Feb. 16, 2008
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. --- New Mexico softball defeated Middle Tennessee State, 7-5, Saturday afternoon before falling to Georgia Tech, 6-0, in the nightcap. The Lobos are 4-3 overall and will play in the consolation championship at 11 a.m. on Sunday. UNM has split on both days of the Hampton Inn Crimson Classic held at the Alabama Softball Complex.
New Mexico 7, Middle Tennessee State 5
UNM opened the day with a 7-5 victory over MTSU (1-6) and advanced to bracket play as the No. 2 seed. The Lobos pounded out seven runs on 12 hits including four players with multiple hits. Freshman Kyla Nelson was the winning pitcher and improved to 2-2 on the year. Nelson pitched 7 innings allowing five runs but only two runs were earned.
Freshman Gabriella Parra highlighted the game after going 2-for-3 including her first career home run. Parra finished the game with two runs scored and three RBI. Sophomore Sara Loeffelholz was 2-for-3 with a triple, a run scored and two RBI. Senior Ashley Allen and freshman Tianna George both collected two hits in the contest.
UNM managed to scored a run in the third and three in the fourth and six to secure the victory. MTSU tried to rally back in the bottom of the seventh with three runs but couldn't overcome the big deficit.
New Mexico 0, Georgia Tech 6
The Lobos opened bracket play against the Yellow Jackets (4-5) in the evening game and dropped a 6-0 decision. Senior Lindsey Elcess, sophomore Katie Gilmore and Parra had the only hits for UNM in the game.
New Mexico and Georgia Tech were scoreless until the top of the sixth inning. The Yellow Jackets plated a run in the sixth and five more in the seventh to pull away with the victory. The Lobos committed five errors in the game and helped Georgia Tech score six runs on seven hits.
The Lobos received another strong performance from senior pitcher Kelly Ninemire but could not provide any offensive support. Ninemire pitched six innings allowing three hits and only gave up a run. Despite the effort, Ninemire took the loss and falls to 2-1 overall. Nelson came on in relief in seventh and gave up three runs before freshman Madelyn Machac closed out the final inning. Machac gave up a run on a hit during her appearance.
The Crimson Classic continues Sunday starting at 11 a.m. CT when the Lobos take on MTSU. A complete recap and stats will be posted following the game on www.GoLobos.com.