May 13, 2005
SAN DIEGO - With one extra-inning win already under the belts of the New Mexico softball team today, the Lobos could not hold on for their second win, falling 2-1 to BYU in the 10th inning of game seven of the Mountain West Conference Championships. Top-seeded Brigham Young advanced to its second MWC championship game in its program's history with the win.
BYU picked up the first run of the in the bottom of the sixth, as Ianeta Le'i hit a one-out, bases-loaded single to center field scoring Krystle Chamberlain. The Cougars got hits in the inning from Lauren Watson-Perry, Paige Paramore, plus a walk to Debbie Dodds.
New Mexico tied it up in the top of the seventh after junior Cassie Chavez laced a one-out single and moved to second on a wild pitch, setting up freshman Christina Rios' two-out single to left with a full-count to plate the tying run.
BYU loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the seventh, but could not push across the winning run until in the bottom of the 10th when Dodds walked and advanced to second on a passed ball. Paramore singled to left field, scoring Dodds and ending the extra-inning affair.
Summer Tobias (17-6) picked up the win for BYU, throwing a complete-game four-hitter, striking out a MWC Championship record 14 batters. Senior Ashley Perkins (5-15) took the loss for UNM, going four innings in relief, allowing a run on four hits with seven strikeouts. Junior Katie Gregg started the game, hurling 5.1 innings for seven hits, one earned run, two walks and two strikeouts.
BYU outhit the Lobos 11-4 and stranded eight base runners compared to New Mexico's four. Chavez was 2-for-4 while Rios and freshman Lindsey Elcess were both 1-for-4.
The Cougars (43-12) will take on either No. 2 seed UNLV or No. 3 seed Colorado State on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. for the conference title and an automatic bid to the NCAA championships. The Lobos end their 2005 season at 16-34 overall and 5-15 in the MWC.