Feb. 24, 2004
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Junior pitcher Ashley Perkins has been named the Mountain West Conference Softball Pitcher of the Week. This is her first award as a Lobo. Colorado State sophomore Melanie Laffoon was named Player of the Week.
Perkins, a Shawnee, Kan., product, went 3-0 (two complete game shutouts) for New Mexico over the weekend at the North Texas/Betlin Roundup, striking out 23 and giving up 12 hits and an earned run in 21.0 innings on the mound. Against Southwest Missouri State, she struck out 11 batters and scattered three hits, earning her first complete game shutout of the weekend in New Mexico's 2-0 victory. In UNM's 2-0 win over Wichita State, Perkins struck out five, while giving up only three hits for her second complete game shutout in a row. She ended her tournament with a seven inning outing in the Lobos 2-1, eight inning win over Creighton. Against the Blue Jays, Perkins fanned seven, while giving up six hits and an earned run on the way to her third win of the tournament. On the season, she is 5-0 with a 1.86 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 37.2 innings of work.
Laffoon, a Scottsdale, Ariz., native, hit .400 (6-for-15) at the Troy Cox Classic last weekend, with three home runs, six RBI and five runs scored. She had a hit in four of five games for the Rams, including a 2-for-6 effort on the opening day of the tournament against Illinois-Chicago and No. 25 Texas-San Marcos. Laffoon went 1-for-3 from the plate and scored a run against the Flames, helping CSU to a 6-2 victory. Against the 25th-ranked Bobcats, Laffoon broke a 2-2 tie with her sixth inning three-run homer over the right field fence, giving the Rams a 5-2 advantage on the way to a 5-3 win. The victory over Texas-San Marcos was the first over a ranked opponent for Colorado State since joining the MWC. Laffoon followed that by going 3-for-3 against New Mexico State, smashing her second homer of the tournament (solo). She also had two RBI and scored two runs of her own in the 5-0 CSU win over the Aggies. She concluded her weekend with a solo shot against the 25th-ranked Bobcats, but the Rams fell short of their second upset of the tournament, losing 2-1.