March 5, 2005
LUBBOCK, Texas - With the game tied at six in the seventh, Texas A&M Corpus Christi (18-1) put up the winning run, downing the Lobos, 7-6. The Islanders battled back from a five-run deficit in the fifth in the first game of day two action at the Mutual of Omaha Lady Raider Classic. New Mexico falls to 3-13 overall and 1-2 at Texas Tech's tournment.
The Islanders came out swinging as Erica Armenta tripled to right center in the first at bat of the game. Crystal Russell followed with a double down the left field line, driving in Armenta for the 1-0 lead.
The Lobos struck back in the bottom of the inning, putting two runs of their own on the scoreboard. Freshman Christina Rios doubled to center, bringing home sophomore Amy Ray. Junior Cassie Chavez also doubled, driving in Rios.
New Mexico built its lead to five in the third. Rios singled through the left side, bringing home sophomore Ryanne Hodgins. Senior Ashley Shartzer singled to left, allowing Ray to score. Sophomore Becky Dover also singled to left, driving home Rios. Sophomore Liz Young reached on a fielder's choice as freshman Ashley Allen scored.
But it wasn't enough to hold of Texas A&M Corpus Christi. Megan Hansen launched a two-run homer scoring Russell in the fifth. Shannon Stein also belted a home run that brought home Jen Golden and Nekkia Neash to tie the game.
Holly Kellogg scored the winning run in the seventh as Lauren Peters reached on an error. Chavez tried to even out the score, working her way to second in the bottom of the seventh, but her teammates could not bring her across the plate.
Sophomore Caley Peterson took the loss, throwing 2.2 innings of relief for five hits, four earned runs, one walk and three strikeouts. Senior Ashley Perkins started the game, going 4.1 innings for four hits, three earned runs, three walks and two strikeouts.
Sarah Pauly improved to 15-1 for the Islanders, pitching 4.2 innings of relief for one hit and eight strikeouts for the win. Jennifer Cummings started the game, going 2.1 innings for five hits, three earned runs, two walks and one strikeout.
The Lobos finish the day with tournament host Texas Tech at 2 p.m. CT.