Lobos Deal Bears With Two Losses For Second Consecutive Day
March 26, 2006
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The University of Northern Colorado softball team came out on the short end of a doubleheader against New Mexico on Sunday, dropping both games at the UNM Softball Complex.
The Bears (7-23) lost the first game 11-5 and were shut 8-0 in the finale. Freshman Hillarie Van Otterloo had a solid offensive performance for the second consecutive day, going 2-for-4 with a grand slam home run in the doubleheader.
New Mexico got the board first on a two RBI single in the bottom of the first inning to take a 2-0 lead. The Lobos scored another run in the bottom of the third on a sacrifice fly.
Northern Colorado clawed back in the top of the fifth inning by scoring five runs to take a 5-3 lead. Junior Casey Hogue led off the inning with a triple to right center. Morgan Dahlman drove in Hogue with a single up the middle. Later in the inning, Van Otterloo hit a grand slam to right field.
UNM took back the lead in the bottom of the fifth by scoring seven runs. The Lobos began the scoring with a three-run homer to center field to make it 6-5. New Mexico followed it up with a two run single, then capped off the inning with a two run double to extend its lead to 10-5. The Lobos added another run in the bottom of the sixth.
New Mexico's Katie Gregg stifled the Bears' offensive attack for the second consecutive day, holding the Bears to only three hits in game two. Van Otterloo was credited with the loss after pitching 1.1 innings and allowing three runs on four hits.
Northern Colorado will return to action on Friday for a doubleheader against Southern Utah in Cedar City, Utah. The first game is set for a 1 p.m. start.