April 18, 2008
ALBUQUERQUER, N.M. --- The 22nd-ranked San Diego State Aztecs swept a doubleheader against New Mexico softball Friday at Lobo Field. UNM dropped game one 2-0 and fell in the nightcap, 6-4. The Lobos recorded 14 hits during the twinbill with six hits in game one and eight in game two. UNM fell to 20-16 overall and 4-4 in the Mountain West Conference. The Aztecs improved to 33-13 on the year and 4-4 in league play.
In game one, SDSU plated a run in the first inning and another in the fourth to secure the win. Aztec starter Christina Ross cruised to the victory after pitching a six hit shutout and improved to 21-10.
New Mexico received a quality pitching performance from senior Kelly Ninemire but no run support downed the Lobos. Ninemire threw the complete seven innings allowing two runs on six hits. UNM offensively threatened to score a couple of times but stranded eight.
The nightcap was battle for both squads. SDSU scored first with four runs in the top of the third but UNM responded with three in the home half of the inning. The game remained 4-3 until the Aztecs scored one in the fifth and sixth innings. UNM added their final run on a double by Senior Lindsey Elcess in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Sophomore Sara Loeffelholz and Elcess went 2-for-4 in the contest.
Freshman Madelyn Machac took the loss and dropped to 4-3. Ninemire came on in relief to close out the game.
Brooke Petty received the win for SDSU and improved to 6-1. Ross closed out the game and was credited with the save. It was her second of the season.
UNM hosts UNLV for single games Saturday and Sunday at Lobo Field. The Rebels and Lobos play Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.