March 1, 2008
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- New Mexico softball beat Oklahoma State, 3-2, Saturday at Lobo Field. The Lobos erupted for three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and have won the first two games against the Cowgirls. UNM collected four hits in the game and improved to 8-5 on the season. Oklahoma State fell to 10-8 overall. The series finale is slated for Sunday at 1 p.m. MT.
The game proved to be a pitcher's dual until the fourth inning. Both pitchers had only allowed one hit through the first three innings. Sophomore Sara Loeffelholz had the first hit for New Mexico in the third, after drilling a single through the left side of the infield.
In the fourth, Kim Kaye gave Oklahoma State its first and only lead of the game on a two-run homer down the right field line. The shot gave OSU a 2-0 lead and proved to be the final runs for the Cowgirls. Oklahoma State managed three hits in the game.
New Mexico responded with three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and took a 3-2 lead. Senior Ashley Allen singled up the middle with bases loaded to score two runs and the final go ahead run came on a wild pitch. Freshmen Scottie Jo Turcotte Gabriella Parra scored in the inning along with junior Analise Rubalcava.
Senior Kelly Ninemire received the win and moved to 5-2 on the season. Ninemire pitched 7.0 innings allowing two runs on three hits. Freshman Kyla Nelson came on in relief in the seventh inning but only threw two pitches before Ninemire came back into the game.
Amanda Crabtree took the loss and fell to 5-5 this season. Crabtree struck out five UNM batters and only gave up three runs on four hits. The series finale is slated for 1 p.m. MT Sunday at Lobo Field. Gametracker and live video will be available on www.GoLobos.com.