March 13, 2004
NORMAN, Okla. - The New Mexico softball team (16-13) fell in both games of a doubleheader against Centenary today in day two of the Oklahoma Worth Invitational. The Ladies won game one, 6-1 and game two, 3-2.
In the first game, Centenary opened the scoring in the second inning when Lindsey Virdell drove in Lory Kowaleski with a bloop single to right field. After a three-hour rain delay in the bottom of the third inning, Lauren Brownlee hit a bases-loaded single to drive in Katie Harwick and make the score 2-0.
Janis Kelley broke the game open in the fourth inning with a three-run home run to right field.
Centenary's Cathy Byrne (3-5) came within one inning of a complete game shutout, scattering eight hits and giving up one seventh-inning run to earn her third victory of the season. Pitching for the Lobos, junior Ashley Perkins (8-2) suffered her second consecutive loss. Perkins pitched 3.1 innings, giving up four hits, two earned runs, four walks and one strike out. In relief, sophomore Iraina Ogas tossed 2.2 innings for two hits, one earned run, one walk and three strike outs.
At the plate, Ogas was 2-4 while Sandberg was 2-3 with one run scored. Chavez had the lone RBI for New Mexico and senior Kim Korsak drew two walks.
Centenary (13-11) again scored the first run in game two of the doubleheader, as Kowaleski drove in Micah Rhodes with a two-out single to right-center field. In a repeat of the first game, Brownlee hit a bases-loaded single in the third inning to plate another Centenary run, and a throwing error by New Mexico (16-13) gave the Ladies a 3-0 lead.
Cheyenne Daries pitched 5.1 innings, allowing nine hits, two earned runs and striking out three. Kelley came on in relief and pitched 1.2 innings to pick up her third save of the season. Senior Amy Dumas took the loss, throwing a complete game with nine hits allowed, two earned runs, one walk and 12 strike outs.
Sophomore Stephanie Kennedy led the Lobo offense going 3-4 with a double. Hutson was 2-3 with one run scored while Sandberg was 1-3 with a double resulting in two RBI. Junior Ashley Shartzer also doubled in the game.
The Lobos look to rebound from their four-game skid tomorrow at 10 a.m. CT when they face McNeese State in the final day of the tournament.