Feb. 9, 2008
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- The University of New Mexico softball team opened the 2008 season by splitting a double-header against Evansville on Saturday. The Lobos took the first game 4-1 and fell 10-4 in the second. The Lobos opened a brand new Lobo Field with their first victory in a season opener since the 2001 season.
In the season opener, New Mexico played defense behind senior pitcher Kelly Ninemire. The Lobos struck first with two runs in the second then added one in the fourth and another in the sixth. Ninemire pitched the complete game giving up just one run on five hits. She only gave one free pass while sending eight to the bench to earn the win.
In the second game, freshman Kyla Nelson was on the rubber for the Lobos the entire game. She gave up just four runs on nine hits and two walks while collecting three strikeouts in her first collegiate game.
Elcess hit her second homerun in as many games and finished the day 3-5 with three RBIs in the two games.
Sophomore Sara Loeffelholz also went long in game two. She also finished the day 3-5 knocking in three runs.
New Mexico's defensive had trouble controlling the ball to start the second game, giving up five errors and six unearned runs.
New Mexico and Evansville are both 1-1 with the first games of 2008 in the books. The two programs will finish the 3-game series tomorrow at 1 p.m.