May 10, 2008
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- New Mexico softball fell to BYU, 8-4, Saturday night in the regular-season finale held at Lobo Field. The Lobos pounded out nine hits and scored four runs but could not overcome a late rally by the Cougars. Senior Lindsey Elcess highlighted the game for UNM going 2-for-4 with an RBI. New Mexico fell to 25-26 overall and 7-13 in the Mountain West Conference. BYU moved to 42-18 and 14-6 in league play.
The Lobos honored four seniors throughout the game including Liz Young, Ashley Allen, Lindsey Elcess and Kelly Ninemire. UNM record its most wins since the 2004 season and the most under head coach Ty Singleton.
New Mexico jumped ahead 2-0 in the top of the first inning. Elcess and freshman Gabriella Parra had run-scoring singles during the frame.
BYU cut the deficit in half with an unearned run in the second. With the score 2-1 after two and half innings, UNM would added on another. The Lobos plated a run on a shot up the middle by sophomore Katie Gilmore.
The Cougars tied the game at 3-3 in the top of the fourth inning. Kristin De La Houssaye delivered a two RBI double to knot the game.
The final run for UNM came in the fifth inning on a single by Parra. Junior Samantha Hughes scored on the play. Parra went 3-for-4 in the game with two RBI.
BYU sealed the come from behind victory with two runs in the sixth and three more in the seventh. The Cougars had 15 hits in the game and were led by De La Houssaye who went 3-for-4 with four RBI.
UNM threw three different pitchers in the game but freshman Madelyn Machac (6-8) took the loss. Senior Kelly Ninemire started and received the no decision. Senior Ashley Allen closed out the game for New Mexico pitching the final two outs.
Christina Trice got the win for BYU after coming on in relief. Trice threw 3 2/3 innings allowing a run on four hits and improved to 17-7.
A complete season recap will be posted on www.GoLobos.com in the next couple of weeks.