May 14, 2004
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - Sophomore Iraina Ogas tossed a 10-inning, six-hit shutout to lead the sixth-seeded New Mexico softball team (30-36, 3-16) to a 1-0 upset over third-seeded BYU in game one of the Mountain West Conference Championship at Ram Field on the Colorado State University campus this morning. With the win, the Lobos eliminate BYU from the tournament and advance to the second round where they will face second-seeded San Diego State later today.
In the top of the 10th with one out, junior Ashley Shartzer singled down the left field line off Cougar starting pitcher Niki Andersen, causing head coach Gordon Eakin to replace Andersen with Brooke Boyce. Boyce struck out senior Sabrina Sandberg before freshman Ryanne Hodgins singled, moving Shartzer to second. Sophomore Jamar Bynum followed Hodgins, picking up the game-winning RBI, reaching on an error by first baseman Ianeta Le`i that allowed Shartzer to score.
Ogas closed out the 10th in order to preserve the win. Overall, she struck out eight batters and walked four. Ogas improved to 10-9 while Andersen fell to 18-7. Andersen pitched 9.1 innings, giving up five hits, four strikeouts and two walks. Boyce threw 0.2 innings of relief, allowing one hit and striking out one.
Hodgins led the Lobos going 2-for-5 while Bynum was 1-for-3. Senior Ora Hensley, Sandberg and Shartzer provided the other Lobo hits. Kate Walker (1-for-2 with two walks) and Jennifer Whiteley (2-for-4) led the Cougars at the plate.
The Lobos are scheduled to take on the Aztecs this afternoon at 2 p.m. It will be the first game of the tournament for San Diego State, who drew a bye in round one.