Feb. 10, 2007
TEMPE, Ariz. --- The New Mexico softball team pounded out 13 runs on 12 hits to upset the third-ranked UCLA Bruins, 13-1, Saturday night in five innings. Junior pitcher Kelly Ninemire dominated in the circle throwing five innings allowing a run and holding UCLA to two hits. Sophomore Samantha Hughes and freshman Katie Gilmore both hit their first home runs of the year and led UNM at the plate. The Lobos pick up their first victory of the season and move to 1-3 on the season. The upset of UCLA (1-3) was the first victory in the Ty Singleton era at UNM.
"UCLA is a great opponent and we have tremendous respect for its program," said Singleton. "We are very excited about the overall effort. When you face a team the caliber of UCLA it's easy to tighten up but we remained aggressive in every aspect of the game to the very end. We had great at-bats and made plays defensively early to set the tone. There are so many people that had a great game and it was truly a team accomplishment. This is a credit to the team and their hard work."
UNM struck first in the top of the second inning with two runs on three hits. Hughes started a two out rally with a solo home run over the left field fence and was followed by back-to-back singles from junior Ashley Allen and freshman Erin Brandow to push across another run.
UCLA bounced back with a run in the bottom of the second frame to pull within one of UNM. The Lobos took a 2-1 lead into the third inning, when the offense exploded for five runs on five hits. UNM led off the inning with a single by sophomore Analise Rubalcava and proceeded to rattle off four hits in the next five at-bats including a walk by junior Lindsey Elcess. After the offensive showcase by the Lobos, the score stood at 7-1.
Ninemire (1-1) cruised through the last three innings getting UCLA to go down in order and setting up the offensive attack. In the game, Ninemire had three strikeouts and only one walk after facing 18 batters.
In the fifth, UNM sealed the victory with six runs on four hits. The late inning rally was jump started by back-to-back singles by Rubalcava and senior Amy Ray with two outs. Ray was followed by an Elcess two RBI double of the base of the left center field fence. Gilmore capped the rally with a two-run homerun to score Elcess and put UNM up 13-1.
UNM had eight different players collect at least one hit and four had two. Hughes went 2-for-2 with two runs and three RBI, while Gilmore had two hits in four trips to the disk.
The Lobos continue the Kajikawa Classic Sunday against Florida at 11 a.m. For more information about UNM athletics visit www.GoLobos.com.