March 27, 2008
SAN ANTONIO, Texas --- New Mexico softball belted four home runs on its way to a 15-7 six inning run-rule victory over UTSA Thursday at Roadrunner Field. The Lobos set season-high marks with 15 runs, four homers and 14 hits against the Roadrunners. UNM had five batters record at least two hits and improved to 15-10 overall. UTSA had four home runs as well and dropped to 16-14 on the season.
Sophomore Sara Loeffelholz led off the game with a first pitch homer over the right center field fence. The long ball was the fourth of the year for Loeffelholz and gave UNM a 1-0 lead.
The Roadrunners took their first lead of the game in the bottom of the second inning after hitting two home runs. Sophomore Kelly Cato gave UTSA a 2-1 lead with a two-run shot to left field. Kappler's long ball plated Kristin Kappler who reached on a double. Kourtney Jones added another run with a solo homer to left center. The Roadrunners finished the inning with three runs on three hits and led the game 3-1 after two.
New Mexico regained a 4-3 lead in the third inning. Senior Lindsey Elcess blasted a three-run homer to left center plating Tianna George and Loeffelholz. George reached base with an infield-single while Loeffelholz walked. The home run for Elcess was her team-leading ninth of the year and cleared the scoreboard. Elcess moved into sole possession of third place on the all-time home run list with 27.
UTSA tied the game at 4-4 in the bottom of the third inning on a solo homer by Leanne Risberg. Risberg belted a line shot down the left field line. After the homer, the Roadrunners had two runners on-base with one out but UNM managed to get out of the inning.
The Lobos broke open the game with a five-run fifth inning. UNM batted around the lineup and collected five singles. Freshman Gabriella Parra delivered a two RBI base loaded single up the middle scoring George and Samantha Hughes. Sophomore Katie Gilmore had a run-scoring single to right in the inning while junior Analise Rubalcava scored two runs with a single up the middle. UNM erupted for a 9-5 lead heading into the bottom of the fifth inning.
Whitney Balch helped UTSA climb back into the game with a three-run home run to left center. Balch blasted a 0-2 pitch deep allowing Risberg and Holmes to score after walking. UNM had two-out before the homer and managed to escape the inning with a 9-7 lead.
New Mexico responded with six runs in the sixth and extended its lead to 15-7. Hughes hit a solo home run to left and collected her first of the year. Gilmore followed four batters later with a three-run shot to right. Freshman Kim Holyfield and senior Ashley Allen had run-scoring singles in the inning.
Senior Kelly Ninemire pitched a complete game for New Mexico and improved to 10-7 overall. Ninemire allowed nine runs on six hits but controlled the UTSA batters for the victory. UNM closed out the sixth inning getting UTSA down in order 1-2-3.
Everyone in the UNM lineup had at least a hit in the contest.
New Mexico travels to San Marcos, Texas for a three-game set with Texas State this weekend. The games will be available via gametracker on www.GoLobos.com.