May 6, 2005
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The winless streak is over. The New Mexico softball team finally won its first game on an opponent's home turf. The Lobos, who lost the first game against San Diego State 3-0 to push the streak to 13 consecutive losses on the road this year, rebounded for a 3-2 win in game two.
While Aztec ace Celena Velasquez was effectively handling the Lobo hitters, allowing just three hits through the first five innings of game one, senior Ashley Perkins found herself in a 2-0 hole in the third as San Diego State scored two unearned runs.
In the sixth, Taryin Casillas belted a leadoff home run to left, pushing the Aztec lead to 3-0.
In the end, San Diego State won 3-0 behind Velasquez' four-hit complete game, where she struck out two while allowing no walks. Perkins tossed a nine-hit complete game for one earned run and five strikeouts.
Game two started off in favor of the Aztecs too. Lacey Craft scored an unearned run on a single to center field hit by Chrissie Markham. Craft reached on an error to lead off the inning.
The scored turned in favor of New Mexico in the fourth inning. With two outs and the bases loaded, sophomore Liz Young drew a walk that pushed junior Cassie Chavez across the plate. Senior Ashley Shartzer followed with a single to center field, driving in sophomore Becky Dover and freshman Christina Rios for the go-ahead and game-winning runs.
Craft had a key at bat in the seventh with two outs, reaching on an error and allowing Allison Smith to score a run to pull within one. But the Lobo defense held tough for the win.
Junior Katie Gregg earned her eighth win of the season, hurling a six-hit complete game. She allowed no earned runs, walked five and struck out three. SDSU's Cori Janelli took the loss, going 3.2 innings for four hits, three earned runs, two walks and six strikeouts. Velasquez threw 3.1 innings of relief. She did not allow a hit or run and struck out six.
The Lobos (15-30, 5-13 MWC) won the season series 3-1 over San Diego State, which fell to 24-28 overall and 2-16 in the Mountain West Conference.
New Mexico concludes the regular season on Sunday in Las Vegas, Nev. The Lobos will play a doubleheader against UNLV with game one's first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m. PDT.