April 1, 2006
Game\ 2\ Box\ Score
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The University of New Mexico softball team dropped a pair of Mountain West Conference games to visiting Colorado State at the UNM Softball Complex today. The Lobos (19-14, 0-2 MWC) lost the first contest 12-7 and fell 9-3 in the second game.
Game 1 (CSU 12, UNM 7)
Julia Kloppe drove in three runs, including a two-run homerun with two outs in the second to propel Mountain West Conference leader Colorado State past New Mexico, 12-7, in the first league game for both teams. UNM (19-14, 0-1 MWC), fell behind 5-0 early, but battled back behind conference RBI leader Kristina Schmallen to tie the game at seven in the fifth inning. CSU (20-9, 1-0 MWC), however, took advantage of seven New Mexico walks to score the final five runs.
After being held to one hit through the first three innings by Ram starter Kim Klabough, the Lobo bats awoke with a four-run fourth. UNM had five hits in the frame, including four straight singles by Lindsey Elcess, Analise Rubalcava, Schmallen and Ashley Allen to cut the CSU lead to one, 5-4.
The Rams got two runs back in the top of the fifth off UNM reliever Jen Mendenhall before the Lobos rallied yet again. Ryanne Hodgins led off the bottom of the fifth with a triple, ripping a line drive over the CSU right fielder's head. Hughes then knocked an 0-2 pitch up the middle to plate Hodgins and Cassie Chavez dropped a perfect bunt single to send Klabough to the dugout.
Relief pitcher Jessica Strickland got Elcess swinging and Rubalcava to ground to second, but missed on a 2-2 pitch to Schmallen, who knotted the game at seven with a single down the left field line, tying the game at seven. Allen followed with a single up the middle to give UNM runners at first and second with two outs, but a stretching Kloppe picked Strickland's throw out of the dirt to nip Lobo catcher Liz Young on a tight play at first.
Mendenhall (5-8) and starter Katie Gregg, who re-entered in the seventh, ran into trouble in the final two innings as the Rams scored five runs on four hits and three walks. Strickland, meanwhile, settled down and held the Lobos hitless in the sixth and seventh to move to 8-7 on the season.
Schmallen went 2-4 at the plate and added two more RBI, moving her up to a tie for fourth on the UNM single season list with 36 this spring. Allen went 3-3 with an RBI and Hughes was 2-4 with two runs scored and an RBI to help power the UNM offense.
Game 2 (UNM 9, CSU 3)
CSU scored three runs in the first inning of the second game, including a two-run homer by Leigh. The Lobos tried to mount a comeback from the early deficit, scoring once in the third inning off a sacrifice fly by Cassie Chavez. CSU tacked on another run in the fifth inning, upping their lead to 4-2, but the Lobos pulled to with one run in the sixth. Kristina Schmallen led off the inning with a double and later scored on an RBI single by Ashley Allen. Allen would later score in an RBI single by Ryanne Hogins, putting the score at 4-3 going into the seventh.
The Rams put the game out of reach by plating five runs in the top half of the seventh for the 9-3 final. CSU has now defeated UNM 16 consecutive times as the Lobos drop back to back games for the first time since late February.
New Mexico will travel to San Diego State and UNLV next weekend for double-headers against the Aztecs and Rebels. UNM's next home game is April 13 at 1:00 p.m. (M.D.T.) against BYU.