May 13, 2005
SAN DIEGO - Sophomore Ryanne Hodgins' RBI single in the bottom of the 13th inning pushed fifth-seeded New Mexico to a 3-2 victory over sixth-seeded San Diego State Friday afternoon at the MWC Softball Championship in San Diego. The win keeps the Lobos (16-33) alive in the double-elimination tournament, while the loss ends San Diego State's season at 27-30.
New Mexico jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the third inning thanks to junior Kristina Schmallen, whose RBI triple to right center plated sophomore Amy Ray. Junior Cassie Chavez brought Schmallen in two at-bats later with her RBI single to left, putting the Lobos up 2-0.
San Diego State answered back in the top of the fourth as Tariyn Casillas singled, advanced to second on an errant throw by Ray in center field, advanced to third, then scored on an error by Schmallen at second. The Aztecs tied the score at two apiece on Chrissie Markham's lead off home run in the top of the fifth.
The two teams went scoreless over the next seven innings before the Lobos finally took control of the game, starting with freshman Christina Rios' single to start the bottom of the 13th. Sophomore Becky Dover, who pinch ran for Rios, advanced to second on classmate Liz Young's sacrifice bunt and came around to score of Hodgins' single to left field, narrowly beating out the throw to home.
Senior Ashley Perkins (5-14) picked up the victory for New Mexico while Cori Janelli was credited with the loss for the Aztecs. Perkins threw eight innings of relief for six hits, two walks and two strikeouts. Junior Katie Gregg started for UNM, going five innings, allowing five hits, one earned run and two walks.
San Diego State outhit New Mexico 11-7 and stranded 13 baserunners compared to the Lobos' four. Janelli had retired 27 straight Lobos, heading into the 13th inning.
The Lobos will face top-seeded BYU this afternoon. The scheduled start time is 4:30 p.m. PT or approximately 30 minutes after the Colorado State-Utah game.