May 9, 2004
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - The New Mexico softball team (29-34, 3-16) fell in its final two games of the regular season to Colorado State today to earn the sixth seed in the Mountain West Conference Championships this weekend in Fort Collins, Colo. The Rams won game one 8-0 in five innings and rallied for a 6-4 win in game two.
Colorado State started game one with a four-run second inning produced by Rachelle Padeway's two-run single and Stephanie Roberts two-run double. The Rams added three more runs in the fourth on a Roberts homerun. The game-ending run came in the fifth on a Padeway sac fly.
Megan Masser earned the complete-game win, allowing two hits, two walks and two strikeouts. Junior Ashley Perkins suffered the loss, tossing 1.2 innings for two hits, four earned runs and three walks. Sophomore Iraina Ogas threw 3.1 innings of relief, giving up six hits, four earned runs, two walks and two strikeouts.
New Mexico worked for a 4-2 lead through the first four innings of game two. Junior Cassie Chavez belted a two-run homer to left in the second bringing home sophomore Stephanie Kennedy. Kennedy then tripled to center in the third, driving in senior Ora Hensley and sophomore Jamar Bynum.
The Rams rallied with a four-run fifth thanks to a Jessica Strickland two-run double and a Brittany Huerta two-run homer for a 6-4 win.
Strickland earned the win with a six-hit, six-inning performance. Masser tossed one inning of relief for one strikeout. Perkins suffered her second loss of the day, throwing 4.2 innings of relief for six hits, three earned runs, one walk and three strikeouts. Senior Amy Dumas started the game going 2.1 innings for seven hits, two earned runs and one strikeout.
The Lobos enter the conference championships Thursday, May 13th as the sixth seed. They will take on third-seeded BYU at 9 a.m. If the Lobos win they will take on second-seeded San Diego State at 2 p.m. If the Lobos lose they will face the winner of fourth seed Utah vs. fifth seed UNLV on Friday at 9 a.m.