April 16, 2005
PROVO, Utah - A sixth-inning and seventh-inning rally by the Cougars of BYU lifted them to two wins over New Mexico to stay undefeated at home this year. BYU won game one 4-1 after scoring three runs in the sixth, then sent game two into extra innings after scoring three runs in the seventh before winning 7-6 in eight.
New Mexico came out swinging in game one, collecting a hit in both the first and second. The first inning saw the Lobos with runners at first and third with two outs but could not score.
BYU got on the scoreboard first as Krystle Chamberlain led off the fourth with a double down the left field line and then scored on a double by Paige Paramore that hit down the left line.
The Lobos tried to get on the board in the fifth as senior Ashley Shartzer singled to left center with one out for her second consecutive hit of the day. She moved up to second as sophomore Liz Young laid down a sacrifice bunt. But that is all the Lobos would muster in the inning.
With two outs in the sixth, New Mexico finally got on the board. Junior Cassie Chavez singled to left center and then advanced to third on a single through the right side by classmate Kristina Schmallen. Freshman Christina Rios singled through the left side to bring home Chavez.
The Cougar offense, which had been outhit 6-2 heading into the bottom of the sixth, came alive to score three runs on five hits. Lauren Watson-Perry scored the first run on an infield single by Ianeta Le`i. Chamberlain and Lindi Kennedy added the final runs, crossing the plate on a single from Ashlyn Russell.
Junior Katie Gregg suffered the loss, throwing a six-hit complete game for four earned runs, one walk and one strikeout. Summer Tobias picked up the win in a six-hit complete game effort, allowing one earned run, no walks and three strikeouts.
The Cougars' defense struggled immensely throughout the second game. In the second inning, Chavez led off with a double down the left line and then took third on a sac bunt from Schmallen. Shartzer followed by reaching on a fielder's choice and advanced to second on a poor throw. Freshman Lindsey Elcess then reached on an error by the catcher to load the bases. Freshman Ashley Allen, starting in left field in place of sophomore Becky Dover, came up with a huge double to right, driving in Shartzer and Chavez for a 2-0 lead. Young also reached on an error, this time by the shortstop, which allowed Elcess to cross the plate for the third run of the inning.
BYU erased the defecit in the third as Watson-Perry scored on a throwing error by sophomore pitcher Caley Peterson. Le`i also belted a two-run home run to left center that scored Chamberlain.
More errors by the Cougars led to New Mexico runs in the fourth as Allen scored on an error by the second baseman for a 4-3 lead.
Schmallen and Shartzer provided insurance runs in the seventh as Schmallen double to right to bring home Rios and then scored on a single from Shartzer.
But three runs was not enough to hold off the rallying Cougars. Chamberlain and Watson-Perry scored on a double from Paramore to pull within one with no outs. With the bases loaded and still no outs, Paramore scored on a fielder's choice as the Lobos opted for an out.Senior Ashley Perkins came in to relieve Peterson and struck out the first batter she faced to end the inning.
The Lobos couldn't get a run on the board in the eighth and a red-hot Chamberlain gave BYU the win, drawing a walk, stealing second and then scoring on a single from Le`i.
Peterson suffered the loss, allowing six hits but just three earned runs in 6.2 innings while walking six. Perkins allowed one hit, one earned run, one walk and one strikeout in one inning of work.
The Lobos fall to 13-22 overall and 3-5 in the MWC. They finish their road trip tomorrow in Salt Lake City against Utah. First pitch is slated for noon. UNM returns home for a twinbill with Colorado State on April 23, starting at 1 p.m.