Feb. 18, 2005
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - For the first time since March 24, 2002, the New Mexico State softball team (7-5) beat the Lobos (0-7). The Aggies, having lost the last 11 meetings, won the first of four meetings this season, 3-1, hosting New Mexico in the Troy Cox Classic.
Cassandra Gonzales single-handedly got the Aggies on the board in the first inning. Gonzales led off the inning with a single to left. Immediately following Stacy Knight's strikeout, Gonzales stole second and advanced to third on an error by sophomore catcher Liz Young before scoring.
New Mexico State pushed its lead to two in the second as Princess Moore singled to bring home Sarah O'Neill who walked to lead off the inning. One inning later, O'Neill doubled to right center, driving in Knight, who also lead off the inning with a walk.
New Mexico put a dent in the Aggie lead in the fifth thanks to sophomore Amy Ray and senior Ashley Shartzer. Shartzer double to center field iwth one out and Ray brought her home with a double to left field with two outs. It was the only inning that the Lobos would see more than one runner on base.
Sarah Seagraves improved to 6-3 after her four-hit complete game. She gave up no walks and sat down 12 batters. Sophomore Caley Peterson fell to 0-4 after tossing a complete game for five hits, three earned runs, five hits and seven strikeouts.
Gonzales and O'Neill led New Mexico State at the plate. Gonzales was 2-4 with one run scored while O'Neill was 1-2 with a RBI and one run scored. Ray had the lone RBI for New Mexico. Shartzer, sophomore Ryanne Hodgins and freshman Ashley Allen had the other hits.
The Lobos return to the field tomorrow, taking on Loyola-Chicago at 5 p.m. followed by Mountain West Conference rival Colorado State at 7 p.m.