April 5, 2008
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah --- New Mexico softball fell to Utah, 4-3, Saturday at Ute Field. The Lobos rallied late with three runs in the seventh but could not overcome Utah. Freshman Tianna George went 3-for-3 with an RBI against the Utes. New Mexico dropped to 17-14 overall and 2-2 in the Mountain West Conference. The Utes improved to 19-18 on the year and 2-2 in the MWC.
New Mexico had six hits in the contest. The Lobos had two walks in the fourth but grounded into a double play to end the inning. In the fifth, UNM had two hits but lined into a double play and had a runner thrown out at the plate. Freshman Tianna George had a run-scoring double in the seventh and UNM scored two runs on a four fielding errors. The Lobos stranded six runners on-base in the game.
Utah plated two runs in the fifth inning on three hits. The Utes led off the inning with a single up the middle and followed that up with a run-scoring single down the left field line. Staci Hemingway placed the ball down the line allowing Kristie Keller to score from second. The final run for Utah came on an Angie Boardman single to right field. The Utes led 2-0 after five innings.
Utah added two more in the bottom of the sixth inning on a two-run single by Hemingway. The single was the sixth hit for Utah and allowed Sharee Fonoti and Keller to score. The Utes extended their lead to 4-0 after six innings and would hold on for the win.
New Mexico scored a run in the seventh on a RBI double by George. George hit the bottom of the fence allowing junior Analise Rubalcava to score. UNM added two more runs in the inning on fielding miscues by Utah. The Lobos stranded a runner on base in the final inning.
Lobo freshman Madelyn Machac started and threw a complete game against the Utes. Machac dropped to 2-2 on the season after allowing four runs on six hits. UNM made three errors in the game defensively.
Brittany Parker threw a complete game for Utah after allowing three runs on six hits.
New Mexico travels to Las Cruces, N.M., Tuesday to face the Aggies. UNM and NMSU will play for the 130th time in the Rio Grande Rivalry. The game is slated to start at 6:30 p.m.