Feb. 5, 2005
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - A rough third inning led to the demise of the New Mexico softball team (0-3) despite the efforts of senior Cassie Chavez. Chavez went 2-2 with two RBI, two walks and one run scored but the Lobos fell, 8-7, to UC Santa Barbara (3-3) for the second time in as many days.
With two outs in the first, Chavez lauched a two-run homer to left, driving home junior Kristina Schmallen. One inning later, Schmallen belted a home run of her own, bringing in sophomores Amy Ray and Liz Young.
With a 5-0 lead, the Lobos were once again plagued by a third inning jinx. New Mexico committed two errors and gave up eight runs on six hits. Brittany Putich had two singles and one run scored to lead the Gauchos in the inning.
Senior Ashley Perkins, pitching in relief of sophomore Caley Peterson, threw five innings for five hits, five runs, three walks and seven strikeouts. Peterson suffered the loss, going two innings for three hits, one walk and one strikeout.
UCSB's Lindsey Herrin earned the win, tossing just 1.1 innings for two hits, four runs, two walks and one strikeout. Putich and Jessica Hejna led the Gauchos at the plate, finishing 2-4 with a RBI and run scored.
The Lobos wrap up play at the Commercial Capital Early Bird Tournament in Santa Barbara, Calif. tomorrow. They take on 16th-ranked Oregon State at 9 a.m. PT followed by their third and final meeting with UC Santa Barbara at 11:30 a.m.