Feb. 15, 2008
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - New Mexico softball defeated Georgia Tech, 1-0, and dropped a 10-2 decision to No. 2 Alabama on the opening day of the Hampton Inn Crimson Classic held in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Senior pitcher Kelly Ninemire highlighted the doubleheader after dominating the Yellow Jackets in the first game and picked up her second win of the season. After the opening day of the tournament, UNM is 3-2 overall and will play two games Saturday as the tournament continues from the Alabama Softball Complex.
Sophomore Samantha Hughes scored the lone run of the game in the first inning against Georgia Tech and was 1-for-2 at the plate with a run scored and a walk. Hughes leadoff the inning with single to center field and quickly moved into scoring position with her second stolen base of the year. She would eventually score on a throwing error by the Yellow Jacket catcher.
Ninemire was solid for 6 innings as she struck out four Georgia Tech batters and was able to get of trouble numerous times forcing the Yellow Jackets to leave nine runners on-base. Ninemire improved to 2-0 with the victory and has a 0.54 earned run average. Freshmen pitcher Kyla Nelson recorded her first career save allowing no hits in the final inning and striking out one.
New Mexico (2) at No. 2 Alabama (10)
UNM dropped a 10-2 run-rule decision in five innings against No. 2 Alabama in the afternoon game. The nationally-ranked Tide plated 10 runs on 11 hits in the game and improved to 7-0 this season. The Lobos, who fell to 3-2 overall, tried to rally back in the top of the third with two runs but the Alabama offense proved to be too much for New Mexico.
In the third inning, freshman Kim Holyfield hit an RBI triple to center field with one out to score sophomore catcher Erin Brandow. Brandow scored after walking to reach base. Moments later, Holyfield scored the second and final run for UNM on a wild pitch.
Offensively, the Lobos recorded hits from junior Analise Rubalcava and Holyfield. Holyfield highlighted the game going 1-for-2 with a run scored and an RBI.
Nelson took the loss for the Lobos and fell to 1-2 on the year. She pitch 4.2 innings allowing 10 runs including three unearned. Nelson had three strikeouts in the game and allowed four walks.
New Mexico continues the Hampton Inn Crimson Classic Saturday at 11 a.m. CT against Middle Tennessee State. The Lobos enter bracket play Saturday afternoon and Sunday. The games will be available via gametracker on www.GoLobos.com.