March 18, 2007
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- New Mexico softball hit four home runs Sunday and received solid pitching from junior Kelly Ninemore to run-rule Utah Valley State, 8-0 in five innings. The Lobos pounded out 10 hits and plated eight runs at Lobo Field to take the three-game series 2-1 and improve to 7-10. The Wolverines fall to 9-14 on the year.
The Lobos took an early 3-0 lead after scoring a run in the first three frames. UNM hit back-to-back leadoff solo home runs in the first and second innings. Sophomore Samantha Hughes lined her second homer of the year to left center field in the first inning and senior Becky Dover hit her first home run in the second. The run in the third was scored on an error by the Wolverines.
UNM maintained a 3-0 lead until the fifth inning. The Lobos posted five runs on six hits to reach the run-rule limit. UNM out-hit the Wolverines 10-1 on its way to the victory.
In the fifth inning, the Lobos rattled off a string of six hits and a walk to seal the game. Hughes led off with a triple to right center and was followed by an Analise Rubalcava two-run homer to right center field. Senior Amy Ray gave UNM its first back-to-back home runs of the year with a solo shot over the right field fence. Junior Lindsey Elcess continued the rally with a walk. Freshman Katie Gilmore doubled to right center to score Elcess from first and Dover singled to right. Freshman Sara Loeffelholz had the game-winning RBI with a single to left field to score Gilmore.
Three different Lobos had multiple hits including Hughes, Ray and Dover. Ray was perfect from the plate going 3-for-3 with an RBI and run scored. Hughes went 2-for-2 with three runs and an RBI, while Dover went 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI.
Ninemire threw five complete innings of one-hit ball against the Wolverines in the series finale. Ninemire picked up two victories this weekend and moved to 4-5. In 12 2/3 innings of work, Ninemire had 12 strikeouts, did not allow a run and only gave up four hits in three appearances. She also did not walk a single batter against Utah Valley State.
The Lobos return to action this weekend in Tucson, Ariz., against the defending national champion Arizona Wildcats. UNM will play a three-game set with Arizona starting Friday night at 7 p.m. For more information about Lobo athletics visit www.GoLobos.com.