March 25, 2006
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The University of New Mexico got back to its winning ways today, sweeping a doubleheader from Northern Colorado at Lobo Field. New Mexico (17-13) improved to 12-1 at home and won for the 15th time in 16 games, downing UNC (7-21) 6-5 in the first game and 9-1 (six innings) in game two. Senior Katie Gregg picked up the win in both games, striking out seven in 7 1/3 innings of work. Fellow senior Kristina Schmallen blasted her team-leading eighth homerun of the season and drove in four runs, while former Albuquerque La Cueva standout Samantha Hughes went 5-8 and had three runs batted in.
The Lobos wrap up their non-conference schedule tomorrow with another twinbill against the Bears. First pitch is scheduled for noon.
Game 2 (UNM 9, UNC 1 - 6 innings)
New Mexico put five runs on the board in the first inning and never looked back en route to a convincing 9-1 six-inning win in the second game of the doubleheader against Northern Colorado. Senior Katie Gregg struck out six, while Kristina Schmallen and Analise Rubalcava each homered to lead the Lobo attack. UNM improved to 17-13 on the year, while UNC fell to 7-21.
The Lobos jumped all over Bear starter Shea Carpenter (3-5), knocking out four hits in the first frame, including Schmallen's team-leading eighth homerun of the season, a three-run shot to right-center. The five-run cushion was more than enough for Gregg (8-4), who scattered six hits and walked just one in her team-best fifth complete game victory of the season.
In the third, New Mexico touched up UNC reliever Hillarie Van Otterloo as freshman third baseman Analise Rubalcava ripped her second homer of the season over the center field fence to score senior Lindsey Elcess.
Northern Colorado got one back in the fourth as Van Otterloo scored from third when the Lobos tried to throw out pinch runner Heather Beffert, who stole second. Gregg, however, came back to strike out the final three batters of the inning.
UNM put up two more runs on three doubles by pinch hitter Becky Dover, Samantha Hughes and Cassie Chavez to end the game in the bottom of the sixth. Dover notched her first base hit of the season, while Hughes and Chavez both went 2-4 with two RBI in the second game.
Schmallen led the Lobos with three runs batted in, while Rubalcava went 3-3 with two RBI and two runs scored. Elcess was 2-2 with a run scored as four Lobos notched multiple hits.
Game 1 (UNM 6, UNC 5)
Lindsey Elcess' two-out double in the bottom of the sixth propelled the New Mexico to a 6-5 win over Northern Colorado in the first game of the doubleheader. Elcess ripped a 2-2 pitch from Hillarie Van Otterloo into right-center, scoring Cassie Chavez from second. Chavez had kept the inning alive with her first hit of the game, a two-out single to left.
Lobo senior Katie Gregg (7-4) held the Bears to just one hit over the final 1 1/3 innings to get the win in relief. Gregg was helped by some stingy defense in the top of the seventh. Rookie third baseman Analise Rubalcava snared a low liner for the first out and senior second baseman Kristina Schmallen went deep in the hole to gun down two UNC players at first. Schmallen's last throw came with the tying run on base after Van Otterloo had doubled to left-center.
Van Otterloo fell to 2-8 on the season, allowing one run on two hits, with one walk in 2 2/3 innings of relief.
New Mexico (16-13) built a 5-0 lead through four innings behind a strong start from freshman hurler Jen Mendenhall. Mendenhall ran into some bad luck with two outs in the top of the fifth, however, as Kelsey Dumler singled up the middle and Mackenzie Barrett followed with a homerun to left.
The two-out trouble continued in the top of the sixth. With a runner on first, Mendenhall got pinch hitter Katelyn Landorf to wave at strike three, but the ball skidded to the backstop, allowing Landorf to advance to first and extend the inning. The next batter, Aubrey Barnes, then hit the ball over the centerfield fence to knot the game at five.
Mendenhall, who finished with eight strikeouts, gave up another single and a walk before Gregg came on to get the Lobos out of the jam by striking out Barrett.
Samantha Hughes led the Lobos' at the plate, going 3-4 with one RBI. Elcess went 2-3, including the game-winning RBI.