March 12, 2005
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The New Mexico softball team won both games of a doubleheader with Indiana State, 4-1, in its first home games of the year at Lobo Field. With the win, the Lobos improve to 5-14 while the Sycamores stretch their losing streak to five games and fall to 4-7 overall.
Freshman Christina Rios got the Lobos on the board in the first with her first career home run as a Lobo. The two-run dinger brought home sophomore Ryanne Hodgins, who led off the inning with an infield single.
New Mexico pushed its lead to 3-0 in the fourth. With two outs, junior Kristina Schmallen, returning from an injury that benched her in the last tournament, singled and then advanced to second on a wild pitch during senior Ashley Shartzer's at bat. With a 2-2 count, Shartzer singled to right center, bringing home Schmallen.
Indiana State fought back to put one run on the board in the sixth as Jessica McGivney doubled to right center, allowing Lacey Frankland to score from first base.
The Lobos got the run back in the bottom of the inning though. Junior Cassie Chavez led off the inning with a double to left center. Three batters and two outs later, freshman Ashley Allen singled to left and drove home Chavez, who was on third after sophomore Becky Dover singled to left.
Senior Ashley Perkins earned her second win of the season. Perkins tossed a six-hit complete game for one earned run, one walk and eight strikeouts. ISU freshman Darcy Wood suffered the loss, throwing a nine-hit complete game for four earned runs, no walks and five strikeouts.
Overall, the Lobos collected nine hits from eight batters. Hodgins led the Lobos going 2-for-3 with one run scored. Melissa Biniewicz led Indiana State, going 2-for-3.
The Sycamores struck first in game two, scoring one run in the second inning as Kelsey Anderson singled to center, scoring Ashley Trover. But the Lobos quickly evened the score in the bottom of the inning as Allen singled to bring home Shartzer.
The following inning, Shartzer singled through the left side with the bases loaded to score sophomore Amy Ray. Dover followed with her own single, bringing home Schmallen and Rios.
Junior Katie Gregg improved to 3-1 on the season with the win. Gregg hurled a five-hit complete game, allowing one earned run, two walks and two strikeouts. McGivney took the loss, giving up 10 hits, four earned runs, one walk and two strikeouts in her complete game effort.
Ray led the Lobos at the plate in game two, going 3-for-4 with one run scored. Shartzer was also 2-for-3 with a RBI and one run scored. Trover was a perfect 2-for-2 for ISU with one run scored.
The Lobos and Sycamores will square off in another doubleheader that begins tomorrow at 10 a.m.