April 23, 2006
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - New Mexico gave Mountain West Conference-leading San Diego State a scare in game one, but was unable to knock off the Aztecs in either game of a doubleheader this afternoon at windy Lobo Field. Fifth-year senior Cassie Chavez crushed a grand slam homerun in the Lobos' (21-25, 2-12 MWC) upset bit, but SDSU (27-8, 12-0 MWC) scored a pair in the seventh to escape with an 8-6 win and remain undefeated in league play.
San Diego State used a 10-run third inning to blow open a 9-5 game en route to a 21-5 win in the second half of the doubleheader.
Chavez went 3-7 with six RBI in her final home series, while fellow senior Kristina Schmallen was also 3-7 with a pair of runs scored. Sophomore Lindsey Elcess was 3-6 with two runs batted in on the day.
The Lobos drew a crowd of over 500 for the third time this season as 513 braved the blowing sand and wind. New Mexico hits the road next week with a pair of doubleheaders at Utah (Friday, April 28) and BYU (Saturday. April 29).
Game 1 (SDSU 8, UNM 6)San Diego State freshman Monica Alnes' double snapped a 6-6 tie in the top of the seventh, propelling the Aztecs (26-8, 11-0 MWC) to a 8-6 win over a resilient New Mexico squad in game one of a doubleheader this afternoon at Lobo Field. UNM (21-24, 2-11 MWC) put the tying runs at second and third with one out in the bottom of the seventh, but Aztec reliever Celena Velasquez retired the next two batters to secure the win.
Down 6-0 through 3 1/2 innings, UNM fought back to tie the game in the bottom of the fifth on a grand slam by senior Cassie Chavez and RBI single by freshman Analise Rubalcava. Liz Young reached on an error, Jennifer Deitrich was hit by a pitch and Samantha Hughes drew a walk to load the bases with one out. Chavez then ripped the first offering from SDSU starter Christina Ross through a swirling sandstorm and over the centerfield fence for her sixth homerun of the season and 25th of her career.
Senior Kristina Schmallen kept the inning going with a double and sophomore Lindsey Elcess followed with a walk. Rubalcava then roped a single to left to knot the game at six and send Ross to the bench. Velasquez, however, struck out Ashley Allen and got Young to fly out to right to end the threat.
Erin Floros led off the seventh with a double to right-center and was replaced by pinch runner Amanda Beasley. Beasley moved to third on a wild pitch by UNM reliever Jen Mendenhall and gave the Aztecs the lead again two batters later when she scored on Alnes' double.
Mendenhall (6-11), who was solid in 3 1/3 innings out of the bullpen, got the next batter, Taryin Casillas, to fly out to the third baseman Rubalcava in foul territory and Schmallen gunned down pinch runner Jamie Burton at home for the second out of the inning. She was unable to close the door, however, walking Allison Smith to load the bases and forcing in another run with a free pass to the No. 9 hitter, Bree Boyer.
The Lobos refused to go quietly though as Schmallen singled and Elcess doubled with one out in the seventh. Velsquez, however, got a called third strike to end Rubalcava's 10-pitch at-bat and Allen lined out to the third baseman Casillas to end the threat.
New Mexico's Big Three of Chavez, Schmallen and Elcess combined to go 6-11 with five RBI and three runs scored, but the rest of the lineup finished a combined 3-29.
Velasquez allowed two hits and struck out five in 2 2/3 innings of work to pick up her ninth win of the season.
Game 2 (SDSU 21, UNM 5 - 5 innings)Monica Alnes and Taryin Cassillas went a combined 7-9 with 10 runs batted in to lead San Diego State to a 21-5 win over New Mexico in game two of a doubleheader at Lobo Field. The Aztecs (27-8, 12-0 MWC) blew open a 9-5 game with a 10-run fourth and added two more in the fifth to end the game after five innings.
Once again, the wind and blowing sand made things tough on both teams. Fly balls were an adventure and
After trailing 9-0 early, UNM (21-25, 2-12 MWC) rallied against game one winner Celena Velasquez with five runs in the third. Liz Young, Jennifer Deitrich, Ryanne Hodgins and Samantha Hughes all singled to lead off the inning, followed by a two-run double by senior Cassie Chavez. Fellow senior Kristina Schmallen singled to left and scored on sophomore Lindsey Elcess' double to chase Velasquez.
Alnes then came on to strike out freshman Analise Rubalcava, ending the threat.
It was all Aztecs after that as SDSU scored 12 unanswered runs and Alnes (2-0) allowed just two hits over the next two innings to pick up her second win of the season.
Freshman starter Jen Mendenhall (6-12) took the loss for the Lobos.