May. 1, 2005
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The New Mexico softball team ended two ugly losing streaks today with a 3-2 win in the nightcap of a doubleheader against Utah at Lobo Field. The Lobos, after losing game one to the Utes, 5-3, had an 11-game losing streak and four-game losing streak to Utah in tact.
The Utes scored the first run of the game on a sacrifice bunt from Devina Quintero. But freshman Lindsey Elcess singled to right field in the bottom of the inning, driving home juniors Cassie Chavez and Kristina Schmallen for a 2-1 lead.
The Utes would get three runs in the third to regain the lead thanks to a Ivette Hernandez three-run home run to right center. The fifth Utah run scored in the fourth as Diana Phillips singled to the shortstop, allowing the speedy Kelly Matthews to score from third.
Freshman Ashley Allen helped the Lobos get one run back in the fifth, reaching on an error by the shortstop that also gave Schmallen time to score from third.
Schmallen tried to create a rally in the seventh with a leadoff double to left center. With one out, Elcess was beaned in the chest and awarded first base. Allen followed with a single through the right side that would have loaded the bases but Schmallen tried to score and was called out at the plate. Elcess would line out to third to end the game.
Senior Ashley Perkins suffered the loss in her final appearance at Lobo Field. Perkins threw a 13-hit complete game for five earned runs, two walks and one strikeout. Utah's Lindsie Nielsen earned the win with a complete game, nine-hit effort. She allowed two earned runs, two walks and one strikeout.
Schmallen and Chavez were both 2-for-3 in game one with Schmallen scoring two runs and Chavez one. Allen was 2-for-4 with a RBI. Hernandez was 3-for-3 with three RBI and one run scored for Utah while Phillips was 3-for-4 with one RBI and one run scored and Jackie Wong was 3-for-4 with two runs scored.
The Lobos were outhit 13-9 with both teams stranding nine runners.
In game two, Utah got on the board in the first again, this time with Sarah Lyman singling up the middle for two RBIs as Phillips and Wong scored.
New Mexico almost tied it in the third as Schmallen singled to left and then almost got caught between first and second but was bailed out as sophomore Ryanne Hodgins took off for home, getting called out at the plate. The Lobos found themselves with runners at first and second with one out but the next to batters would record outs to end the inning.
Finally the luck turned the Lobos way and Allen hit a key two-out single to right field that scored Schmallen and Chavez to give UNM a 3-2 lead in the fifth.
Junior Katie Gregg settled the final two Utah innings, getting her seventh win of the season. Gregg tossed a five-hit complete game for two earned runs, one walk and three strikeouts. Utah's Brianna Gourdin took the loss, throwing an eight-hit complete game for two earned runs and two walks.
UNM outhit Utah 8-5 and stranded eight runners compared to the Utes' four.
Allen was 2-for-2 with one RBI in game two while Schmallen was 2-for-3 with one run scored. Lyman was the top Utah hitter in game two, going 1-for-3 with two RBI.
The Lobos improve to 14-29 overall and 4-12 in the Mountain West Conference while Utah falls to 18-25, 6-10 MWC.
New Mexico will conclude the regular season on the road. The Lobos play at San Diego State on Friday, May 6 and at UNLV on Sunday, May 8.