April 9, 2006
The University of New Mexico softball team broke into the win column in Mountain West Conference action today, splitting a double-header at UNLV. Freshman Analise Rubalcava's home run in the first game gave the Lobos a 1-0 win. The Rebels plated four runs in the second game to get the 4-2 win.
Senior Katie Gregg was excellent on the mound in the first game today, tossing a 1-hit shutout. She struck out seven batters while allowing the fewest hits of the season. New Mexico scattered six hits over seven innings, but Rubalcava provided the heroics in the fifth inning. She blasted her third home run of the season over the left field wall for the only run of the game. Gregg improved to 11-4 on the year.
In the second game, New Mexico fell behind 3-0 after the fourth inning, but tried to mount a comeback in the sixth. Sophomore Lindsey Elcess smacked a 2-run homer in the top of the sixth, her eighth of the year, to bring UNM to within 3-2. UNLV added an insurance run in the bottom half of the inning and held on for the win.
The Lobos' win in the first game gave head coach Kim Newbern the 300th of her career. She has a 300-235-1 record in 10 years as a head coach. Her record at UNM now stands at 91-124-1. Overall the Lobos are 20-18 and 1-5 in MWC action.
UNM returns home on Thursday, April 13, for a double-header against BYU at Lobo Field at 1:00 p.m. (M.D.T.). The Lobos will also face Utah in a double header on Sunday beginning at noon (M.D.T.).