March 8, 2008
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- New Mexico softball defeated Georgetown, 5-4, and Wright State, 8-4, Saturday in the final two games of the UNM Classic held at Lobo Field. The Lobos extended their winning streak to nine games and were led by Albuquerque native Gabriella Parra. Parra went 4-for-6 in two games with two homers against the Hoyas and scored four runs and four RBI. New Mexico improved to 13-5 with the wins and captured the tournament title.
In the first game, Georgetown scored two early runs in the top of the first inning. The Hoyas had three consecutive hits the plate the runs.
New Mexico tied the game in the bottom of the inning on back-to-back home runs by senior Lindsey Elcess and Parra.
The game remained tied until the fifth, when Georgetown plate two runs on two hits. In the inning, Kristi Pruess and Demetria Cipriano scored. The Hoyas led 4-2 after four and a half inning.
UNM bounced back in the home half of the fifth inning on a three-run homer by Parra. The long ball was her second of the game as she went 2-for-3 with two runs and four RBI. After the blast, New Mexico led 5-4 and cruised to the victory.
Senior Kelly Ninemire got the win after throwing six inning allowing five runs on seven hits. Ninemire moved to 8-2 with the victory.
The Lobos came away with another victory in the nightcap after downing Wright State, 8-4. New Mexico wasted little time jumping out to a 3-0 lead. Freshman Tianna George launched her third homer of the year to give UNM a 1-0 lead. Elcess followed George with a walk and later came around to score with Parra who singled in the single. During the inning, UNM plated three runs on two hits and took advantage of an error by the Raiders first baseman.
WSU picked up a run in the top of the second inning on a run-scoring triple by Michelle Logan. Logan scored Bridget Henry from second after she doubled to left field.
UNM erupted for five runs in the bottom of the third inning and put the game out of reach. In the inning, the Lobos had four hits including a three-run homer by sophomore catcher Erin Brandow. Brandow cleared the bases on her first collegiate long ball.
The Raiders mounted a comeback with three runs in the fifth but couldn't overcome the early deficit. WSU fell to 7-12 with the loss and Allison Cox was the losing pitcher.
Freshman Madelyn Machac got the win for UNM and improved to 2-0 on the season. Machac pitched 4.1 innings allowing four runs on nine hits. Ninemire came on in relief and threw the final 2.2 innings of one hit ball.
In the final game, UNM had nine hits with Parra being the only batter with multiple hits.
UNM travels to Tucson, Ariz., this weekend to battle No. 10 Arizona who is the defending national champions. The Lobos take on the Wildcats in a three-game series starting Friday at 7 p.m. For more information visit www.GoLobos.com.