March 5, 2006
With two wins today in the final doubleheader with Utah Valley State, the University of New Mexico softball team lengthened its win streak to seven and improved its overall record to 9-12. The Lobos swept the four-game series against the Wolverines (5-10) this weekend to capture eight wins in the last 11 games played. In the first game today, New Mexico cruised to a 12-1 win in five innings, but the second game proved to be more thrilling as the Lobos battled the Wolverines in 10 innings to eventually win 6-5.
New Mexico is back in action at home next weekend as it takes on New Mexico State in a doubleheader on Saturday, March 11, starting at noon.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The Lobos generated nine runs in the bottom of the third to coast by Utah Valley State 12-1 in five innings in the first game of Sunday's doubleheader. Sophomore Lindsey Elcess and Ashley Allen cashed in at the plate, each hitting home runs for New Mexico. Allen also had a double and led the team with three RBIs in the game while Elcess had two RBIs.
Junior pitcher Caley Peterson earned her first win of the season as she is now 1-2 overall. In five complete innings, Peterson held Utah Valley State to one run on just one hit and tallied five strikeouts.
The Lobos also scored two runs in the bottom of the second and one more run in the fourth inning. Next to Allen and Elcess in the heavy hitting department was freshman Analise Rubalcava who went 2-for-3 with 1 RBI and a double. Senior Kristina Schmallen also went 2-for-3 with 2 RBIs.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - With two outs in the bottom of the tenth inning, scored tied at 5-5, sophomore Kayce Danna stepped up to hit a big single to shortstop that helped drive in catcher Liz Young as the winning run. The second game of the doubleheader went to three hours and three extra innings, but it gave New Mexico just enough time to pull out the 6-5 win in the final game against Utah Valley State.
Freshman pitcher Jen Mendenhall (4-7) earned her fourth win of the season as she held the Wolverines to two runs on eight hits over 7.2 innings of work in the circle.
The Wolverines scored the majority of its runs in the third inning, scoring three before Mendenhall got the call to come in for starting pitcher Katie Gregg.
The Lobos scored one run earlier in the second inning to get on top first when Young doubled to center field for the RBI. New Mexico would later come back in the fifth inning to tag on two more runs and tie the game at 3-3. The tying run was scored by senior Cassie Chavez who had earlier in the inning doubled to score freshman Samantha Hughes to put New Mexico within one run of tying the game. Freshman Analise Rubalcava came through with a single through the right side to score Chavez as the tying run.
Utah Valley State pulled away by scoring one more run in the top of the sixth inning.
New Mexico still trailing by one at the bottom of the seventh inning did not give up the fight. With two outs and Hughes on first, Rubalcava came through in the clutch again hitting a double down the right field line that allowed Hughes to score and tie the game at 4-4. The Lobos continued to knock on the door when Schmallen hit a ball to center field that looked like it would find the hole, but the Wolverine's center fielder Cari Hamilton made an excellent shoestring catch to get her team out of the inning.
Both teams would hold each other scoreless the next two innings. At the top of the tenth, the Wolverines scored one more run to obtain the lead. Hamilton led off the inning with a single and scored on a double by Heidi Boyer.
In the Lobos' at bats in the bottom of the tenth inning, the Wolverines looked like they had the win in their hands after getting the first two batters out right away. Sophomore Ashley Allen then gave hope back to New Mexico, reaching first base on an error by the shortstop. Young then kept the Lobos alive, hitting a fierce ground ball down the right field line for a double and the RBI to tie the game again. As a pinch hitter, Danna came in and singled to the shortstop. Her aggressive running to first made the shortstop hurry her throw and the ball ended up going over the first baseman's head. Young was waved around from second to score the winning run once the throw was misfired.
Clutch hitter Rubalcava went 2-for-5 in the game with two RBIs and one double while Young went 3-for-5 with two RBIs, two doubles and a triple.