15-7 to Cal State Northridge in its first game of the season and first game of the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz.
The Lobos quickly jumped on the Matadors in the bottom of the first inning with senior Kristina Schmallen's two-run homer. Junior Ryanne Hodgins walked to lead off New Mexico and was advanced to second on junior Jennifer Deitrich's sacrifice bunt to set the table for Schmallen.
New Mexico added one run each in the second, fourth and fifth innings to give the Lobos a 5-0 lead heading into the sixth inning. At the top of the sixth, Northridge got on the board, scoring two runs off a home run by Janine Grund.
With New Mexico leading 5-2 in the seventh inning, Northridge battled back to tie the game. The Matadors' first scoring threat was shutdown by an on point relay by Deitrich in centerfield to Cassie Chavez at shortstop. Chavez nailed catcher Liz Young for a dramatic out at home. Northridge continued to knock on the door, loading the bases. One run was walked in, followed by Heather Martin's single that scored two more runs.
Northridge pulled ahead in the top of the eight inning, scoring 10 runs. In the bottom of the inning, New Mexico scored two runs to end their scoring chances.
Katie Gregg (0-1) took the loss of New Mexico, allowing 10 runs on nine hits over 6.2 innings of work in the circle. Schroeder (1-0) picked up the win in relief for the Matadors, holding the Lobos to three runs on one hit over four innings of work.
Schmallen led the Lobos at the plate, going 2-for-4 with four RBI and a home run.
Game 2 Wisconsin 5 New Mexico 3
The Wisconsin softball team handed New Mexico a 5-3 loss in the second game of the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz. Eden Brock was the winning pitcher for the Badgers, holding the Lobos to three runs on nine hits over seven innings.
New Mexico took the lead early in the first inning with another two-run homer from Kristina Schmallen. Chavez kept the ball rolling with a single to left field. Freshman Analise Rubalcava doubled to right field, bringing Chavez home for the Lobos' third run.
In the bottom of the second, Wisconsin answered with three runs to tie the game, including a two-run double by Wisconsin's Samantha Polito.
The Badger's last two runs came in the sixth inning when Lynn Anderson hit a two-run homer, giving Wisconsin the 5-3 win.
Caley Peterson (0-1) had the loss for New Mexico, allowing five runs on seven hits over six innings of work in the circle.
The Lobos continue play at the Kajikawa Classic tomorrow at 9 a.m. MT as they take on No. 7/9 Stanford, followed by a game with host Arizona State at 4:30 p.m. MT.